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HER Number:MDV112395
Name:University of Exeter Landscaped Grounds


Grounds of the university include the gardens of the former Streatham Hall, laid out in the 1860s. The landscaping and tree planting was carried out by Robert Veitch.


Grid Reference:SX 918 940
Map Sheet:SX99SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishExeter
Ecclesiastical ParishST.DAVIDS

Protected Status: none recorded

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, 142 (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, University of Exeter (Un-published). SDV358457.

The 400 acre grounds of the University of Exeter are the most attractive of all the English universities. The main campus is a registered botanic garden. The Streatham estate, acquired in 1922, is the nucleus of the University’s spectacular site. The lodge on the corner of New North Road marks the entrance to the Streatham Estate, laid out in the 1860’s by Richard Thornton West, an East India merchant who, it is believed, spent £80,000 on Streatham Hall (now Reed Hall) and £70,000 on laying out and improving the estate. The landscaping and tree planting was carried out by Robert Veitch, whose plant collectors (including Wilson and the Lobb brothers) went to many parts of the world. At the time of planting on the estate many of the trees must have been unique in Europe. The Victorian planting has been admirably preserved, and, as the University expanded, a wide range of rare, interesting and beautiful plants have been used throughout the estate exploiting the micro-climates created by the buildings and the natural features of the site. The grounds are further enhanced by modern sculpture. See document for full details.

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

University of Exeter, 2015, University of Exeter (Website). SDV358458.

Information on the grounds and gardens of the University of Exeter can be found at https://www.exeter.ac.uk/visit/campuses/gardens/

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. 142.
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: #71792 ]
SDV358457Un-published: Clark, J.. 2013. University of Exeter. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.
SDV358458Website: University of Exeter. 2015. University of Exeter. www.exeter.ac.uk. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV64765Parent of: Streatham Hall Gardens (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 2 2015 3:02PM