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Sundial Terrace, Including Steps, Walls, Seats and Sundial

A Grade II Listed Building in Shobrooke, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8025 / 50°48'8"N

Longitude: -3.626 / 3°37'33"W

OS Eastings: 285513

OS Northings: 101583

OS Grid: SS855015

Mapcode National: GBR LB.YM7M

Mapcode Global: FRA 369Z.75K

Plus Code: 9C2RR92F+XH

Entry Name: Sundial Terrace, Including Steps, Walls, Seats and Sundial

Listing Date: 30 November 1984

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1162320

English Heritage Legacy ID: 96441

Location: Shobrooke Park, Mid Devon, Devon, EX17

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

Civil Parish: Shobrooke

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Shobrooke St Swithin

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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2/89 Sundial Terrace, including
- steps, walls, seats and sundial

Large, landscaped terrace in ground of Shobrooke Park, now demolished, comprising
front retaining wall, flights of steps, ornamental seats, fountain and sundial
1851, by T L Donaldson for John Henry Hippisley. Portland stone throughout wits
brass sundial. Classical style. Long, ornamental terrace overlooking landscape
valley to east. 2 long terraced lawns (originally gravel with grass verges an
banks) enclosed both sides and back by yew hedges on a 3rd terrace. The front
retaining wall and parapet rises each side terminating with forward breaks, and, in
the middle, breaks forward squaare with large semi-circular projection around the
sundial, centrepiece of the lower level. Each of the 3 banks has central flight of
stone steps leading back from the sundial to a circular stone-walled fountain it
the middle of the upper level. This marks the entrance from a Yew Walk to site of
Shobrooke House to south-west. Further flights of steps lead from wide middle
terrace up to large ornamental stone seats at each end. Front retaining wall is
slightly battered with 3 projecting bands of verniculated rustication. The parapet
is interrupted by a series of square piers which rise above the moulded coping;
simple caps along main walls, vases at either end, and bals with an obelisk each
side around centre. Sundial is fixed to a fluted drum on Tuscan base with neck
decorated with carved lions' masks and festoons set on octagonal plinth of 3 steps.
Ornate brass dial inscribed 'Carpenter and Westley, Regent Street, London, 1851'
and includes the initials of John Henry Hippisley. The stone steps off all sides
of middle terrace have low plain side-walls and square terminals showing marks
where ornate brass flower-pots were originally fixed. The steps to fountain and
shell seat (to north) have higher side-walls and ornate terminal piers, fielded
panels of rustication below key-pattern frieze with verniculated ball caps. Large
apsidal stone seat at south end has fluted brackets under seat with shaped arms,
shaped fielded panels on back with moulded broken scrolls sweeping up to centre
where surmounted by carved shell. At north end the apsidal stone shell seat is
semi-circular in plan with ornate elliptical shell canopy. Flanking pilasters have
projecting bands of verniculated rustication with moulded edges; scrolls with
floral enrichment and canopy surmounted by carved-shell acterion shaped arms to
stone seat, fielded panelled at back with panelled frieze interrupted by fluted

Listing NGR: SS8551301583

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