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Fremington Manor House Including Entrance Gateway Attached to West Side

A Grade II* Listed Building in Fremington, Devon

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Latitude: 51.073 / 51°4'22"N

Longitude: -4.1248 / 4°7'29"W

OS Eastings: 251238

OS Northings: 132554

OS Grid: SS512325

Mapcode National: GBR KN.DLX0

Mapcode Global: FRA 2678.YPS

Plus Code: 9C3Q3VFG+53

Entry Name: Fremington Manor House Including Entrance Gateway Attached to West Side

Listing Date: 6 July 1976

Last Amended: 29 May 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1325314

English Heritage Legacy ID: 98737

Location: Fremington, North Devon, Devon, EX31

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Fremington

Built-Up Area: Fremington

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Fremington St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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SS 53 SW
2/31 Fremington Manor House including
entrance gateway attached to west
side (formerly listed as Fremington

Manor house, with gateway attached. 1881 by E Newton. Brick with ashlar
dressings. Slate roofs concealed by tall parapet above modillion cornice.
Scattered brick stacks with moulded caps with recessed panelled sides to shafts,
the principal stacks corbelled Lombard-style at top.
Overall large rectangular plan orientated north/south. The long west side is the
entrance side and contains the entrance hall and staircase. The rectangular shape
of the plan is broken on the opposite east side by a 2-storey bow and a 3-bay
projection. The east side extends further north than the west side, screening the
L-shaped stable block which has been converted for habitation. The opposite south
end is treated as an imposing symmetrical garden front.
Wrenaissance style. 2 storeys and attic storey. Symmetrical south facade of 7 bays
with ashlar quoins and stone balustrade to parapet over central 2 bays surmounted
by two classical urns. All windows have eared bolection moulded architraves with
grotesque head keystones with sill bands supported by moulded console brackets.
All 18 paned hornless sashes, the upper storey windows with cambered heads.
Central doorway with fluted pilasters with Corinthian capitals. Large central
grotesque head keystone, dentilled cornice and pediment with short colonnettes, the
wings of which form grotesque heads, flanking central achievement. 15-paned three-
quarter glazed door with 2-panelled base. Lead rainwater heads and pipes flank the
3 central bays.
East facade: 1:3:2:3:5 windows. The left-hand 3 windows form a 2-storey bow with
giant fluted Corinthian moulded brick pilasters and a moulded brick panelled frieze
at first floor level, the 3 central panels containing moulded brick crests. The
right-hand 3 windows break forward. All the window openings have rubbed flat brick
arches and tall sashes with glazing bars except for ground floor French windows in
At the north-east corner is a pedimented bell tower with semi-circular arched bell-
opening at the top with keystone. Brick courtyard wall extending north with
embattled parapet corbelled out Lombard-style. West side has clock turret to
centre of former stable block with cupola.
Principal west facade divided into 7 bays by plain pilasters, a short bay at left
end with sash on each floor, then 2 bays with 2 sashes on each floor, centre bay
with 2 sashes above impressive doorway with large decorative fanlight with heavily
moulded surround, above foliated frieze with large grotesque head to keystone,
fluted pilasters with Corinthian capitals flanking heavy door with faceted lozenge
design and 4 paned sidelights. The three right end bays have a round-arched stair
window to centre, with single sash on each floor to left and blind bay to right.
The entrance gateway extends westward from the centre of this facade and has a
semi-circular arched gateway with winged pediment above the dentilled cornice.
Interior: some Cl7 and C18 panelling, overmantles and doors bought for the new
house. The entrance hall, main staircase hall and drawing room (formerly a
ballroom) being the finest rooms. The entrance hall has heavy C17 style panelling
with elaborate chimneypiece of 2 tiers of decorative panelling, the lower tier with
blind semi-circular arched tracery flanked by carved caryatids and fluted Ionic
pilasters, the latter also to each side of the fireplace. Tall niche with carved
keyblock to south wall with linen fold decoration to the double doors to left.
Trabeated ceiling with carved bosses at the intersections. The rear of the
entrance door has C17 scratch-moulded framing and ledging. Stair hall has dog-leg
staircase with heavy barley sugar balusters and newels which have flame finials,
and trailing foliage to the carved toprail and moulded handrail. Panelled walls
and decorative plasterwork ceiling, rectangular with large foils at each end,
central mythical beast and foliated frieze. Door surround at head of stairs with
engaged shafts and multifoiled decorative archway. Former ballroom has heavy
modillion cornice, Adam style oval centrepiece with spaced fluted pilasters with
ornate capitals with rectangular panel flanked by roundels depicting mythical
scenes on north wall and similar panel and single roundel on south wall. Dado
panelling and chimneypiece flanked by pilasters with double rams heads to capitals
and diminishing drops. 2 door surrounds at west end with painted decoration to the
architraves and ornate pediments to each side of central panel with similar
decorative pediment. Some of the bedrooms on south side contain panelling and one
has C18 Adam style overmantle with central urn in scrolling foliage surround.

Listing NGR: SS5123832554

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