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Latitude: 50.9503 / 50°57'1"N
Longitude: -4.141 / 4°8'27"W
OS Eastings: 249702
OS Northings: 118945
OS Grid: SS497189
Mapcode National: GBR KM.NGR9
Mapcode Global: FRA 266L.QJL
Plus Code: 9C2QXV25+4H
Entry Name: Bowling Green Walls and Gazebo
Listing Date: 19 March 1951
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1104789
English Heritage Legacy ID: 90445
Location: Great Torrington, Torridge, Devon, EX38
Civil Parish: Great Torrington
Built-Up Area: Great Torrington
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Great Torrington St Michael
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
1. BARLEY GROVE
1735 Bowling Green walls
SS 4918 4/4 19.3.51.
Mainly C18 or earlier. At east end of Castle site. Ground falls away
to east and south. There has been a bowling green here since C18 if not
earlier. The Reverend John Swete describes how the green was temporarily
destroyed and a "pleasure-house" dismantled by Mr Rolle in 1789 owing to
unseemly and blasphemous behaviour of those using them. In early C19 Barley
Grove was "laid out and planted" by Mr John Yeo, mayor of Torrington.
The walls surrounding the bowling green may be of this date, stones from
the old Castle probably being used. There is little other evidence of
lay-out now remaining. At south east corner is an octagonal gazebo; (the
pleasure-house of 1789?). The base of this is buttressed on the south and
east below the level of the green itself. Front is of rusticated stone
with round-headed opening, the other sides roughcast and with sunk panels.
Sash window in round-headed panel, south east, overlooks the valley. Octagonal
roof of slate with ball finial at apex. Added brick lean-to, east.
Listing NGR: SS4970218945
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