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HER Number:MDV9223
Name:Entrances to Forde House, Newton Abbot


The original entranceway to Forde House was abandoned in favour of the present entrance which runs along the west side of the grounds. The gate and piers at this latter entrance are early 18th century in date.


Grid Reference:SX 869 707
Map Sheet:SX87SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNewton Abbot
Ecclesiastical ParishWOLBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX87SE/23/2
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 464559

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GATE (XVIII to XIX - 1701 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Comparison between the 1880s-1890s 25 inch and the modern Ordnance Survey maps shows that the site of the original gateway has been lost to road-widening. There is still an entranceway, however, towards the south-east corner of the grounds. This modern entranceway, little more than a trackway, joins the old carriageway alongside the river.

Gibbs, R., 1906 - 1907, Ford House, 34-5 (Article in Serial). SDV348897.

From the porch of the mansion [Forde House] the carriage proceeds south-east- wards past a little bridge and then serpentines through a beech avenue by the side of the ornamental water which then skirts the lawn towards the old carriage gateway, 150 metres from the mansion. This old gate, standing between square stone pillars with rusticated sides and surmounted by spherical ornaments, is of 18th century wrought iron work, the design of which terminated in a pyramid of scrolls. Such cresting has now gone as well as all that existed above the horizontal bar. Another carriage-road on the west outside the enclosure is now exclusively used and the inner road abandoned.

Department of Environment, 1983, Newton Abbot, 34 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV298253.

Gallant, L., 1986, Deer Parks and Paddocks of England (Un-published). SDV656.

Swete, J. (ed. Gray T. + Rowe, M.), 1998, Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Swete. Vol. 2, 31 (Monograph). SDV341167.

Swete describes the main entrance to Forde as through 'large and handsome iron gates'.

Google, 2012, Google Streetview (Website). SDV348799.

The entranceway towards the south-east corner of the grounds has a decorative wrought iron gate.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

English Heritage, 2012, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV348729.

Gate piers and gates approximately 180 metres to the south-west of Forde House. Pair of gate piers and gates to Forde House. Early 18th century. Limestone ashlar piers approx 4 metres high, double wrought-iron gates approx 2.5 metres high. The gate piers have plinths; vermiculated panels to each facet; richly-moulded cornices; square convex-moulded caps supporting large ball finials with square horizontal vermiculated slabs to the centres. The gates have plain square-section vertical rails; horizontal panels to the centres with scrolls; the two vertical panels to the centres of each gate have intricate scrolls, and the upper rails have pendant friezes. Date listed: 22nd March 1983. Amended: 11th December 1996.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV298253List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1983. Newton Abbot. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 34.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV341167Monograph: Swete, J. (ed. Gray T. + Rowe, M.). 1998. Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Swete. Vol. 2. Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Sw. 2. Hardback Volume. 31.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #109481 ]
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV348799Website: Google. 2012. Google Streetview. http://maps.google.co.uk. Website.
SDV348897Article in Serial: Gibbs, R.. 1906 - 1907. Ford House. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 4. Unknown. 34-5.
SDV656Un-published: Gallant, L.. 1986. Deer Parks and Paddocks of England. Deer Parks and Paddocks of England. Manuscript.

Associated Monuments

MDV9221Related to: Ford House, Newton Abbot (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 2 2012 12:43PM