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Latitude: 50.4217 / 50°25'18"N
Longitude: -4.1726 / 4°10'21"W
OS Eastings: 245763
OS Northings: 60240
OS Grid: SX457602
Mapcode National: GBR R5B.W2
Mapcode Global: FRA 274Y.484
Entry Name: Budshead, Remains of Mansion and Outbuildings
Listing Date: 25 January 1954
Last Amended: 9 November 1998
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1386357
English Heritage Legacy ID: 473742
Location: Plymouth, PL5
County: City of Plymouth
Electoral Ward/Division: Honicknowle
Parish: Non Civil Parish
Built-Up Area: Plymouth
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
SX46SE ROCHFORD CRESCENT
740-1/2/625 (North side (off))
25/01/54 St Budeaux, Ernesettle
Budshead: Remains of Mansion and
(Formerly Listed as:
Remains of Mansion at Budshead.
Remains of Outhouses)
Remains of mansion, now retained as picturesque ruins in a
public space. C16 and C17, was the seat of the Gorges family,
this house was largely demolished and a farmhouse was built in
the early C19, now demolished and the remains of the house
further reduced since 1975. Local rubble and dressed granite
or volcanic stone.
Walls surrounding a large square courtyard and further walls
on 3 sides of an irregular forecourt. There is a
through-passage alignment from front to rear. The embattled
and buttressed C16 front doorway is attached to a very thick
embattled curtain wall on its left and the 4-centred arched
doorway is heavily moulded and has carved spandrels and a
square hoodmould. The detached doorway on the right of the
forecourt is the former porch doorway which was at the front
of the C19 house. This feature has moulded coping above a
square hoodmould and the moulded 4-centred arched doorway has
carved spandrels and a cable moulding surrounding the
tympanum. The wide doorway at the back of the forecourt seems
to be a reconstruction and incorporates similar cable
moulding. The moulded doorway at the rear has a 2-centred arch
and the whole feature is probably re-set or re-assembled.
There are the foundations of the former barn nearby and there
is a cider-pressing base re-used as a seat.
HISTORY: Sir Ferdinand Gorges was appointed 1st Governor of
Maine in 1635. The house later came into the possession of the
Trelawneys, and Sir Harry Trelawney, ADC to the Duke of
Marlborough, specialised in ornamental gardens here. The
remains on this site suggest that Budshead was once a very
important house with fine architectural detail.
The Remains of Outbuildings were listed on 01/05/75.
Listing NGR: SX4576360240
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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