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Bowling Green Walls and Gazebo

A Grade II Listed Building in Great Torrington, Devon

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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

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1104789

English Heritage Legacy ID: 90445

Location: Great Torrington, Torridge, Devon, EX38

County: Devon

District: Torridge

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

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1735 Bowling Green walls
and gazebo
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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