MSO7777 - Glenthorne House (Building)
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Type and Period (2)
[SS 7987 4961] Glenthorne [NAT].  Glenthorne was built for Revered W S Halliday in 1829-30 "in a wonderfully sheltered cove far below the Lynton-Porlock road and reached on a private road with serpentines as daring as in the Alps". The house is in a neo-Tudor style.  The setting of the house is topographically striking and its immediate landscape and grounds are complemented by a number of architectural features. These include an ice house (MSO7776); "The Towers" gatehouse (MDE21306), sundial (MDE21305), lodge (MDE21304), gate piers (MDE21303), "Sisters" fountain (MDE21302), game larder and courtyard walling, garden terrace walling (MDE21329), and coach house (MDE21328). [3,4] No further field investigation.  Glenthorne including adjoining game larder and courtyard wall. Built circa 1829-30, with the kitchens enlarged in 1839 and a library added in 1846 (information from datestone). Further alterations and additions were carried out in the mid 19th Century. The building is uncoursed stone with limestone ashlar dressing and gabled-ended slate roofs. The interior is largely complete with early 19 th century fixtures and fittings and has much used 17th Century joinery, including back staircase with turned balusters, moulded handrail and carving, a fireplace with 17th Century ovolo-moulded wooden lintel and a 17th Century fireplace. The Reverend Walter Stevenson Halliday acquired the Glenthorne estate in 1829 and began building the house soon afterwards. In the hills above the house there is an inscribed stone marking the location of the Revd. Halliday's decision to build Glenthorne, known locally as the 'decision stone'. It was not located at time of survey. He was much influenced in the design of the house, and the designs of other estate buildings, by the buildings illustrated in PF Robinson's "Rural Architecture; or a Series of Designs for Ornamental Cottages" published in 1823.  The building was not directly visited in April 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. The house received a BAR score of 6; other associated structures were not viewed or scored.  This structure was visible on the c. 1841 Countisbury Tithe map and the 1842 Oare Tithe map. [8, 9] A history of the Halliday family at Glenthorne was written by Ursula Halliday.  The house is shown on 2018 MasterMap data.  An assessment of specific elements of the building in relation to a submitted planning application, with a general discussion of the property. The house is described as being built in 5 phases, begun in c.1830 for WS Halliday and completed in 1879. Very few changes are thought to have taken place to the property between this time and 1985, when it was purchased by Christopher Ondaatje from the Hallidays and was described as being in a "semi-ruinous state". It was updated at this time, but has not been altered since, and was sold to the present owners in 2019. 
- <1> SEM7222 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1980. 1:10000 Map, 1980. 1:10000.
- <2> SMO4764 Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1999. The Buildings of England: Devon. Penguin Books. 2nd Edition. 292.
- <3> SEM7959 Archive: Devon County Council. Various. Devon SMR / HER records / parish files - Exmoor records.
- <4> SSO1 Unpublished document: Somerset County Council. Various. Somerset HER parish files - Exmoor records. PRN33868.
- <5> SMO7329 Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 21 April 1994.
- <6> SMO5109 Index: Department of the Environment. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest . HHR: Countisbury (24 November 1988) 15.
- <7> SEM8060 Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.
- <8> SEM8072 Map: <1841. Countisbury Tithe Map and Apportionment.
- <9> SSO346 Map: 1842. Oare Tithe Map and Apportionment.
- <10> SEM8600 Monograph: Halliday, U.. 1995. Glenthorne: A most romantic place. Exmoor Books. 1st E Edition.
- <11>XY SEM8545 Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #41238 ]
- <12> SEM340813 Report: Martin, S.. 2021. Glenthorne: Heritage statement and impact assessment. Stuart Martin Architects.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 7986 4961 (48m by 29m)|
|Civil Parish||COUNTISBURY, NORTH DEVON, DEVON|
|Civil Parish||OARE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
Related Monuments/Buildings (14)
- Parent of: 19th Century terrace retaining wall at Glenthorne (Building) (MDE21329)
- Parent of: 19th Century coach house at Glenthorne (Building) (MDE21328)
- Parent of: 19th Century icehouse at Glenthorne (Building) (MSO7775)
- Parent of: 19th Century kitchen garden at Glenthorne (Building) (MEM22703)
- Parent of: 19th Century pinetum at Glenthorne (Monument) (MEM24546)
- Parent of: 19th Century sundial at Glenthorne (Building) (MDE21305)
- Parent of: 19th Century sundial at Glenthorne (Building) (MEM22830)
- Parent of: Combe Park Hotel (Building) (MEM22351)
- Parent of: Gardener's Cottage, Glenthorne (Building) (MDE21334)
- Parent of: Glenthorne Designed Landscape (Monument) (MEM24547)
- Parent of: Home Farm Cottage, Glenthorne (Building) (MDE21333)
- Parent of: The Lodge, Glenthorne (Building) (MDE21304)
- Parent of: Yenworthy Lodge, Oare (Building) (MEM24158)
- Related to: Undated stone near Coscombe (Monument) (MDE21605)
Related Events/Activities (4)
External Links (1)
- www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=916269 (Original Monarch entry: 916269)
- 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 1549/4/18/1
- 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (Not visited): 1549/4/18/2
- 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (Not visited): 1549/4/18/3
- Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS74NE/613
- Devon SMR Monument ID: 41688
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE11260
- Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21330
- National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NE24
- National Park: Exmoor National Park
- NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 916269
- Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33868
Record last edited
Jul 27 2021 9:53AM
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