Kelly House

Designation:
All on Devon Gazetteer
Type:
  • Parkland
Period/Century:
  • C18
Parish:
Kelly
OS Grid Ref:
SX 395 815
Map no.:
Landranger 201
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.

Listed Buildings

Kelly House is listed Grade II.

References

Cherry & Pevsner: The Buildings of England – Devon, 1989: 511-2
T Gray: The Garden History of Devon,1995: 128

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