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By Jocelyn Hemming

ISBN-10: 1417594187

ISBN-13: 9781417594184

ISBN-10: 1841509353

ISBN-13: 9781841509358

''A Devon House'' relates the tale of 1 of Devon's nice homes during the humans and occasions that experience colored its life over the last four hundred years. The e-book strains the architectural development of Poltimore from Tudor manor to grand twentieth century mansion, documents its ancient position in England's tempestuous Civil warfare and info its use after 1920 as first a faculty after which a medical institution. it's going to attract all those that knew the home and property in a private skill some time past, those that have visited it because the formation of Poltimore residence belief in 2000 and the buddies of Poltimore condo in 2003, and people attracted to the conservation and regeneration of old structures.

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Berkeley finally gave in and agreed to meet Fairfax, and in April 1646 asked for safe conduct for four of his nominees and six of his officers. The meeting place was to be Poltimore House; the men chosen were Robert Walker, a former Mayor and MP for the city, Thomas Knott, Thomas Kendall and Thomas Ford. General Fairfax, however, wanted six on each side and wrote to Berkeley: ‘I agree the time Friday next, the place Poultimore [sic] House; the Commissioners on my part: Thomas Hammond, Lieutenant Generall of the Ordinance, Col.

Coplestone Bampfylde certainly had money to spend from his inheritances—from his mother’s estate as well as Poltimore and North Molton, and he spent it, living very much as a grand seigneur, travelling about the country with a splendid retinue and distributing gifts. He became a member of an underground Royalist movement, had to go into hiding and at one time was imprisoned in the Tower of London. After the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 Sir Coplestone was able publicly to declare his royalist colours.

Some of the very first seedlings of Sequoiadendron giganteum, commonly known as Wellingtonia, were brought to England from California by the Victorian plant collector William Lobb in about 1853 and planted in the Poltimore pinetum. Five of these huge trees survive today, one more than 137 feet high with a spread of 22 feet, and all of them, as well as the Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), are over 105 feet high. Other especially interesting trees are: the Caucasian Firs (Abies nordmanniana) of which there were five; the Colorado Douglas Firs (Pseudotsuga glauca); the Cork Oak (Quercus suber) said to have been planted by Sir Walter Raleigh (unlikely, as this species was not introduced into England until the end of the 17th century); the Japanese Umbrella Pine (Sciadopitys verticillata), one of the five sacred trees of Japan and extensively planted in temple gardens; the Lucombe Oak (Quercus hispanica Lucombeana), a hybrid between a Turkey Oak and a Cork Oak first raised by the Exeter nurseryman Lucombe in 1765, of which there are a number; the LEFT Japanese cedar and Monkey Puzzle 34 ABOVE The arboretum looking north from the house 35 Purple Beech (Fagus sylvatica purpurea) a magnificent specimen over 110 feet high; Schrenk’s Spruce (Picea schrenkiana) and the aptly named Tiger-tailed Spruce (Picea polita); the Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum) and the Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua).

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