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HER Number:MDV112080
Name:Reeve Castle Gardens


Victorian garden, including listed glasshouse, engine house, terrace, ponds, bridges and garden paths. From the front of the house the ground drops away rapidly to a former quarry, now the Japanese garden.


Grid Reference:SS 710 029
Map Sheet:SS70SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishZeal Monachorum
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishZEAL MONACHORUM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GARDEN (XIX to XX - 1801 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon Gardens Trust, 1999, Devon Local Register, 118 (Un-published). SDV170167.

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

Clark, J., 2013, Reeve Castle (Un-published). SDV358145.

A large Victorian Venetian Gothic house but with also hints of Arabic inspiration. A romantic late Victorian fantasy. The walls are cream coloured Barnstaple machine-brick with decorative bands of red brick. Built by and for Richard Carter-Pedler in 1900. A most unusual house and garden as signified by the fact that even the garden paths and ponds are listed.

Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Historic England, 2015, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV358087.

Reeve Castle including adjoining - glasshouse, engine house, terrace, ponds, bridges and garden paths From the front (south) the ground drops away rapidly to a former quarry, now the Japanese garden and includes 2 terraces. The upper terrace in front of the verandah projects forward with a round end. It is grassed with slightly battered retaining walls with brick coping and plain iron railings. The lower terrace includes concrete-lined ponds and service walkways to the cellars. To left (west) of the upper terrace an iron bridge over one of the walkways leads over to a hothouse with a round vaulted iron frame but now missing its glass. Under the lower terrace is the boiler house. Outside (south) the ground drops very sharply and a bridge from the engine house connects with the top of a tall iron-framed tower. This contains a weight and pulley connected to the boiler engine. When the weight was dropped the engine was started. From the front a series of winding concrete and brick paths with simple iron rails and including several simple timber and iron footbridges wind down the steep slopes of the former quarry which has been landscaped as a Japanese garden including a large concrete-lined lake with islands. The paths also wind off through water gardens, rookeries, other series of ponds, tennis court, croquet green, bear pit etc. The series of lakes, ponds and waterfall are fed by an elaborate system of overflow pipes and fed by a nearby spring and water tower (q.v.).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV170167Un-published: Devon Gardens Trust. 1999. Devon Local Register. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. A4 Stapled + Digital. 118.
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.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #71527 ]
SDV358087National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV358145Un-published: Clark, J.. 2013. Reeve Castle. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV118688Parent of: Pylon at Reeve Castle, Zeal Monachorum (Monument)
MDV40863Parent of: Water Tower in Reeve Castle Gardens (Building)
MDV40862Related to: Reeve Castle, Zeal Monachorum (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 15 2017 12:49PM