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Latitude: 50.6959 / 50°41'45"N
Longitude: -3.8111 / 3°48'39"W
OS Eastings: 272184
OS Northings: 90038
OS Grid: SX721900
Mapcode National: GBR QD.3JPK
Mapcode Global: FRA 27X7.F36
Plus Code: 9C2RM5WQ+9H
Entry Name: Castle Drogo
Listing Date: 20 February 1952
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1106086
English Heritage Legacy ID: 94821
Location: Drewsteignton, West Devon, Devon, EX6
Civil Parish: Drewsteignton
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Drewsteignton
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX 79 SW DREWSTEIGNTON
5/25 Castle Drogo
Large country house, "the last castle built in England". Built between 1911 - 1930
for Julius Drewe by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It is built entirely of granite with
massive ashlar facing.
Plan and exterior description: built along the top and east of a high granite spur
Castle Drogo has a most dramatic setting overlooking the steep-sided woooded gorge
of the River Teign. Its style of construction (with solid stone walls) and
appearance (with embattled parapet and even a portcullis to the main doorway) is
that of a medieval castle but it was nevertheless a domestic house with large
mullion-and-transomed windows containing rectangular panes of leaded glass. Well-
illustrated plans and descriptions are published (see below), and these cover the
interior with its furnishings and fittings. Since the house is so recent it is
virtually as it was finished, complete with the original furniture, some of it
designed by Lutyens.
In short it is a perfectly preserved architectural masterpiece and although Luytens
was prevented from realising his full scheme it must still be regarded as one of the
finest C20 houses in Great Britain.
Source: ASG Butler Castle Drogo, Devonshire, Parts 1 and 2. Country Life August 3,
1945 pp 200-203 and August 10, 1945 pp 244-247.
National Trust, Castle Drogo guide (1982).
Listing NGR: SX7218490038
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