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HER Number:MDV18562
Name:Widworthy Court, Widworthy


Widworthy Court was built in 1830 by George Repton to replace an earlier manor house.


Grid Reference:SY 206 996
Map Sheet:SY29NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWidworthy
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDWORTHY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Buildings Record: 83577
  • National Monuments Record: SY29NW18
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29NW/82
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 88817
  • Pastscape: 1312190

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MANSION HOUSE (Built, XIX - 1830 AD to 1830 AD)

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1906, 71NW* (Cartographic). SDV335891.

Department of Environment, 1950, Honiton RD, 47 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV118185.

Ashlar with shallow front wings and Doric porch. Interior has stone fireplaces, plaster ceilings and staircase has iron banisters. Now divided into 13 flats.

Hoskins, W. G., 1954, A New Survey of England: Devon, 516 (Monograph). SDV17562.

Widworthy Court. Built with a small park by Sir E M Elton c1840.

Foulkes, R. F., 1971-1973, The Marwoods of Honiton and Colyton, 110 (Article in Serial). SDV118186.

Built by Edward Elton in place of Widworthy Manor.

Grinsell, L. V., 1982, Letter (Correspondence). SDV100746.

Repton's plans and drawings of Widworthy Court and its landscape design are in RIBA library.

Timms, S. C., 1982, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV120247.

This house has been split up into holiday flats. There are possible landscape features associated with it in Widworthy Park and to the south-east of it.

Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N., 1989, The Buildings of England: Devon, 910-1 (Monograph). SDV325629.

Built in 1830 to replace the old manor house. Architect was George Repton. Square stone block with Tuscan porch. Giant Ionic portico projected but never built.

Haydon, E. S., 1992, Untitled Source (Correspondence). SDV323978.

Gray, T., 1995, The Garden History of Devon: An Illustrated Guide to Sources, 238 (Monograph). SDV671.

Morgan, D., 1995, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV118194.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 756 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Widworthy Court built with small park in c. 1840 to replace old manor house. Listed Grade II. Between 1839 (Tithe Map) and 1887-8 (Ordnance Survey map) changes include realignment to east of original access road (included access to medieval parish church), building of lodge (site 862) and adjacent walled nursery.

Clark, J. + Richardson, D., 2013, Widworthy Court (Un-published). SDV358367.

Widworthy Court was built in 1830 by G.S.Repton for Sir Edward Marwood Elton in place of the old manor house. The court was “an elegant mansion” in White’s time and stands in parkland screened by plantations with rides/walks. George Repton's original plans, including the landscaping of the grounds, are in the RIBA library. Apparently the scheme was unfinished; a giant Ionic portico was originally intended but never built.

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

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

Hotel, former country house. Dated 1830, built for Sir Edward Marwood Elton, baronet; the architect was George Repton. Plastered limestone ashlar; brick stacks with ashlar chimneyshafts, most with original chimneypots; slate roof. Plan: U-plan house. The main block faces onto the garden terrace (q.v) to the south-east. It has a double depth plan with 3 front rooms and behind a large entrance hall and stair hall. Thus the main entrance is on the left (south-west) end. The left rear wing projects at right angles and returns the same height as the main block 1-room then continues as a service wing at a lower level. The right (north-east) rear wing contains the principal parlour and at the end set forward from the parlour wing is what looks like a former billiard room (now converted to bedrooms). Most of the rooms are heated by a series of axial stacks. There is some secondary infill of the courtyard. 2 storeys with attics to the main part and cellars under the parlour wing. Exterior: the garden front has a 1:3:1 - window front. The centre bay is slightly recessed. The first floor windows are 12-pane sashes with moulded architraves. The ground floor centre-bay windows are in a canted bay with front doorway. The windows each side are tripartite 6-pane sashes with Doric pilasters between, entablature above and balustrade below. There is a plain platband at first floor level. There is a dentil eaves cornice and parapet. The attic storey at the left end which carries round over the entrance front is probably secondary. All the roofs are hipped. The north-east parlour front has a 5-window front of 12-pane sashes in the same style as the front, and the former billiard room block has a similar 3-window front and a open parapet of turned balusters. The entrance front has a 3-window front of 12-pane sashes and there are panels below the ground windows. The large central doorway contains part-glazed double doors with side lights and overlight behind a Doric porch with 4 columns and balustrade. The service block, set back a little to left contains plain 12-pane sashes including a full height canted bay. The date plaque is on the wall alongside the bay window. Interior: the entrance hall and stairhall is large and impressive. There is a segmental arch between the two, its soffit enriched by ornamental plasterwork. There is a monumental chimneypiece to the stairhall fireplace featuring the Marwood arms flanked by garlands, a fret pattern frieze above, and above that a large eared picture frame. Large open well stair; open string, cast iron bulbous balusters, mahogony handrail and curtail step. The tripartite sash window lighting the stairs has Doric columns between and a balustrade below. The ceiling has a cornice of acanthus leaf-shaped modillions with rosettes between and it is panelled with the ribs enriched with guilloche. Although there is still some original joinery and other detail much has been removed. Repton's original plans including the landscaping of the grounds are in the RIBA library. Apparently the scheme was unfinished; a giant Ionic portico was originally intended but never built.

Historic England, 2015-2016, NRHE to HER prototype, 477015 (Website). SDV359652.

Summary description
Country house built in 1830 for Sir Edward Marwood Elton , designed by George Repton. The building has been divided into flats which provide self-catering holiday accomodation. Built of plastered limestone ashlar with a slate roof. The building is U-shaped in plan, the main block faces onto the garden terrace. It has a double depth plan with three front rooms behind a large entrance hall and a stair hall. The house is of two storeys with attics to the main parts and cellars under the parlour wing.
Full description
None recorded.
1 List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest 119 District of East Devon, 08/03/1988
Monument types, periods and evidence
Holiday centre: Change of use by 1985, 20th century. Extant building
Apartment: Change of use by 1985, 20th century. Extant building
Country House: Built 1830, post medieval. Extant building
Related monuments
Parent of NRHE Id No. 1312200, 1312216
Related events: None recorded.
Related archives/objects
BF083577 Widworthy Court, Widworthy
Architect: George Stanley Repton
Owner: Edward Marwood Elton
Record created: 19/04/00

Sources / Further Reading

SDV100746Correspondence: Grinsell, L. V.. 1982. Letter.
SDV118185List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1950. Honiton RD. Historic Houses Register. Unknown. 47.
SDV118186Article in Serial: Foulkes, R. F.. 1971-1973. The Marwoods of Honiton and Colyton. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 32. 110.
SDV118194Personal Comment: Morgan, D.. 1995.
SDV120247Personal Comment: Timms, S. C.. 1982.
SDV17562Monograph: Hoskins, W. G.. 1954. A New Survey of England: Devon. A New Survey of England: Devon. A5 Hardback. 516.
SDV323978Correspondence: Haydon, E. S.. 1992. Letter to County Archaeologist. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV325629Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1989. The Buildings of England: Devon. The Buildings of England: Devon. Hardback Volume. 910-1.
SDV335891Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1906. 71NW*. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV351568Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003-2004. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. Site No. 756.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #82274 ]
SDV358087National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV358367Un-published: Clark, J. + Richardson, D.. 2013. Widworthy Court. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.
SDV359652Website: Historic England. 2015-2016. NRHE to HER prototype. https://nrhe-to-her.esdm.co.uk/home. Website. 477015.
SDV671Monograph: Gray, T.. 1995. The Garden History of Devon: An Illustrated Guide to Sources. The Garden History of Devon: An Illustrated Guide to Sources. Paperback Volume. 238.

Associated Monuments

MDV11191Related to: Bowl barrow 310m south of Widworthy Barton, Widworthy (Monument)
MDV54288Related to: Lower Lodge, Widworthy (Building)
MDV15339Related to: Motte and Bailey at Castle Hill, Widworthy Park (Monument)
MDV15991Related to: Relict Field System at North Park, Widworthy Court (Monument)
MDV82187Related to: Stables, Coach House and Courtyard Walls adjoining north-west of Widworthy Court, Widworthy (Building)
MDV82322Related to: Terrace walls to south-east of Widworthy Court, Widworthy (Monument)
MDV11190Related to: Widworthy Barton (Building)
MDV11198Related to: Widworthy Camp (Monument)
MDV54289Related to: Widworthy Park (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 3 2017 3:05PM