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Summerhouse Approximately 120 Metres South-West of Wood House

A Grade II* Listed Building in South Tawton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7473 / 50°44'50"N

Longitude: -3.9104 / 3°54'37"W

OS Eastings: 265318

OS Northings: 95927

OS Grid: SX653959

Mapcode National: GBR Q7.7982

Mapcode Global: FRA 27P3.JDX

Plus Code: 9C2RP3WQ+WR

Entry Name: Summerhouse Approximately 120 Metres South-West of Wood House

Listing Date: 4 March 1988

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1326114

English Heritage Legacy ID: 94981

Location: South Tawton, West Devon, Devon, EX20

County: Devon

Civil Parish: South Tawton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: South Tawton St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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1/184 Summerhouse approximately 120
metres south-west of Wood House


Summerhouse. 1899-1905 by Thomas Mawson. Partly-roughcast granite stone rubble
laid to rough courses with dressed granite quoins and granite ashlar detail;
probably Cotswold stone slab roof.
Plan: Summerhouse built up the hillslope from and facing Wood House (q.v.) to the
north-east. It comprises a single room with right lateral stack and left bay window
built at right angles to rear of the centre of a semi-circular roofed arcade. At
each end the last bay has probably always been enclosed but in the mid C17 these
have been converted to service rooms.
Exterior: curving arcade is supported on a series of turned monolithic granite
Tuscan posts, the outer end bays defined by square section posts and infilled with
C20 walls. The end walls are granite and each contains a round-headed niche with
eared architrave around. The roof is hipped each end and has a decorated lead
gutter. At the back, in the centre are pairs of posts in front of the doorway to
the Summerhouse room. The bay window here is granite-mullioned in the same style as
the house and contains rectangular panes of leaded glass.
Interior: finished to the same standard as the main house. The granite ashlar
fireplace has a cable-moulded surround, so too do-the 2 round-headed alcoves of the
granite chimneypiece. The lintel is carved with a Latin inscription. The room is
lined with fielded panel oak wainscotting and above the dado are panels with moulded
plaster architraves. Coved plaster cornice and the ceiling of the bay is enriched
with ornamental plasterwork in the Jacobean vernacular style.
This summerhouse is part of an extensive landscaping scheme conceived by Mawson to
go with the rebuilding of Wood House (q.v.). Mawson himself considered the whole
scheme as one of his major achievements.
Source: T H Mawson The Art and Craft of Garden Making, (5th edition) includes
copious notes and illustrations of Wood House.

Listing NGR: SX6531895927

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