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Walls and Summerhouse of Wood House North Garden

A Grade II* Listed Building in South Tawton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7485 / 50°44'54"N

Longitude: -3.9084 / 3°54'30"W

OS Eastings: 265461

OS Northings: 96060

OS Grid: SX654960

Mapcode National: GBR Q7.73T5

Mapcode Global: FRA 27P3.K4P

Entry Name: Walls and Summerhouse of Wood House North Garden

Listing Date: 4 March 1988

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1170691

English Heritage Legacy ID: 94978

Location: South Tawton, West Devon, Devon, EX20

County: Devon

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

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Listing Text


1/181 Walls and summerhouse of Wood
House north garden


Walls and summerhouse. 1899-1905 by Thomas Mawson. Granite rubble walls arranged
to look like crazy paving; granite ashlar detail and quoins; slate coping to walls
and thatch roof to the summerhouse. The lawn of the north garden are enclosed on 3
sides by high walls and is open on the south-east (towards the house), the right
side the back of a stable courtyard. The back wall curves back behind a small
summerhouse. It is circular in plan supported on monolithic granite front posts.
These are circular in a kind of classical style. There is a stone seat around the
back and it has a conical thatch roof. Either side are round-headed niches with
moulded eared architraves and there are 3 more on the left side. None now have
statues. Also a doorway through the back wall contains an original door.
This is part of an extensive landscaping scheme conceived by Mawson to go with the
rebuilding of Wood House (q.v.). It wa-s overlooked from the billiard room in the
house. Mawson himself considered the whole 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: SX6546196060

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