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Latitude: 50.5939 / 50°35'38"N
Longitude: -3.5846 / 3°35'4"W
OS Eastings: 287938
OS Northings: 78330
OS Grid: SX879783
Mapcode National: GBR QS.7W50
Mapcode Global: FRA 37CH.KBW
Entry Name: Ashwell Lodge
Listing Date: 28 April 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1097094
English Heritage Legacy ID: 85285
Location: Chudleigh, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ13
Civil Parish: Chudleigh
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Chudleigh St Martin and St Mary
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX 87 NE
4/2 Ashwell Lodge
Lodge opposite the main gateway to Ugbrooke House. Mid/late C19. Rowan suggests
that the design may be by Capability Brown, who undertook the landscaping of Ugbrooke
Park or by William Spring, the clerk of works for the rebuilding of the house at
Ugbrooke Park or Joseph Rowe, the architect of the stables. However the style and
details of the building suggest a date in the C19 not the C18. Local stone rubble
with local grey limestone quoins and dressings; thatched roof, gabled at ends,
replaced with tiles to the rear of the ridge; central grey limestone ashlar stack
with 2 brick shafts.
Double depth plan, 2 rooms wide with a central entrance, a narrow service room at the
rear and a disused porch on the left return.
2 storeys. Symmetrical 2 window front with the eaves thatch rising as gables over
the 2 first floor window and a central gabled thatched porch on posts with a stud and
plank front door. The ground floor windows are 2-light casements with C20 leaded
panes, grey ashlar cambered arches with keystones and grey ashlar jambs. Similar
first floor casements have cambered heads below boarding.
On the left return a thatched brick porch is clad with split logs, ground floor bow
window on right return.
A simple cottage design for the principal lodge at Ugbrooke, this building is
important, not only to the immediate setting of the main entrance but also for the
contribution it makes to the overall character of the landscape at Ugbrooke Park,
designed by Capability Brown, which is remarkable for the absence of sophisticated
architectural temples, grottos or seats. This may have been due to economy, but a
poem by Lord Clifford's chaplain, Father Reeve, emphasizes the predominance of Nature
over Art at Ugbrooke Park "To model with the Genius of the Place/Each artless
feature, each spontaneous grace/for as you work the Genius still presides,/Directs
each stroke and each improvement guides/...../In all so true, so unperceived the
skill/That Nature modified is Nature still".
Rowan, A., "Ugbrooke Park", Country Life, vol 142 pp. 790-793
Listing NGR: SX8794278327
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