© Mrs Sheila Haycox
ROCK HOUSE AND ADJACENT RANGE OF OUTBUILDINGS TO REAR, ROCK BRIDGE
HALBERTON, MID DEVON, DEVON
Mrs Sheila Haycox
19 August 2001
05 April 1966
Date of last amendment:
05 April 1966
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HALBERTON ROCK BRIDGE
ST 01 SW
- Rock House and adjacent range of
5.4.66 outbuildings to rear
Substantial country house. Apparently built and designed in circa 1814 by the
engineer of the Grand Western Canal, John Rennie. Coursed rubble limestone and
sandstone, with ashlar quoins, under hipped slate and pantiled roofs. Central
staircase double depth plan with a rear service wing that connects with an extensive
range of outbuildings. Axial stacks. 2½-storeys, the central bay of 3 storeys.
Front: symmetrical, 2:1:2 bays; tall, narrow projecting central entrance bay,
ashlar quoining, the cornice carried up and around the top and surmounted by a
recessed parapet - a decidedly quirky mannerism; semi-circular second floor window
with hornelss sash, 9-panes above, 6 below; 12-pane hornless sash window to first
floor; the moulded stringcourse forms the cornice of the porch entablature with a
frieze of triglyphs, 4 large Doric columns, the doorway with panelled reveals, the
door, also panelled, with rectangular barred fanlight. Bays to either side with 16-
pane hornless sash windows to first and second floors, with 6-pane attic windows;
flanking bays slightly recessed with 12-pane sash windows to first and second floor;
all first and second floor windows under pronounced stone window arches. Stone
coursing in alternative bands of sandstone and limestone.
Left-hand side elevation, 3-window range, 16-pane hornless sash windows with a
central door under a C19 glazed porch. To the left of this front is a carriage
entry under round headed arch with keystone, large pediment, and pilaster quoins.
The long range of outbuildings, all 2-storeyed, that extends from this point but at
a different alignment, presents a forbidding exterior to the road, a tall wall,
completely without any openings; inner elevation of this range with 2 carriage
entrances, string course and 3 openings above, all with heavy stone jambs and
lintels; stable block set at right angles to this range, with carriageway arch,
keystone and block capitals, the gable wall with a round-headed openings; heavy
coping and quoins. Rainwater from roofs of the house and outbuildings collects in a
stone gutter which is carried along the entire range, forming the base of the stable
gable wall and issues into a large storage tank at the bottom end of the building.
Interior: plain carpentry details; labyrinthine cellars cut into bedrock.