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Latitude: 50.7454 / 50°44'43"N
Longitude: -3.9106 / 3°54'38"W
OS Eastings: 265297
OS Northings: 95712
OS Grid: SX652957
Mapcode National: GBR Q7.797N
Mapcode Global: FRA 27P3.Q9C
Entry Name: Gate Posts and Gates Approximately 350 Metres South West of Wood House
Listing Date: 4 March 1988
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1305916
English Heritage Legacy ID: 94985
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
1/188 Gate posts and gates approximately
350 metres south-west of Wood
Gate posts and gates to the main entrance drive of Wood House (q.v.). 1899-1905 by
Thomas Mawson. Granite ashlar with some roughcast brick or stone rubble; wrought
Plan and description: the gateway is set back a short distance from the road to the
west. Granite ashlar gate posts are square in section with chamfered plinths and
soffit-moulded caps surmounted by obelisks with wrought iron fleur-de-lys finials.
The gate piers and full height double gates are wrought iron. Double lock bars and
double top rails infilled with scrollwork. The gate piers are surmounted by
scrolled finials and the centre of the gateway has an ornate crest in the manner of
an overthrow. The top panel of each gate contains an heraldic device in a circular
frame. Either side of the gate posts a wall projects outward then turns at an angle
projecting forwards and outwards. This wall is made up of roughcast panels defined
by rusticated granite ashlar. In front a low quadrant fence of plain granite posts
with iron rails between.
This is the main gateway to the drive through the grounds to Wood House. It is part
of the extensive landscaped garden 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: SX6529795712
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