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HER Number:MDV20799
Name:Halberton, Bridwell


Country house in landscaped park. Dated 1776-80.


Grid Reference:ST 058 125
Map Sheet:ST01SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHalberton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishHALBERTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST01SE/16
  • Old Listed Building Ref (I)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MANSION HOUSE (XVIII to XXI - 1701 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, 1959, Tiverton RD (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV54004.

Bridwell house. Three storeys. Plastered walls. Hipped slate roof. Low parapet, cornice and central pediment which breaks forward with venetian windows at first and second floor. Central porch sash windows.

Hughes, A. P., 1968, Untitled Source (Un-published). SDV56947.

Unknown, 1980, 3372/MB1 (Record Office Collection). SDV56946.

Cornforth, J., 1981, Bridwell, Devon, 710-714 (Article in Serial). SDV56948.

Built in c 1776-80 by Richard Hall Clarke to north-east of Old Bridwell (ST01SE/17). The Clarke family had owned land at Bridwell since early c17 and family papers and a typescript by Hughes are deposited in DRO. The house and its parkland setting are shown on a plan of 1779 (illustrated). The architect of the house and designer of the park are not known. Clarke himself may have been largely responsible. The plain exterior of the house contrasts with interior which contains original late c18 furnishings and decoration showing considerable sophistication. The ground floor rooms with their plaster ceilings, fireplaces and original paintwork and furniture are described in detail. Some alterations were carried out in early c20 otherwise little has changed. The Clarke family fortunes failed in 1826, after which the estate was broken up but the house remained in family hands until it was put on the market in 1980. Other details: Photo.

Unknown, 1981, Untitled Source (Photograph). SDV56949.

Other details: Film 472.

Timms, S. C., 1981, Untitled Source (Worksheet). SDV56950.

Interior seen. House has now been cleared of furnishings and is under offer. Plaster ceilings require some attention.

Department of Environment, 1986, Halberton, 96-97 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV43576.

Upgraded to Grade I in new list. Country house in landscaped park. Dated 1776-80. Hipped slate roofs. Three storeys. Deep rectangular double-depth plan with central entrance hall, stairwell at the rear, with one probably contemporary wing. See new DoE list for full details.

Mills Whipp Projects Ltd., 2014, Westwood, Land Adjoining Junction 27 on M5: Archaeological Desk Based Assessment (Report - Assessment). SDV360955.

Mills Whipp Projects has been commissioned to prepare a desk based assessment of archaeology for the Westwood site on the eastern side of Junction 27 of the M5.

The second manor house, Bridwell House, lies approximately 1km south-east of the application site. It was first documented in 1280 and in the 15th / 16th century was noted as a long house. The surviving buildings include the 18th century house, stables, the park, chapel, farmhouse and garden. Unfortunately the range of barns fronting the road
south-west of Old Bridwell lost much of its historic fabric and significant features and is viewed as “no longer of special interest” although the range of buildings 20 metres west of Old Bridwell is listed as a Grade II Building. The chapel and stables north-east of the park are Grade II* listed Bridwell Park is designated Grade II. It is a late 18th century landscaped park and woodland with grounds around the house of 13 ha. Much of the surrounding land has been returned to agriculture.

Unknown, Pre 1039, Untitled Source (Record Office Collection). SDV56945.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV360955Report - Assessment: Mills Whipp Projects Ltd.. 2014. Westwood, Land Adjoining Junction 27 on M5: Archaeological Desk Based Assessment. Mills Whipp Projects Ltd.. Digital.
SDV43576List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1986. Halberton. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 96-97.
SDV54004List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1959. Tiverton RD. Historic Houses Register. Unknown.
SDV56945Record Office Collection: Unknown. Pre 1039. Clarke Family Papers.
SDV56946Record Office Collection: Unknown. 1980. 3372/MB1. Sale Catalogue.
SDV56947Un-published: Hughes, A. P.. 1968. Short History of Bridwell and the Family of Clarke. Typescript.
SDV56948Article in Serial: Cornforth, J.. 1981. Bridwell, Devon. Country Life. 710-714.
SDV56949Photograph: Unknown. 1981. Conservation Section Photograph Collection.
SDV56950Worksheet: Timms, S. C.. 1981.

Associated Monuments

MDV32458Related to: Halberton, Bridwell Park (Park/Garden)
MDV20800Related to: Halberton, Bridwell Stable Block (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV1527 - Unnamed Event
  • EDV7600 - Desk Based Assessment: Westwood, Land adjoining Junction 27 on M5, Mid Devon

Date Last Edited:Sep 27 2018 9:30AM