Plympton St Mary
an elegant Tolcher residence
The following is a description of the House and Gardens from the 1948 Auctioneers particulars
HAREWOOD HOUSE, PLYMPTON
The Mansion is most substantially erected of stone and stuccoed and slated, with roof balstrading, and is approached by a sweeping carriage drive and
ON THE GROUND FLOOR
Inspiring PORTICO ENTRANCE
leading to VESTIBULE about 16 ft by 8ft. with tiled floor with door to large store room or Pantry fitted with extensive cupboards and lavatory basin h. & c.,
MAIN ENTRANCE HALL
having a fine Pine floor, and with open Fireplace and is about 14 ft. 9 in by 43 ft. with imposing Staircase.
communicating by folding doors with Corinthian pillars to archway in gilt and white. The East Room is about 20 ft. 8 in. by 18 ft. and the West Room about 23 ft.
3 in by 18 ft. 3 in. exclusive of bay 6 ft. by 14 ft, Two fire-places, each in brass and tile with marble mantlepieces in white.
about 17 ft. 6 in. by 21 ft. 7 in. exclusive of recesses with mahogany dwarf glazed cupboards and with deep open fireplace.
about 22 ft. by 17 ft. exclusive of 3 recesses each fitted with pitch-pine cupboards and Bookshelves and with, dado in pitch-pine.
SMOKING-ROOM or STUDY
about 16 ft. by16 ft. 9 in. with fireplace in dark mahogany and with fitted shelves and small cupboard.
of three-span construction, and about 15 ft. 6 in. by 35 ft. 6 in. and leads to terrace,
A Passage leads to CLOAKROOM
with W.C. and h. & c. water to lavatory basin, and small cupboard.
The Domestic Quarters
arranged on the Ground Floor consists of:
Butler's Pantry or Second Kitchen
about 11 ft. 9 in by 12ft. 8 in. with h & c. water.
about 11ft. 3 in. by 12 ft.
Passage Way to side ENTRANCE
Large Larder or Dairy
Another Larder or Pantry
about 14 ft. by 17 ft. 6 in. with tiled floor and fitted with "Herald" double range.
cement floor and h. & c. water.
There is outside W.C. and 2 coalhouses.
ON THE FIRST FLOOR
approached by suitable- wide and easy staircase from the main Hall has a large window and coloured glass dome to Landing.
about 23 ft. by 17 ft. 10 in.
About 18ft. by 13 ft
DRESSING-ROOM OR SINGLE BEDROOM
about 14 ft. by 9 ft with Entrance from Bedrooms.
about 22 ft. 4 in. by 18 ft. 6 in. exclusive of bay 6 ft. by 13 ft.
about 18 ft. by 14 ft. 6 in.
about 12- ft. 4 in. by 13 ft. 10 in, communicating to
about 15 ft. 10 in, by 13 ft. 1 in.
BATHROOM NO. 1
fitted with h. & c. and with fitted cupboards and drawers.
BATHROOM NO. 2
(communicating) and very large.
about 11 ft. by 12 ft. 4 in.
HOUSEMAIDS' CLOSET (h. & c.)
about 12ft. 3 in. by 13 ft. 6 in.
approach also by a Secondary Staircase
are 2 Rooms, W.C. and Boxroom, with 3 Rooms on the Second Floor.
The well planned Stabling with an approach from Station Road is conveniently located and compact.
The Detached Building
Well built and lofty with 2 stalls, 2 loose boxes, harness room, and Store Rooms over.
There is an extensive Yard leading to the Coach houses 19 ft. by 29 ft. 6 in with two Double Door Entrances, now used a; GARAGE with Store Room over and a
Woodhouse, etc., in the Yard, together with the THREE COTTAGES known as
Nos. 5, 6 and 7 STATION ROAD
(with Entrances in Station Road), let and producing a net rental of 10s. 0d. per annum, tenants paying rates.
arc a feature of the Estate and comprise the immediate lawns fronting the Residence and ornamental grounds (leading to the old Orangery) and walks with
wonderful Beech and other Trees. Four excellent walled Gardens with prolific fruit trees, Greenhouses, toolhouses and kennels, and (rood vegetable grounds,
known as "HAREWOOD LAWNS'' approximately 5.079 acres, which are let to Mr. W. H. Edwards on a yearly tenancy at an apportioned rental of £30 p.a. These
Meadows have a pleasant gentle slope to the West with a separate Entrance from Station Road and with Shippens, piggeries and other outbuildings.
The property with Entrances in Fore Street and Station Road and its valuable main road frontage can be recommended for future development.
A walled site in Fore Street (opposite to the Entrance to Harewood) will he included. This has a frontage of about 60 ft. and a total area of approximately 1,560
THE WHOLE of the foregoing is coloured pink on the Plan, which is produced for identification purpose only, and approximate 10 ACRES.
will be given on completion of purchase of the Mansion, Gardens, Stabling and Garage. The remainder will be sold subject to the existing tenancies as shewn in
RATING of "Harewood House"
Gross £148. Net £120.
VIEWING- The property may he inspected any afternoon (Sundays excepted) by permits obtainable from the Auctioneers. Special appointments may he made
at other times by arrangement With the Auctioneers.
Front and side views
Harewood House stood in it's own grounds on Ridgeway in Plympton St Mary on the outskirts of
Plymouth. It was a more rural area when the house was first built but increasingly it became drawn into the
suburbs of Plymouth city.
It was described as;
" A substantially constructed medium sized mansion of Georgian period, with
lawns and parklands, gardens, stables etc"
Whites 1850 Devonshire Directory describes the parish of Plympton St Mary;
"PLYMPTON ST MARY
adjoins Plympton-Earl, and is an extensive parish, on the east side of the vale of the river Plym,
from 3 to 5 miles N.E. of Plymouth. It contains 9984A. of land, and 2757 inhabitants. It has no
village of its own name, but includes those of RIDGWAY, UNDERWOOD, and COLEBROOK, and
the hamlets of Hemerdon, Sparkwell, Venton, and part of Lee Mill Bridge. . . The Earl of Morley is
lord of the manor and barony of Plympton, and resides at SALTRAM, a stately mansion, in an
extensive and finely wooded park, on the east side of the river Plym, about 2 miles E.N.E. of
Plymouth. . . A great part of the parish of Plympton St. Mary belongs to Geo. Strode, R.Z. Mudge,
E. Tolcher, H.H. Treby, Geo. Woollcombe, G.W. Saltau, and Wm. Bratton, Esqrs., Mrs. Symons,
and several smaller freeholders, most of whom have pleasant seats here. The Earl of Morley owns
Colebrook, which came to his family with the heiress of the Mayhews. Hemerdon House is the seat
of Geo. Woollcombe, Esq. Newnham, the ancient seat of the Newnhams and Strodes, is now a
farmhouse; but the mansion in Newnham Park, built about the beginning of last century, is the
handsome residence of Geo. Strode, Esq., . . The Church of Plympton St. Mary was anciently the
conventual church of the Priory. It is a spacious and handsome structure, built at the period when a
mixture of the decorated and perpendicular styles prevailed . . . in the incumbency of the Rev. W.J.
Coppard, M.A. There are small Wesleyan Chapels at Ridgway and Lee Mill Bridge. There are large
NATIONAL SCHOOLS at Ridgway and Sparkwell. . ."
The E Tolcher referred to was Lt Edward Tolcher RN, who was the son of Joseph Tolcher formerly
Mayor of Plymouth. Joseph and his brother Henry had been very vigorous in their business and land
dealings in Plymouth and had acquired a lot of wealth in property. Henry had not married and his wealth
also came to his nephew Edward.
Certainly it appears that Edward and his family are the first Tolcher's to inhabit Harewood but I am unclear
whether or not Harwood was built for him or he acquired it.
The property remained in the family until 1948 when it was sold by auction and the auctioneer's description
is set out below;
Modern map of Ridgeway area. The
grounds are now used by the local