A Devon House: The Story Of Poltimore by Jocelyn Hemming

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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 life over the last four hundred years. The e-book lines the architectural development of Poltimore from Tudor manor to grand twentieth century mansion, files its ancient position in England's tempestuous Civil battle and info its use after 1920 as first a college after which a medical institution. it is going to attract all those that knew the home and property in a private means long ago, those that have visited it because the formation of Poltimore apartment belief in 2000 and the chums of Poltimore apartment in 2003, and people drawn to the conservation and regeneration of old constructions.

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Coachman! Yet Foe to Drink, of Heart sincere, In manners gentle and in Judgement clear; Safe thro’ ye chekerd Track of Life he drove. And gained ye Treasure of his master’s love; Upright his carriage; moved with wondrous skill; Nor stopped but when ye Wheels of Life stood still. ’ 48 49 The Pleasures that go with Learning: 1923–1945 The catalogue of the Poltimore estate sale in 1921 states incorrectly that the house dates back to AD 1298, but also observes, more accurately, that it would serve very well (assuming that it were too big to be taken on again as a ‘Family Seat’) as a ‘Residential Hotel, Club, School, Hydro, Hospital or other Public Institution’.

A few years later, by 1835, the parish road which passed close to the house was moved further to the east, thus extending the deer park and removing the everyday traffic of the village from the 1st Baron’s private territory. The arboretum behind the house was begun in about 1840 by James Veitch, son of the Scottish gardener John Veitch, who came to the South West from Scotland at the end of the 18th century and whose family gained a reputation for introducing plants new to Europe from Chile, China, Java and North America.

Completed by 1841, it boasted peach houses, heated glasshouses and a vinery. There were also aviaries at the end of the western lime avenue near the house, where white pheasants and white peacocks and cranes were kept, an exotic spectacle as they picked their way amongst the trees and drank from bowls of turquoise mosaic which were sunk into the ground (and survive today). Lord Poltimore had a great liking for white animals, and as well as the birds, white rabbits and even white deer were part of his menagerie.

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