By Jocelyn Hemming
''A Devon House'' relates the tale of 1 of Devon's nice homes in the course of the humans and occasions that experience colored its lifestyles over the last four hundred years. The publication lines the architectural development of Poltimore from Tudor manor to grand twentieth century mansion, files its old position in England's tempestuous Civil battle and info its use after 1920 as first a faculty after which a clinic. it is going to attract all those that knew the home and property in a private skill long ago, those that have visited it because the formation of Poltimore condo belief in 2000 and the chums of Poltimore condominium in 2003, and people drawn to the conservation and regeneration of ancient constructions.
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A granite obelisk that has lain for over a century in separate blocks in the grounds may have been intended either for the end of this central path, or for the top of the western lime avenue. Two huge stone chairs, sited one on each side, and known in later days as ‘Lord and Lady Poltimore’ also once graced the top of the avenue, but unfortunately disappeared in the 1970s. This part of the original arboretum is now under separate ownership. The granite of the obelisk, a pinkish/grey speckled stone with pieces of feldspar or crystalline mineral in it, probably came from the Blackingstone quarries near Moretonhampstead on the east side of Dartmoor.
The clock face was a dummy, and the turret empty, because the bell in the tower of the house was considered a good enough alarm and time keeper. Unfortunately this attractive architectural feature was demolished in the 1970s. To the left of the entrance is another ﬁne oak, planted to commemorate the birth in 1859 of Coplestone Richard George Warwick Bampfylde, later 3rd Baron. The tree’s RIGHT The Chinese Garden in 1912 39 girth is circled by a coronet of iron with gilded points that, one hundred and ﬁfty years on, is inextricable from the trunk; you could say it has entered the heart, if not the soul, of the tree.
The design of the Library on the west side of the south front was more restrained, the columns plain with Corinthian capitals and the ﬁre surround of white marble. In the late 19th century the walls were papered with a pattern of exotic green pheasants in foliage. When the paper was removed during the hospital era the names of the paperhangers were discovered underneath with a date in the 1880s. A paper of similar style featuring green parrots was used in one of the principal bedrooms on the ﬂoor above.
A Devon House: The Story Of Poltimore by Jocelyn Hemming