Plantation house - House - Grade 1

A two storey house with a large central block of seven bays under a slate roof. The central block is surrounded on the east, west and south by further blocks, including polite wings to the sides and service areas to the south. The building is constructed from well-dressed ashlar masonry, though much is now rendered. Most of the joinery is timber, including sliding sash windows and glazed external doors. The windows have timber shutters and the front door is surrounded by a neoclassical porch. Internally the house retains decorative plasterwork, panelling, staircases, pressed tin plated ceilings, flooring and much of its associated furniture.

Interpretation: The 18th century house is still embedded within the alterations and its plan is easily discernible. There are areas of internal flooring and external features, including some joinery, that remain from the earliest phases. The infilling of the courtyard to form the Library, in 1816, by Hudson Lowe included numerous other ancillary works. Much of the internal joinery is early 20th century. The later 20th century work, including the render and replacement of the porch are well documented. The 1791-2 date attributed to the building may be a significant enlargement or alteration, as there are signs of earlier work.

Historical context: EIC structure of 1791-2, though possibly earlier elements. Substantial changes in 1816 and again in the 20th century.

Significance comments: One of the key EIC buildings on the island. Substantial historic fabric, including joinery. Huge potential for above and below ground archaeology.

Basic Information

Parcel: SCOT0136

Latest inspection date: 7/13/2011

Inspected by: BMJ

Interior inspected: No

Inspected for: HER Creation

Type: House

Sub type: None Sub type 2: None

Main period: East India Company

Period 2: Crown Colony Period 3: None

Period 4: None Period 5: None




Trend: Stable

Days work to stabilse: 0

Condition comment:

Occupied: Yes

Feasible to occupy: Yes

Accessibility: Easily Accessible

Reuse Possibilities

None: No Tourist attraction: Yes Tourist accommodation: Yes Dwelling: Yes Public amenity: No Commercial: No Administrative: No Agricultural: No

Associated finds: None

Sources: None

Additional information: None

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