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Old Mansion House

A Grade II* Listed Building in Truro, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.2629 / 50°15'46"N

Longitude: -5.0484 / 5°2'54"W

OS Eastings: 182829

OS Northings: 44775

OS Grid: SW828447

Mapcode National: GBR ZF.XH32

Mapcode Global: FRA 089B.K0V

Plus Code: 9C2P7X72+5J

Entry Name: Old Mansion House

Listing Date: 29 December 1950

Last Amended: 30 July 1993

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1206030

English Heritage Legacy ID: 377559

Location: Truro, Cornwall, TR1

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Truro

Built-Up Area: Truro

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: St Mary Truro

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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880-1/7/245 (North side)
29/12/50 No.9
Old Mansion House
(Formerly Listed as:
(North side)
Old Mansion House)


Large town house. c1706-8. For Samuel Enys, extensively
renovated 1989-90. Painted brick, now rendered, front, rubble
and dressed stone, now rendered, at rear; steep hipped slate
roof with very deep eaves; fat axial brick stacks.
Double-depth plan. 2 storeys plus attics; symmetrical 7-window
front of 2:3:2-fenestration with slightly projecting
pedimented range to centre. Plinth, plain corner pilasters,
platband and moulded eaves cornice with heavy modillions;
central 3 bays are broken forward and surmounted by a
triangular pediment with oculus; central open-pedimented
doorcase with pilasters, panelled reveals, panelled door and
blind overlight and tall 12-pane hornless sashes which are
copies of the previous early C19 sashes; 2 pedimented dormers
have copies of C18 horizontal sliding sashes with heavy
glazing bars. Rear is slightly irregular and also has copies
of previous sashes. Left-hand wall has original 2-light
casement with heavy glazing bars to light attic.
INTERIOR: extensively restored during the 1980s repairs:
panelling has been taken out (so that walls could be treated),
repaired and reinstated; plasterwork has been repaired in situ
where possible and removed, repaired and reset where
C18 features include panelled doors, bolection-moulded
panelling, chimney pieces and moulded ceiling cornices to
entrance hall, right-hand room, landing (no fireplace),
first-floor front chambers and rear left-hand chamber; front
chambers have deeply-coved ceilings; left-hand chamber has
masks and shells to the corners and central angel with spray
of flowers; other chamber has cherub in moulded quatrefoil;
attic dogleg stair with twist splat balusters; 3
bolection-moulded chimney pieces to the attic and some oak
floorboards to entrance hall.
Staircase is a late C19 or early C19 insertion with open well,
ramped mahogany handrail and stick balusters. Other rooms have
early C19 joinery and plasterwork with moulded and carved
ceiling cornices including front left-hand room with guilloche
frieze and there are several C19 iron grates, some in C18
surrounds, others in C19 surrounds, including first-floor rear
right-hand room with early C19 moulded chimney piece with
corner blocks.
A substantial and early (for Cornwall) example of a
symmetrical classical-style town house with a double-depth
plan reflecting the progressions of the late C17.
(The Truro Buildings Research Group: Prince's Street and The
Quay Area: Truro: 1980-).

Listing NGR: SW8274444787

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