Past Remains

A view of yesterday from today

South Lodge, Sidmouth, Devon

South Lodge was the original gatehouse to Balfour Manor and is situated at the entrance to the drive. Built sometime in the late 19th century, possibly around the same time as the Victorian manor house built in 1876, it has been extended over the years but still retains the lovely mellow red-brick style of the late Victorian period.

Oddly enough, this does not appear amongst the Listed Buildings. However, I've found that many Sidmouth buildings aren't listed, including Balfour Manor itself, which is a totally gorgeous late Victorian Revival building in the Jacobean style.

Also a Revival building, although not as flamboyant as some, South Lodge has a quiet charm as it nestles in the corner between the drive from the lane and the main road. Mostly hidden from view behind a large gate, the manor wall and hedging, most of the ground floor architectural details cannot be seen. However, we can still see the asymmetrical, steep pitched roofs with forward facing gables. There's a tantalising glimpse of a porch, an oriel window with a lovely curved support, and delightful Tudor style chimney stacks.

Oh, and those walls. What an absolute delight they are. Tall gateposts in colour-banded brick and stone topped with ball finials, the wall top pitched like a roof with brackets and ridge tiles, squares of brick interspersed with squares full of popples (the Devon name for pebbles) and built in the softest, weathered red brick.

The gate must be a later addition, or replacement for an original one, as it's just a rather sad concoction of metal and wire netting.

And finally, a view of the lodge from across the lane, an original lamppost which was moved and erected here, and a lovely variegated acer tree at the bottom of the drive to Knowle. 

These few photos, plus one more, can also be seen in the Photo Gallery album.

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