Gatcombe House

Designation:
All on Devon Gazetteer
Type:
  • Gardens
Parish:
Littlehempston
Local Authority:
South Hams
OS Grid Ref:
SX 821 624
Map no.:
Landranger 202
Description:

A neat white rendered country house (now subdivided into four tenements) built around four sides of a courtyard.  Gatcombe house was a Domesday  Manor.  Richard  Fortescue sold it to William Bogan, Mayor of Totnes in 1542.  His son married Prothesy Bodley, sister of Sir Thomas Bodley who founded the Bodleian Library.  Whilst it has an early C19 appearance, it is a C16 house altered in the C17, C18 and early and mid C19. It incorporates work from the late Tudor period onwards.  The entrance range of c.1830, has a deep Tuscan porch with Ionic pilasters above.  The parallel back wing is the hall range of the Tudor house of the Bogans. In the garden wall adjoining there is a reset tablet inscribed ‘W.B. 1687’

Listed Buildings

House listed Grade II*.

 

 

References

Cherry & Pevsner:  The Buildings of England – Devon, 1989: 539