Semington House is a detached late-18th century house of three storeys, now divided into two separate homes, of limestone ashlar with a Welsh slate hipped roof having stone stacks with capped mouldings. The central door has six fielded panels with a fanlight and set in a portico with pairs of Ionic columns with angled volutes. The ground floor is rusticated and corner pilasters rise up to a modillion cornice and the windows are predominantly tripartite 12-pane sashes. Semington House is mentioned in Pevsner, who draws especial attention to this very fine building ‘of about 1800 with tripartite windows and a porch of two pairs of Ionic columns’.
‘W B 1794’, inscribed, along with a heart, at the top of the left-hand pilaster attests that Semington house was built in that year by William Bruges (1746 -1831), the son of Susanna Storredge and Thomas Bruges, a prosperous farmer. William and his wife Elizabeth lived in Highfield House, a late-18th century house standing opposite Semington House. A memorial plaque on the wall of St George’s Church, Semington, pays tribute to William Bruges, who died on 21st October 1831, and his family. Bequests for the benefit of the Chapel of Semington included £100 from William Bruges for the supply of coal for the poor at Christmas.
William and Elizabeth Bruges had three children, Thomas, Elizabeth and Susannah. Thomas and Elizabeth died in infancy and it is understood that Semington House was built as a wedding gift for Susannah who, on 14 May 1795, married Benjamin Pennell Ludlow, a surgeon and apothecary. In 1938 Semington House was occupied by Mr B.C. Hill Esquire and his wife who engaged D. E. J. Knapp, Architect and Surveyor of 5 Wood Street, Bath to make alterations to the property in order to divide the 10 bedroom Manor House and, during the Second World War, the house was used to billet American Troops. The main house is known as Semington House and the remainder as Little Orchards and, in 1988, the whole building was designated grade II listed by English Heritage.
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- Property Size:
- - 3681 square feet
- - 342 square metres
Dining Room: 15'3'' x 13'9'' (4.6m x 4.2m) Living Room: 17'9'' x 14'6'' (5.4m x 4.4m) Kitchen/Breakfast Room: 20'8'' x 14'1'' (6.3m x 4.3m) Family Room: 12'7'' x 10'8'' (3.8m x 3.3m)
Bedroom : 14' x 13'11'' (4.3m x 4.3m) Bedroom: 14'9'' x 14'1'' (4.5m x 4.3m) Bedroom: 13'9'' x 12'10'' (4.2m x 3.9m)
Bedroom: 14'3'' x 14'2'' (4.3m x 4.3m) Bedroom: 16' x 14'2'' (4.9m x 4.3m)
Store: 16'8'' x 14'5'' (5.1m x 4.4m)