After John Billingley's death in 1811 the house stood empty for some years before being bought by the Strachey family who lived there from c1830 until 1937. The estate then had to be sold to pay death duties. Presumably there were no buyers for the house, as it was partially demolished in 1955 with some of the architectural features being salvaged and sold at auction.
Since then nature has reclaimed the site and now trees grow where there were once grand rooms. Sometime after 2000 the last remaining part of the front elevation collapsed into a heap of rubble. The house is still rather optimistically marked on the 1:25,000 scale Ordnance Survey map.
An avenue of yew trees is still growing as you approach along a path from the east. However other trees have now grown up around them. The former stable block and coach house, which lie to the west of the main house, have been converted into houses.
My thanks to Sue for taking the photos below for me.
Further Reading: Ashwick: Coal, Ale and Pasture - edited by Penny Stokes. Published by Mendip District Council, 2002.
Ferns are thriving in the ruins
One of the few remaining walls still standing
The remains of a garden wall?
A jungle reclaims the house