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Youlston Park

A Grade I Listed Building in Shirwell, Devon

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Latitude: 51.1185 / 51°7'6"N

Longitude: -4.021 / 4°1'15"W

OS Eastings: 258646

OS Northings: 137408

OS Grid: SS586374

Mapcode National: GBR KS.9WQ5

Mapcode Global: VH4MS.843X

Plus Code: 9C3Q4X9H+9H

Entry Name: Youlston Park

Listing Date: 25 February 1965

Last Amended: 17 May 1985

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1163754

English Heritage Legacy ID: 98232

Location: Youlston Park, North Devon, Devon, EX31

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Shirwell

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Shirwell St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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5/59 Youlston Park

- I

Mansion House. Detached mediaeval hall and kitchen blocks encased in late C17th
remodelling when the west wing was added. Further extensive alterations in the mid
C18th. Random coursed ashlar and rubblestone with slate roofs and brick chimney
stacks, except for rubble stone stack at rear of the hall. The kitchen block is
rendered. 2 storeys. Courtyard plan with 7-bay extension to west. The south
front consists of two 2-bay gabled projections with blind lunettes and timber
sashes 6 panes per sash with glazing bars to each side of the encased hall which
has 3 dummy windows above 3 sashes with glazing bars. The entrance porch supported
on 4 classical stone columns, covered in ivy, is in the western gabled projection.
To the left, the recessed west wing of ashlar above rubble stone, has 7 bays of
sashes with glazing bars 9-panes per sash and flat stone arches. Gable end to left
and half-hipped roof to right. The east front has a bay of sashes to each side of
a lateral stack then a venetian window above door with a heavy stone lintel and
pillars, then 5 bays of sashes with glazing bars 6 panes per sash. To the rear is
the domestic wing with octagonal open bell turret and weathervane with octagonal
clock dial below. Interiors: Ground floor room at end of west wing has
magnificant late C17 plaster ceiling of 6 shaped panels around oval centrepiece
with dense foliage in high relief with moulded cornice. 2 diagonally opposite
corner porch contain shields, the other 2 have herons and eels, all Chichester
family emblems. Ornately carved fireplace with grotesque heads above foliage to
each side of overmantel. The Chinese room in the west wing has rare Chinese
wallpaper (c.1760) on all four walls, and ornamental plaster ceiling of draped
foliage with pendants around rectangular panel with cherubs heads in the angles. 4
thin outer panels, the side ones containing central shields with heron heads. The
main staircase has replaced C20 treads but richly carved strings and swags on the
newel-posts. C17 panelling to entrance hall with coats of arms painted in top
panels. Ornately carved fireplace and plaster ceiling of curvilinear geometrical
pattern. The coved ceiling of the original open hall to the east is a C20
replacement; only parts of the enriched moulded plaster cornice, circular niches
with festoons at each end, and an inserted plastered panel depicting mythological
scenes in the north wall survive. Threequarter height panelling swept up to
accommodate classical fireplace with fluted pilasters and voluted supports to
mantel. Concealed above the coved ceiling is a fine mediaeval roof consisting of 5
trusses of base crucks with arch-braced collars supporting crown posts. A curved
windbrace between each truss is jointed into soffit of a single set of through
purlins. Room at east end has 9 panelled trabeated ceiling with plaster
decorations and doorway with Corinthian capitals. Formerly seat of Chichesters.
The interiors are very fine. Rooflights have been introduced in places. See
also: Game Larder Youlston Park, The Lodges Youlston Park, The Stables Youlston

Listing NGR: SS5864737395

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