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HER Number:MDV106001
Name:Cock Rock Gardens

Summary

A series of linked walled gardens surround the house, which was designed by Oliver Hill in 1953. Each has a distinct design and function, and appear to be largely unchanged.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 435 387
Map Sheet:SS43NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGeorgeham
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGEORGEHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GARDEN (XX to XXI - 1925 AD to 2008 AD (Between))

Full description

Bluesky, 2006 - 2007, Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV341189.

Map object based on this source.


Devon Gardens Trust, 2008, Cock Rock (Un-published). SDV356194.

A first house and garden on this site were designed by Oliver Hill and built c. 1925.. The house burnt down in 1943, leaving a few remnants around a tall stone chimney and a separate thatched pump house. These still stand between the parking area and the sand dunes, where a Sun Bathing Garden is buried. A new house was built in 1953, also designed by Oliver Hill and slightly south-west of the first one. ’ A series of linked walled gardens surround the house. Each has a distinct design and function, and appear to be largely unchanged: Pergola Garden between first and second house sites; sunken Wind’s Garden (south) and Secret Garden with thatched summer-house (north) between the new house and Gardener’s Cottage and separated by the Glass Walk; Orchard and hedged Vegetable garden; ‘Rose garden’ behind zigzag wall on south edge of parking area. The drive is lined with shrubs and runs beside the eastern boundary but with a small walled ‘stock’ garden in the south-east corner of the site. A new Courtyard garden has been added, adjacent to glass doors on the sheltered south side of the house.


Devon Gardens Trust, 2013, Devon Gazetteer of Parks and Gardens of Local Interest (Reg/Local list of Historic Parks and Gdns). SDV354335.


Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV341189Aerial Photograph: Bluesky. 2006 - 2007. Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007. Bluesky. Photograph (Digital).
SDV354335Reg/Local list of Historic Parks and Gdns: Devon Gardens Trust. 2013. Devon Gazetteer of Parks and Gardens of Local Interest. Historic Parks and Gardens - Register and Local List. Digital.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV356194Un-published: Devon Gardens Trust. 2008. Cock Rock. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Aug 5 2016 12:45PM