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HER Number:MDV108273
Name:Mount Boone Landscaped Park and Gardens


Late 18th century designed landscape to the north of Mount Boone House, including a walled garden, lodges, a bathing house in the guise of a fort, a grotto and hermitage.


Grid Reference:SX 871 519
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartmouth
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishTOWNSTAL

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Historic parkland and Listed Building (Grade II) Hermitage Castle associated with Mount Boone House and earthworks of Sandquay Mill leat

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LANDSCAPE PARK (XVIII to XIX - 1701 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Maps and Apportionments (Website). SDV349463.

The tithe apportionment lists a number of plantations as well as a lawn, orchard, garden, walled garden, lodges, 'Hermitage Green', 'Castle Pond', and 'Castle Cottage & Fortress', however the grotto is not mentioned.

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

'Mount Boone' shown. Also various features of the estate, such as the lodges and the 'fort' (marked 'Castle'). Extent of the designed landscape is not fully understood.

Brown, J., 2013, Mr Seale's Woods: The Eighteenth Century Landscape of Mount Boone, Dartmouth, 13-17 (Article in Serial). SDV357310.

During the course of research on the historic landscape of the Britannia Royal Naval College it became apparent that the remnants of the late 18th century pleasure garden survived beneath the contemporary landscape designed by Henry Milner. John Seale inherited the estate in 1777 and shortly afterwards began the creation of a new landscape on a grand scale. In accordance with the fashions of the time, Seale populated his gardens with small buildings and structures in the Picturesque manner. There were two principal pathways running through the woods, a lower route running just above the shoreline of Old Mill Creek, and another one through the upper part of the wood. These drives created a circular route, which was carefully composed to present a series of vistas, and with various small buildings constructed to provide places of rest, viewpoints and eyecatchers. See article for full details.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital. [Mapped feature: #67654 ]
SDV349463Website: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Maps and Apportionments. http://devon.gov.uk. Website.
SDV357310Article in Serial: Brown, J.. 2013. Mr Seale's Woods: The Eighteenth Century Landscape of Mount Boone, Dartmouth. The Devon Gardens Trust Journal. 3. A4 Paperback + Digital. 13-17.

Associated Monuments

MDV65823Parent of: Grotto north of Brittannia Royal Naval College (Monument)
MDV49960Parent of: Hermitage Castle, Old Mill Creek (Building)
MDV74864Parent of: Higher Lodge, Mount Boone Estate (Monument)
MDV65821Parent of: Lower Lodge, Formerly Sandquay Lodge (Monument)
MDV65825Parent of: Middle Lodge, Mount Boone Estate (Monument)
MDV75022Parent of: Mount Boone House Boundary Wall (Building)
MDV53954Related to: Mount Boone House (Monument)
MDV105918Related to: Park and Gardens at Britannia Naval College (Park/Garden)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 13 2018 11:24AM