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St Pirans and Surrounding Garden Walls

A Grade II* Listed Building in Tintagel, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.6703 / 50°40'13"N

Longitude: -4.7239 / 4°43'25"W

OS Eastings: 207621

OS Northings: 89170

OS Grid: SX076891

Mapcode National: GBR N2.74DN

Mapcode Global: FRA 07Z9.KH9

Plus Code: 9C2QM7CG+4F

Entry Name: St Pirans and Surrounding Garden Walls

Listing Date: 17 December 1962

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1223492

English Heritage Legacy ID: 68875

Location: Tintagel, Cornwall, PL34

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Tintagel

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Tintagel

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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4/218 St Pirans and surrounding garden
- walls

House and surrounding garden wall. Circa late C16, probably with earlier origins.
Slate stone rubble. Rag slate roofs with gable ends and a considerable number of
early crested ridge tiles surviving. Stone rubble and brick end stacks and projecting
stone rubble rear lateral hall stack with cloam oven projection.
Plan: The original plan is uncertain and the house probably has earlier origins
although evidence is limited as the roof structure to the main range was probably
replaced in the mid to late C17. 3 room and through passage plan, the lower end on
left heated by an end stack, the hall heated by a rear lateral stack with cloam oven
projection and with a hall bay adjoining on the higher right hand side of the
fireplace on the rear. The inner room to right is heated by an end stack. The stone
rubble cross walls between the hall and inner room and on the lower side of the hall,
continue up to the apex. The stone rubble winder stair on the rear wall towards the
lower side of the hall, is lit by an early narrow splayed lancet window and probably
originally gave access to the chamber above the lower end. In circa mid C17 a 2-
storey unheated wing of one-room plan was added to the rear of the passage, probably
reusing a circa C16 truss in the roof structure. In circa mid C19 the front wall and
lower gable end of the lower room on left was rebuilt and two 2-storey probably
service wings, each of one room plan, were added on the front of the inner room and
higher side of the hall.
Exterior: Two storeys. Long 6-window asymmetrical front with entrance to left of
centre and double gable end of C19 extensions on right. Circa C19 stone rubble lean-
to porch with C19 4-pane sash on ground floor to left. To right, 2-light hollow
chamfered mullion window, circa C20 lean-to porch and C19 and C20 windows in the C19
extensions beyond. First floor with 4-pane sash to left and two 2-light mullion
windows in gabled half dormers above and to left of the entrance with a two-light
mullion window to right. Circa late C19 or early C20 12-pane sash and C19 horizontal
sliding sash in the gable ends of the C19 extensions to right. Especially unspoilt
rear elevation with projecting lateral hall stack near centre, a 2-storey gabled hall
bay adjoining to left and a gabled wing to rear of the passage on the right. Ground
floor with 3-light mullion window lighting inner room on left, and hall bay to left
of centre with 2-light mullion windows in gabled half dormers above. A narrow
chamfered lancet window, which is deeply splayed on the interior, lights the winder
stair on the right of the projecting hall stack. The unheated wing has a C20 door on
the ground floor, the lintel comprising a piece of circa C15 carved oak rescued from
the roof of Minster Church (qv Church of St Merthiana, Forrabury and Minster) after
the C19 restoration by J P St Aubyn 2-light mullion window to first floor.
Interior: Through passage intact with circa late C16 or C17 rear door, studded with
original strap hinges ornamented with fleur-de-lys. Chamfered timber frame, the stops
eroded. The left hand, lower end has been remodelled in the C19. The hall fireplace
projects into the room and the lintel has straight cut stops. The hall bay adjoining
has chamfered beams with ogee moulded stops and the cill of the window is reputed to
have come from Minster church. Small deep cupboard in higher side wall of hall bay
possibly opens out to exterior; circa C17 doors with scratch moulded frame and
butterfly hinges. Chamfered ceiling beams to inner room. In chamber above hall, stone
shelf which maybe associated with a remodelled fireplace although traditionally
attributed as a monk's penance bed.
Roof structure: To main range circa late C17 roof structure; the principals either
deeply halved, lap-jointed and pegged at the apices or with morticed apices and the
collars lap-jointed and pegged onto the face of the principals. Two tiers of trenched
purlins. The carpenter's marks do not appear to correlate with the structure and
indicate that the trusses have been altered or reused. In the rear circa C17 wing is
one probably reused truss which originally had a morticed collar, now replaced with a
lap-jointed and pegged collar.
The stone rubble garden walls surrounding the house have battlemented parapets with
slate strings. On the north wall is a reused timber lintel, possibly from Minster
Church with a stone cross above. There are several pieces of Medieval tracery which
have been reset in outbuildings within the walls and there is a slate settle on the
south side of the garden.

Listing NGR: SX0762189170

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