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HER Number:MDV64756
Name:Gardens at Lewtrenchard Manor

Summary

Jekyll advised on the grounds of 'Lew Manor' in 1928. A square garden pavillion survives and a lake was created from a quarry. The doevecote, statue, terrace wall, gatepiers, garden wall, well and pond are all listed.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 458 860
Map Sheet:SX48NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishLewtrenchard
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLEWTRENCHARD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX48NE/1/2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GARDEN (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Informal gardens shown to the west of the house, a courtyard with a fountain to the south and a woodland walk to the east, with a fountain at the west end. To the south of the courtyard is parkland with a water channnel leading to a waterfall on the northern edge of a lake, which has a boat house on the southern side. To the west of the parkland are two walled gardens, the northern one contains glasshouses. Map object based on this source.


Gray, T., 1995, The Garden History of Devon: An Illustrated Guide to Sources, 139 (Monograph). SDV671.

Jekyll advised on the grounds of 'Lew Manor' in 1928. A square garden pavillion survives and a lake was created from a quarry. The dovecote, statue, terrace wall, gatepiers, garden wall, well and garden pond are all listed.


Devon Gardens Trust, 1999, Devon Local Register, 90 (Un-published). SDV170167.


2006, Devon Gardens Trust Newsletter (Leaflet). SDV360444.


Devon Gardens Trust, 2006, Lewtrenchard Manor (Un-published). SDV356214.

The remains of a formal beech avenue from the entrance gates can still be seen, which continues eastward for some 400-500 yards. The approach to the house is through an informal/natural garden with a small stream and a rustic bridge. At the back of the house is a picturesque little courtyard garden with a miniature granite cloister, and nearby is a French-looking dovecote. Near the front of the house is a square garden pavilion, two storeys high and called the Tower House and a rather fine fountain, dated 1894, of 'an Alsatian gooseherd' carrying two geese. South of the tarmac drive there is a formal terrace garden with a small building housing the ‘holy well’. The Dovecot, Tower, the first terrace with the pool and well were all designed by Sabine Baring-Gould in the late 19th century. The formal garden is separated from the paddock by a beech hedge and a formal stone retaining wall. In 1928 Gertrude Jekyll designed borders to go either side of the steps to the paddock below the wall, and these are now being replanted to her original planting plans (2006). To the south of the paddock, and at the bottom of a precipitous slope, is a lake created from a quarry. There are two walled kitchen gardens. One greenhouse has been restored together with the original heating system; the other is derelict but the heating system still exists. The slate-edged beds have been recovered in the kitchen gardens and both are in productive use(2006).


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


Keep, C., 2013, Jekyll Borders for Devon?, 4 (Article in Serial). SDV356213.

The Lewtrenchard Manor commission in 1928 was for two borders, either side of stone steps, backed by a terrace wall, and each 138 feet long.


Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Map object based on this source.

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. 90.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV356213Article in Serial: Keep, C.. 2013. Jekyll Borders for Devon?. The Devon Gardens Trust Journal. 3. A4 Paperback + Digital. 4.
SDV356214Un-published: Devon Gardens Trust. 2006. Lewtrenchard Manor. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.
SDV360444Leaflet: 2006. Devon Gardens Trust Newsletter. Digital.
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. 139.

Associated Monuments

MDV1605Parent of: Dovecote at Lew House, Lewtrenchard (Building)
MDV1605Related to: Dovecote at Lew House, Lewtrenchard (Building)
MDV99450Parent of: Fountain with Statue, Lewtrenchard Manor Gardens (Building)
MDV98483Parent of: St Petrock's Well and pond 35 metres south-west of Lewtrenchard Hotel (Building)
MDV98489Parent of: TERRACE WALL ABOUT 40 METRES SOUTH OF THE MANOR HOTEL (Building)
MDV1605Parent of: Dovecote at Lew House, Lewtrenchard (Building)
MDV1605Related to: Dovecote at Lew House, Lewtrenchard (Building)
MDV1604Related to: The Manor Hotel (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Oct 5 2017 3:50PM