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Hemerdon House

Statutory Designation: 

Hemerdon House is listed Grade II 

District: 
South Hams
Parish: 
Sparkwell
Grid ref: 
SX 574 575
Map no: 
Landranger 202
Type of site: 
Country house in a landscaped park
Description: 

An estate plan diverting the road is dated 1795.  The house, built for James Woollcombe around the same time, was probably completed only gradually - see the irregular window levels on the two main fronts.  These are of five and seven bays,three storeys, rendered, each with a central pediment.   Stockdale noted that it was‘situated on the northern borders of the parish, is chiefly remarkable as commanding avariety of the most extensive prospects`. The pair of gateposts with ball finials and the lodge mark the entrance to Hemerdon House, and a gently curving carriage drive through the parkland leads to the house; this detailed composition was designed to impress. The parkland has a pond and numerous mature parkland trees.  The walled garden is situated some distance behind the house. The house has remained in the Woollcombe family since it was built.

Hemerdon House
parkland
Conservation Area: 
No
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: 
No
Area of Great Landscape Value: 
No
Nature Conservation Zone: 
No
Coastal Preservation Area: 
No
National Park: 
No
Scheduled: 
No
Evidence: 
MapView plan, scale 1:2500, 1:3500 Ordnance Survey 2nd edition, 1907, scale 6” Getmapping aerial photograph 1:2500 Historic Maps c1880
References: 
Cherry & Pevsner: The Buildings of England – Devon, 1989: 756 T Gray: The Garden History of Devon, 1995: 124
Status: 
on Devon Gazetteer