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HER Number:MDV64790
Name:Widdicombe Park and Gardens

Summary

Eighteenth century parkland surrounding Widdicombe House included shrubberies and walks, and a thatched summer house. To the north-west of the house were a walled garden and lodge.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 811 417
Map Sheet:SX84SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishStokenham
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSTOKENHAM

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX84SW/15/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PARK (Unknown date)

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV144843.

Des=gray,t. /the garden history of devon: an illustrated guide to sources/(1995)236-7.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV144844.

Des=pugsley,s. /devon gardens: an historical survey/(1994)12.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV144845.

Des=cherry,b. +pevsner,n. /the buildings of england: devon/(1989)766.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV144846.

Des=stroud,d. /capability brown/(1975)244.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV144847.

Des=os 6" (1905)137nw+ne.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148.

C18 parkland surrounding 'widdicombe house' shown on the os 6" (1905) map with 'kennels' to the west + a lodge to the northwest + 'widdecombe wood' to the east (os).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV3506.

1921 sales particulars noted that the grounds covered 3 acres + included 'walled fruit + vegetable gardens', a nut tree plantation + tennis lawns (gray).


Devon Gardens Trust, 1999, Devon Local Register, 149 (Un-published). SDV170167.


Clark, J. + Richardson, D., 1999, Widdicombe House (Un-published). SDV144842.


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


Clark, J. + Richardson, D., 2013, Widdicombe House (Un-published). SDV357708.

The attribution of Capability Brown to the landscaping of the park would appear to be unfounded. White (1850) noted that it was 'a picturesquely situated mansion'. The sale particulars of 1921 stated that it was 'a fine family residence….beautifully situated in charmingly wooded grounds and commanding glorious views' and '….the grounds are tastefully laid out…pretty shrubberies and walks, thatched summer house . . .' The summer house is no longer there.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV144842Un-published: Clark, J. + Richardson, D.. 1999. Widdicombe House. Devon Register Review. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV144843Migrated Record:
SDV144844Migrated Record:
SDV144845Migrated Record:
SDV144846Migrated Record:
SDV144847Migrated Record:
SDV148Migrated Record:
SDV170167Un-published: Devon Gardens Trust. 1999. Devon Local Register. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. A4 Stapled + Digital. 149.
SDV3506Migrated Record:
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.
SDV357708Un-published: Clark, J. + Richardson, D.. 2013. Widdicombe House. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 21 2015 9:41AM