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A Grade II Listed Building in Awliscombe, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8087 / 50°48'31"N

Longitude: -3.2093 / 3°12'33"W

OS Eastings: 314888

OS Northings: 101717

OS Grid: ST148017

Mapcode National: GBR LW.YBS0

Mapcode Global: FRA 465Y.MJ3

Plus Code: 9C2RRQ5R+F7

Entry Name: Pulshayes

Listing Date: 22 February 1955

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1203984

English Heritage Legacy ID: 87007

Location: Awliscombe, East Devon, Devon, EX14

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Awliscombe

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Awliscombe St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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House. 1846 (datestone) but probably a remodelling of an earlier house shown on the
1809 OS map (old list description), late 1970s repairs. Rendered stone rubble with
stone dressings and a very steeply-pitched roof with deep eaves covered with red
hexagonal tiles; axial stack with a cluster of rendered shafts. A most unusual
design, dominated by a 3-stage tower and rather Germanic in character.
Plan: The core is a single depth, east-facing range, with 2 principal rooms and an
approximately central projecting stair tower at the front, square on plan, with a
tower room at the top. A north wing, at right angles to the main range and adjoining
at the north-west corner, contains service rooms. The main entrance of the house is
into a lean-to aganist the east wall of the north wing. Rear (west) outshut. The
accommodation has been extended into a co-eval farmbuilding adjoining the north wing
at the west.
Exterior: 2 storeys, 3 storey tower. Asymmetrical east front, the tower
approximately central with a moulded stone plinth and a steep pyramidal roof.
Moulded string courses mark the stages and the stair is lit by narrow, rectangular,
stone-framed windows. Under the eaves, lighting the tower room, pairs of quatrefoil
windows with square stone frames. On the east face, a datestone of 1846 associated
with a coat of arms is carved in relief and said to be Italian. To the right of the
tower an eccentric original canted bay window with hollow-chamfered stone mullions
and an idiosyncratic arrangement of stone shafts supported on stone corbels beneath
the cill. A similar window exists on the south side (left return). To the left of
the tower, a 2-light stone mullioned window with hollow-chamfered mullions. Other
windows on the south elevation are also original, some 1970s copies have been added
to the outshut.
Interior: Plan form largely intact, with service rooms upgraded, particularly the
outshut which is said to have been a dairy. Chimney-piece originate from elsewhere.
The stair has an original timber handrail curving round the central core. The tower
room is delighted; stained glass survives in the windows, the roof has a plaster
vault with diagonal ribs and a central foliage boss.
A remarkable building, said to have erected by an Italian. Its un-English character
is emphasised by an avenue of poplars (which post-date the house.)

Listing NGR: ST1488801717

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