Listed Building: BICKHAM AND WALLS ENCLOSING GARDEN ON NORTH EAST FRONT
444, 7, 101
22 May 1969
Date last amended
SS94SE TlMBERSCOMBE CP TIMBERSCOMBE VILLAGE 7/101 Bickham and walls enclosing garden on north-east front 22.5.69 - II
Manor house. Part of the medieval manor and chapel may be incorporated into the C17 L-plan house, west wing added C18, reroofed, enlarged on south west front early C20 and house roughcast, Roughcast over rubble, plinth to east wing and centre block, slate roofs, gabled fronted overhanging eaves, large external stacks to kitchen gable end and to west gable end. Tall early C20 roughcast stacks. Plan: irregular U-plan; probably 3-cell and cross passage with cross wing, corridor inserted on north west front when entrance resited and balancing cross wing added; facing north west with 2-bay loggia right and walls enclosing garden left. North west front: 2 storeys with attic, 2:3:2 bays, irregularly gabled centre, gabled wings, glazed roundels gable ends, others all 12-pane sash windows, empty semi-circular headed niche above central entrance, 3 X 4 panel door with raised surrounds, early C20 flat roofed porch carried on shaped brackets with dentil moulded cornice, 4 curved stops. To right catslide roof with dormer over 2 bay loggia, right return similarly gabled and fenestrated, 2 windows first floor, 3 ground floor. Rear elevation 2:5 bays, gable end left, irregularly placed 12-pane sash windows, C18 door to cross passage between second and third bays right. Interior: partially viewed. Main feature of interest is dogleg stair with mid-late C18 Chinese Chippendale style dog-gate and short section of balustrade between colonnettes, moulded surround with keystone to semi-circular arched opening to stairwell. Reset t16 panelling with frieze in room beyond. Wall enclosing garden on north east front including 2 bay structure abutting house, red sandstone random rubble, about 3 metres high. This was the home of the Elsworth family one of whom, Richard, endowed the school (not included) at Timberscombe, commemorated by a handsome plaque on the subsequently altered building. The chest tomb of William Withycombe (qv) of Bickham is in the churchyard of St John the Baptist, Carhampton CP. (Pevsner, Buildings of England, South and West Somerset, 1958).
Listing NGR: SS9502741789