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Latitude: 50.7482 / 50°44'53"N
Longitude: -3.9086 / 3°54'30"W
OS Eastings: 265450
OS Northings: 96020
OS Grid: SX654960
Mapcode National: GBR Q7.79R3
Mapcode Global: FRA 27P3.K3R
Entry Name: Steps and Terrace Walls Around Tennis Lawn South West of Wood House
Listing Date: 4 March 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1106027
English Heritage Legacy ID: 94977
Location: South Tawton, West Devon, Devon, EX20
District: West Devon
Civil Parish: South Tawton
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: South Tawton St Andrew
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX 69 NE SOUTH TAWTON
1/180 Steps and terrace walls around
tennis lawn south-west of
Steps and terrace walls. 1899-1905 by Thomas Mawson. Plain granite steps, low
granite rubble walls made from chosen pieces made to look like crazy paving and with
flat-topped granite ashlar coping; granite ashlar seat.
Plan and description: the tennis lawn is terraced into the hillside facing north-
east. Most of the banks around it are of earth surmounted by low box yew hedges but
the bottom one (onto the forecourt) and the right one looking up from the house
(onto the rear service drive) are revetted with granite walls. From the centre of
the forecourt (called by Mawson the carriage court), a flight of stone steps lead up
to the first short terrace which begins the crazy-paved granite path around the
tennis lawn. Plain stone steps lead up all the terraces and at the right (north-
western) end of the top one is a round-backed stone seat.
These features associated with the tennis lawn are part of an extensive landscaping
scheme conceived by Mawson to go with the rebuilding of Wood House (q.v.). Mawson
himself considered the whole scheme as one-of his major achievements.
Source: T H Mawson The Art and Craft of Garden Making, (5th edition) includes
copious notes and illustrations of Wood House.
Listing NGR: SX6545096020
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