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HER Number:MDV32108
Name:Stables at Endsleigh House, Milton Abbot


U-shaped stable block designed by Sir Jeffrey Wyatville circa 1810. Stone built under hipped slate roofs around a cobbled courtyard with a large central coach entrance on the south side with a clock tower. In the opposite wall is a fountain set in an alcove with a trough infront and an inscription above.


Grid Reference:SX 391 786
Map Sheet:SX37NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishMilton Abbot
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMILTON ABBOT

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX37NE/514/9
  • Old Listed Building Ref (I)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STABLE (Dated, XIX - 1810 AD to 1810 AD)

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230733.

Doe/hhr:milton abbot/(7/11/1985)126.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230734.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230735.

Cherry, b. + pevsner, n. /buildings of england:devon/(1989)354.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230736.

Des=dyer, m. J. + manning, p. T. /objective 5b: lower tamar valley recreation + land management initiative: cultural heritage appraisal/(1998)24/ea report 98.60.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230737.

Hhr:register of parks and gardens of special historic interest in england(devon)/(august 2003).

Dyer, M. + Manning, P., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV27135.

Low buildings set around courtyard containing a well with foundation stone of 1810 laid by the duke's 4 sons (dyer + manning).

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV330396.

Stables to the north of endsleigh house. Designed in c.1810. Stone rubble brough to course with hipped slate roofs. Approx u-shaped plan. One storey and attics. Full dormers with hipped roofs. A clock turret. A two bay gabled projection. Massive central coach entrance. For full details see doe list (doe).

Marlow, P. O., 2013, Cobbles in Devon, 55, Fig. 12a (Article in Serial). SDV358513.

Cobbled stable courtyard.

Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

Stables depicted.

Historic England, 2019, National Heritage List for England, 1165172 (National Heritage List for England). SDV362730.

Stables to the north of Endsleigh House.
Designed in circa 1810 by Sir Jeffrey Wyatville for the 6th Duke of Bedford. Stone rubble brought to course with hipped slate roofs. Approximately U-plan,built against the slope of the land to the north and consisting of three ranges round a pitched stone courtyard. The south range faces Endsleigh House(qv)across a forecourt.One storey and attics. Deep eaves,casement windows with timber mullions and transoms in chamfered stone openings,the doorway and window to the grooms'accommodation have segmental arches with keystone.Full dormers with hipped roofs. The south side of the south range is symmetrical with a plinth and a massive central coach entrance under a separate hipped roof carried on chamfered stone cheeks with a chamfered lintel with mason's mitres. Timber spandrels with Gothic cusping form a triangular arch on the north and south sides of the coach entrance. A clock turret on the ridge has louvred sides,four diagonally-set clock faces and a hipped slate roof crowned by a weathervane. The south side of the range has six large entrances. The west range has one entrance with windows on either side. The east range,partly used for accommodation has diagonally set chimney shafts and two entrances. On the east side it is built into the slope of the land at the north allowing direct access to the first floor. A two-bay gabled projection at the south end has a half-hipped roof. On the north side of the courtyard,opposite the coach entrance is a fountain set in a round-headed alcove in a tall battered stone surround terminating in a cornice. A stone trough is set in front of the alcove,and above the alcove is an inscription panel: "Endsleigh Cottage was built and a residence created in this sequestered valley by John Duke of Bedford the spot having been previously chosen from the natural and picturesque beauties which surround it by Georgiana,Duchess of Bedford. The first stone of the building was laid by her four eldest sons Wriothesley Edward,Charles, James Fox and ... September 7 1810"(parts illegible). Hussey suggests that the Duchess of Bedford was the driving force behind the creation of Endsleigh House (C. Hussey,Country Life,CXXX, 246;CXXX, 296).
Date first listed: 6th October 1982

Sources / Further Reading

SDV230733Migrated Record:
SDV230734Migrated Record:
SDV230735Migrated Record:
SDV230736Migrated Record:
SDV230737Migrated Record:
SDV27135Migrated Record: Dyer, M. + Manning, P..
SDV330396Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
SDV358513Article in Serial: Marlow, P. O.. 2013. Cobbles in Devon. Devon Buildings Group Newsletter. A4 Stapled + Digital. 55, Fig. 12a.
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #119115 ]
SDV362730National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2019. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1165172.

Associated Monuments

MDV16855Related to: Endsleigh House, Milton Abbot (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 31 2019 2:58PM