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Strete Ralegh House

A Grade II Listed Building in Whimple, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7515 / 50°45'5"N

Longitude: -3.3471 / 3°20'49"W

OS Eastings: 305062

OS Northings: 95518

OS Grid: SY050955

Mapcode National: GBR P5.W1N6

Mapcode Global: FRA 37W3.7T9

Plus Code: 9C2RQM23+H4

Entry Name: Strete Ralegh House

Listing Date: 11 November 1952

Last Amended: 24 October 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1163047

English Heritage Legacy ID: 86965

Location: Whimple, East Devon, Devon, EX5

County: Devon

District: East Devon

Civil Parish: Whimple

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Whimple St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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6/210 Strete Ralegh House (formerly
listed as Strete Raleigh Hotel)
- II

Small country house, now divided into flats. Main house is very similar to
Winscombe Park, Southleigh, which is dated 1826; some modernisation in the early C20
by the Imbert-Terry family. Plastered brick and stone rubble with limestone ashlar
dressings; brick stacks and plastered chimney-shafts, most with moulded stone coping;
slate coping.
Plan: the main house is rectangular in plan. The entrance is on the north long
side, the garden front to south. A little distance to east is the service block.
It is the same width as the main block but is set at right angles to it; 2 rooms
wide under parallel roofs. Main block and former service block are joined by a
narrow connecting block on the south. Most of the rooms are heated by a series of
axial stacks. The main stair occupies the north-west corner. The main feature of
the early C20 refurbishment is the north porch with a 1-room plan extension
alongside. House is 2 storeys with attics. The 2 phases are in different
Tudor Gothic styles.
Exterior: the south (garden) front of the main house has a once-symmetrical 4-
window front. Most are original tall and narrow 2-light timber sash windows with
glazing bars, cinquefoil heads with sunk spandrels and stone Tudor - style
hoodmoulds. The attic windows have had their cinquefoil heads cut off and a couple
of windows are C20 (one, ground floor left, converted to a French window). Symmetry
is upset by the insertion of a larger early C20 stone mullion and transom window
with hoodmould and containing a rectangular pane of leaded glass. Each end corner
has set back buttresses with weathered offsets and there is a similar buttress in
the middle. Each end has a gable with stone coping and between these gables is an
embattled parapet. The left (west) end has a 2-window front in the same style.
Here the windows are 3 lights and mostly intact originals. The original north front
is mostly hidden behind the early C20 extension but at the right (west) end a 2-
window section of original fenestration remains and here is a late C20 inserted
doorway with a Queen Anne style doorcase. The early C20 extension has similar set-
back buttresses to the old house, but the windows here are distinctive; stone
mullion-and-transom windows containing rectangular panes of leaded glass. The
entrance porch doorway is a large stone Tudor arch with moulded surround, quatrefoil
panels in the spandrels and hoodmoulds which step over a plaque carved with the
Imbert-Terry arms. The former service block contains some original sashes at first
floor level, most now missing their original cinquefoil heads, some early C20 stone
- mullion windows (tne connecting block contains only these) and on the east long
side some conventional 12-pane sashes and an early C19 bow window containing a 16-
pane sash.
Interior: contains good early C19 and early C20 carpentry, plaster and other
details. In the entrance hall the original front doorway (to the porch) has been
blocked but the arch-headed fanlight with Y-tracery glazing bars remains. The stone
open well stair has cast iron balusters and a mahogany handrail. Bold moulded
plaster cornice round the stair hall. The early C20 room alongside the north porch
has a large carved stone chimneypiece and ornamental moulded plaster ceiling, both
in a kind of Tudor/Jacobean style.
Strete Ralegh was Estreeta in Domesday and lies on the old Roman road between Exeter
and Honiton.
Source: Devon SMR.

Listing NGR: SY0506295518

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