MSO10498 - Nettlecombe Court (Building)
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[ST 0564 3775] Nettlecombe Court (NR) (School) (NAT).  Nettlecombe Court carries the date 1599 and 1601 with documentary evidence for further rebuilding in 1602. Possibly the home of Simon Raleigh who retired to Nettlecombe after Agincourt. An inventory of 1526 shows that his mediaeval house had not then been enlarged in keeping with 16th Century practice.  The west front was remodelled in the Georgian style before 1768, and the south front has buttresses, which would point to the masonry being that of a house earlier than 1599.  See GP AO/65/66/4.  (ST 05643775) Nettlecombe Court (Field centre) (NAT).  ST03NE NETTLECOMBE CP Leonard Wills Field Centre (formerly listed as Nettlecome Court) 5/33 22.5.69 GV I Shown on OS map as Nettlecombe Court (school). Manor house, now field studies centre. Late medieval hall, cross passage and wing, now kitchens and pantry, 1599 entrance front, porch, great hall and parlour, circa 1641 addition to rear of great hall, 1703-7 South West front extended and staircase added in angle, plasterwork on stair 1753, South West wing decorated 1787-8, house stuccoed and North East service range added early C19, stucco removed mid C20. Squared and coursed red sandstone, moulded plinth, coped parapets, finials, slate roofs, hipped right. See listing for full details (DEM3221). [6-8] Additional bibliography. [9-15] Nettlecombe was granted by the King to Hugh de Ralegh in c.1160 and Nettlecombe Court was inherited by the Trevelyan family in the 1440s. The building is shown on a variety of historic maps. [16,17] The Historic England Archive contains a number of photographs and other collated documents about the site. [18-20] The building was visited in December 2013 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6.  A remarkable display of plasterwork spanning dates from c.1600 to c.1700. Hall - Ceiling Jacobean style; grotesque narrow frieze as in the hall at Montacute; huge overmantel with elaborate central panel with achievement of arms and supporters (Trevelyan impaling Chichester) - all early 17th Century; Wing Dining Room - Ceiling has four panels between moulded beams on acanthus brackets; frieze between the brackets is an unique large scale stylised angular meander; overmantel includes a coat of arms (Trevelyan impaling Strode) with initials MS and date 1641 (George Trevelyan married Margaret Strode in the 1630s); Wing Chamber Over - Ceiling has oval wreath enclosing Trevelyan crest, enriched ribs and corner panels with horses heads; overmantel includes a strapwork cartouche between acanthus brackets and the coat of arms of Margaret Strode's parents (Strode impaling Wyndham), c.1640; Southeastern parlour, adjacent study and chamber over - Ceilings all c.1700 with high relief naturalistic wreaths of husks, foliage etc; the Study also has central heavily moulded putto in palm fronds.  An update was undertaken for the Parkland Plan published in 2003 (see ). This included newly incorporated historic mapping and documentary evidence and research and restoration work on the landscape, as well as the results of a walkover survey undertaken in April 2015.  This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. 
- <1> SEM7220 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
- <2> SEM7948 Monograph: Tipping, H.A.. 1927. English Homes: Period III 1558-1649. 87-96.
- <3> SMO5711 Monograph: Pevsner, N.. 1958. The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset. Penguin Books. 254.
- <4> SMO7316 Unpublished document: PALMER, JP. Mid 1960s. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, F1, 4 May 1965.
- <5> SEM7578 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1976. 1:10000 Map, 1976. 1:10000.
- <6> SEM7328 Article in serial: Bush, R.J.E.. 1970. Nettlecombe Court. I. The Trevelyans and Other Residents of the Court. Field Studies. 3.
- <7> SMO5453 Serial: Country Life. 1 February 1908, p162-9.
- <8> SSO673 Index: 21/12/1984. Thirty-first List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Distict of West Somerset (Somerset). pp 19-22.
- <9> SMO5316 Serial: Dunning, R. W. (editor). 1985. A History of the County of Somerset. Oxford University Press for the Institute of Historical Research. 5. 114-115.
- <10> SEM7719 Monograph: Turner, T.H.. 1859. Some Account of Domestic Architecture of England From Edward I to Richard II, with Notices of Foreign Examples, and Numerous Illustrations of Existing Remains from Original Drawings, by the Editor of the Glossary of Architecture. James Park and Co.. Vol. 3. 2. Part 2, 343.
- <11> SMO5318 Monograph: Delderfield, E.R.. 1968. West Country historic houses and their families. Volume 1 : Cornwall, Devon and West Somerset . David and Charles Limited. 1. 101-104.
- <12> SEM341218 Article in serial: Unknown. 1869. Second Day: Excursion. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 15. Part I, pp 6-22. p 7.
- <13> SMO4109 Serial: Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 1851-. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. Vol 54 (1908) 77-85.
- <14> SMO4109 Serial: Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 1851-. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. Vol 77 (1931).
- <15> SMO1322 Photograph: Unknown. 1965. ILLUSTRATION OF NETTLECOMBE COURT. OS65/F64/2. B/W.
- <16> SEM7979 Report: Nicholas Pearson Associates. 1992. Nettlecombe Park and Pleasure Grounds: Historic survey and restoration plan. 5.
- <17> SEM7982 Report: Nicholas Pearson Associates. 2003. Nettlecombe Park and Pleasure Grounds: Historic survey and restoration plan.
- <18> SEM341214 Photograph: Messers. Cox Sons & Co.. 1900-1925. Nettlecombe Court and St Mary's Church, taken from the south-east. Unknown. Unknown. Postcard.
- <19> SEM341213 Collection: Corbett, S. et al. 1908-1970. Volume: Nettlecombe Court, Nettlecombe.
- <20> SEM341212 Photograph: Hesketh-Roberts, M.. 1999. Job: Nettlecombe Court. Unknown. Colour. Negative.
- <21> SEM8060 Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
- <22> SEM8358 Monograph: Penoyre, J. and Penoyre, J.. 1994. Decorative plasterwork in the houses of Somerset 1500 - 1700: A regional survey. Somerset County Council. 17,19,21,37,77; figs 18,22,43,72,77,83,96.
- <23> SEM8342 Report: Unknown. 2016. Nettlecombe Parkland Plan. Nicholas Pearson Partnership LLP.
- <24> SEM7987 Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 188307, Updated 25 May 2022.
|Grid reference||Centred ST 0564 3775 (58m by 48m)|
|Civil Parish||NETTLECOMBE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
Related Monuments/Buildings (6)
- Parent of: Nettlecombe Cottage (Building) (MSO10500)
- Parent of: Nettlecombe Lodge, Nettlecombe (Building) (MSO10502)
- Parent of: Nettlecombe Park (Monument) (MSO7709)
- Parent of: North Park; medieval deer park northeast of Nettlecombe Court (Monument) (MSO7698)
- Parent of: Post-medieval stables at Nettlecombe Court (Building) (MSO10499)
- Related to: St Mary's Church, Nettlecombe (Building) (MSO11460)
Related Events/Activities (5)
- Event - Survey: 1992: SV - park restoration proposals (EEM14127)
- Event - Survey: 2003: SV; Man - park restoration proposals (EEM14128)
- Event - Survey: 2012-3: SV - Listed Buildings Condition Survey (EEM14564)
- Event - Survey: 2015-6: WS; Man - Nettlecombe Park (EEM14614)
- Event - Intervention: Field observation on ST 03 NE 1 (EMO10040)
Related Articles (1)
External Links (1)
- http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=188307 (Original Monarch entry: 188307)
- 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 375/5/33
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7693
- National Monuments Record reference: ST 03 NE1
- National Park: Exmoor National Park
- NBR Index Number: 41866
- NBR Index Number: 99/01498
- NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 188307
- Somerset SMR PRN: 30731
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May 26 2022 11:16AM
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