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Kelly House

Statutory Designation: 

Kelly House is listed Grade II

Parish: 
Kelly
Grid ref: 
SX 395 815
Map no: 
Landranger 201
Type of site: 
C18 parkland
Description: 

There is a well documented history of the building, (rare in Devon), showing what a local architect was capable of in the middle of the eighteenth century.  The house was built in 1724-3 for Arthur Kelly, to designs by Abraham Rundle, joiner and architect of Tavistock.  It is a competent, regularly planned, two storey, rendered house of five by five bays with a hipped roof, the usual early eighteenth century type.  White (1850)noted that ‘It stands on a commanding eminence, in a richly wooded park, from which a road descends to a sylvan valley, where a rivulet supplies a small lake, and gushesover several rocky heights, in beautiful cascades.‘  The two storey sables have a central pediment, hipped roof, and little cupola.  The brick granary is on staddle-stones which is unusual for the area.       

 

Conservation Area: 
No
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: 
No
Area of Great Landscape Value: 
Yes
Nature Conservation Zone: 
No
Coastal Preservation Area: 
No
National Park: 
Yes
Scheduled: 
No
Evidence: 
MapView plan, scale 1:2500 Ordnance Survey 1932 revision scale 1:2500 (WCSL sheet)
References: 
Cherry & Pevsner: The Buildings of England – Devon, 1989: 511-2 T Gray: The Garden History of Devon,1995: 128
Status: 
on Devon Gazetteer