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HER Number:MDV87551
Name:Baring Crescent Gardens


Communal gardens for the houses of Baring Crescent, laid out in the early 19th century.


Grid Reference:SX 931 924
Map Sheet:SX99SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishExeter
Ecclesiastical ParishHEAVITREE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GARDEN (XIX - 1820 AD to 1850 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Baring Crescent' shown. Map object based on this source.

Devon Gardens Trust, 1999, Devon Local Register, 4 (Un-published). SDV170167.

GetMapping, 2010, GetMapping 2010 aerial photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV351585.

Map object based on this source.

Clark, J. + Keep, C., 2013, Baring Crescent (Un-published). SDV356139.

Baring Crescent is a spaciously set out group of detached stucco houses, built by W. Hooper, described as ‘Superior Cottages ’of c.1820 . Until about 1850 the cottages stood on their own overlooking the City across the fields. The pleasure grounds were laid out at the same time; this communal garden retains the shape shown on a map of 1850 i.e. a curved half oval on the east side and a wavy line joining the ends of the curve on the west side. The central area is mown grass with a metre wide sandy path around the edge. There are mature trees on all sides; shrubs edge the front of the continuous planting on the perimeter, effectively making an informal hedge, with benches inserted on the east side. Behind the hedge at the northern end there is a small play area with swings and paths. New trees here include several good paperbark silver birches. On the west side behind the hedge there is an attractive newly planted area on either side of a snaking path. The active householders’ committee employs a gardener from the Exeter University Estates Team to maintain the lawn and hedges; he is gradually replacing some of the elderly evergreen shrubs with deciduous shrubs with attractive foliage. During the Exeter Blitz of 1942 two houses at the western end were destroyed, as was a significant part of the adjoining St. Luke’s Training College. Small modern houses now occupy the bomb site but are well back from the Crescent building curve and so not too intrusive. In the late 1940s a Metasequoia glyptostroboides was planted by the Vice-Chacellor of the University and is now very tall indeed. It was an early planting of this species and could be the tallest in the UK.

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

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. 4.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV351585Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 2010. GetMapping 2010 aerial photographs. Getmapping. Photograph (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.
SDV356139Un-published: Clark, J. + Keep, C.. 2013. Baring Crescent. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV65626Related to: Baring Crescent (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 5 2015 12:24PM