• Guided tour of the Nursery and Arboretum at Thornhayes, near Cullompton. Friday 20th October 2017. See Events section for information.
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Devon Gazetteer

Use this Search function to locate gardens, parkland and cemeteries that appear in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England or in the Devon Gazetteer of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Sites can be located within District Council or Unitary Authority areas, by Parish or by Name (or keyword, such as 'cemetery', but not free text).

Devon Gazetteer of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest

One of the Trust’s main aims is to build up a picture of parks, gardens and designed landscapes of historic interest in Devon. Over twenty years ago, the Trust commissioned Dr Todd Gray of the University of Exeter to undertake research of archival sources of Devon’s garden history and the results were published as The Garden History of Devon; An illustrated guide to sources in 1995.

The Gazetteer evolved from the Register Review Project that English Heritage commissioned the Trust to carry out in 1999.

The Devon Gazetteer was compiled from the knowledge of key members of the Devon Gardens Trust supported by an examination of texts. These included The Buildings of England: Devon by Cherry and Pevsner (1991), The Garden History of Devon by Dr Todd Gray (1995), Devon Gardens: an Historical Survey edited by Steven Pugsley (1994), and Devon Country Houses and Gardens Engraved by Dr Todd Gray (Vol. 1: 2001).

The description of each site is a brief summary gleaned from the books referred to above, studies of the 2nd edition OS maps, aerial photographs, personal knowledge and the Trust’s recording programme. Site boundaries have not yet been delineated for all the sites, but will be delineated with the help of the Local Planning Authorities.

The Trust's programme of research and garden recording has concentrated on the sites included in the Devon Gazetteer. Before sites were added they were considered by a Panel of the Trust’s Conservation Committee, which included garden historians, garden recorders, an archaeologist, an urban designer, a town planner and the then Garden History Society’s Conservation Officer for the South West. A few later additions have been made, following the same approach. Over 170 sites have been judged by the Panel to satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

  • The site illustrates some particular aspect of the history of gardens, designed landscapes, parks, cemeteries, horticulture or places of recreation.
  • The site provides examples of the work of a particular designer of note.
  • The site has features from a particular period or style.
  • The site has known garden archaeological significance but has not necessarily been excavated.

The sites on the Devon Gazetteer are important designed landscapes in the local context of Devon but some sites are considered to be of National interest and are important enough to be included on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest.

The National Planning Policy Framework issued by the Government in 2012 changed the planning system and required Local Planning Authorities to compile a list of 'heritage assets'. The NPPF defines Heritage assets: a building, monument, site, place, area or landscape identified as having a degree of significance meriting consideration in planning decisions, because of its heritage interest. The Devon Gazetteer of Parksand Gardens of Local Historic Interest will form part of this list.

The Devon Gazetteer has a wide range of designed landscapes. Most sites are in private ownership and, as the Trust respects the owners right to privacy, information is only shown on the website where the landowner has given permission.

Namesort ascending Parish Authority
Wonford Hospital Exeter Exeter
Wiscombe Park Southleigh East Devon
Widworthy Court Widworthy East Devon
Widdicombe House Stokenham South Hams
Whiteway Chudleigh (town) Teignbridge
Whiddon Park Chagford West Devon
Wembury Wembury South Hams
Warleigh Bickleigh South Hams
Waddeton Court Stoke Gabriel South Hams
Upcott House West Pilton North Devon
University of Exeter Exeter Exeter
Trehill Kenn Teignbridge
Tracey Estate Awliscombe East Devon
Tor Royal Princetown Teignbridge
Tiverton Cemetery Tiverton Mid Devon
Thorn Park Plymouth Plymouth
Thorn Wembury South Hams
The Lawns Dawlish (town) Teignbridge
The Knowle Sidmouth East Devon
The Grange Broadhembury East Devon
The Glen Honiton East Devon
The Garden House Buckland Monachorum West Devon
The Barn Exmouth East Devon
Tetcott Manor Tetcott Torridge
Tawstock Court ( St Michael's School) Tawstock North Devon
Tavistock Old Cemetery Dolvin Rd Tavistock West Devon
Tavistock New Cemetery Plymouth Rd Tavistock (town) West Devon
Strand Riverside Gardens Topsham Exeter
Stoodleigh Court Stoodleigh Mid Devon
Stone Lane Gardens Arboretum (Mythic Sculpture Garden) Chagford Teignbridge
Stevenstone St Giles in the Wood Torridge
Stedcombe Manor Axmouth East Devon
Stanborough Halwell South Hams
St Thomas Pleasure Gardens Exeter Exeter
St Olave's Gidleigh West Devon
Spitchwick Manor Widecombe Teignbridge
Southill Chagford West Devon
Southernhay Exeter Exeter
Slade Cornwood South Hams
Sidbury Manor Sidbury East Devon
Shute House & Barton Shute East Devon
Shilstone Modbury South Hams
Sandridge Stoke Gabriel South Hams
Sand Sidford East Devon
Royal Naval Hospital, Stonehouse Plymouth Plymouth
Royal Avenue Gardens Dartmouth (town) South Hams
Rosemoor St Giles in the Wood Torridge
Rock Gardens Chudleigh (town) Teignbridge
Reeve Castle Zeal Monachorum Mid Devon
Reed Hall (Streatham Hall) Exeter Exeter
Radford Park Plymstock South Hams
Quaker Burial Ground Exeter Exeter
Pynes Upton Pyne East Devon
Puslinch Newton and Noss South Hams
Portledge Alwington Torridge
Poltimore House Poltimore East Devon
Plymtree Manor Plymtree East Devon
Pitt House Hennock Teignbridge
Pinces Gardens Exeter Exeter
Perridge House Holcombe Burnell Teignbridge
Peoples Park Tiverton (town) Mid Devon
Pennsylvania Park Exeter Exeter
Peamore Shillingford St George Teignbridge
Parke Bovey Tracey (town) Teignbridge
Palace Hotel Torquay Torbay
Oldstone Blackawton South Hams
Nutwell Court Woodbury East Devon
Newnham Park Sparkwell South Hams
Mount Radford Crescent Exeter Exeter
Mothecombe Holbeton South Hams
Moreton House (Grenville College) Bideford (town) Torridge
Morebath Manor Bampton Mid Devon
Membland Newton and Noss South Hams
Marwood Hill Marwood North Devon
Marley House (Syon Abbey) Rattery South Hams
Maristow Bickleigh South Hams
Manor House Torquay Torbay
Lyneham Yealmpton South Hams
Lukesland House Ivybridge South Hams
Lifton Park Lifton West Devon
Lewtrenchard Manor Lewtrenchard West Devon
Lee Ford Budleigh Salterton East Devon
Leawood House Bridestowe West Devon
Larkbeare Exeter Exeter
Knightstone Ottery St Mary East Devon
Kitley Yealmpton South Hams
Kings & Abbey Gardens & Torre Abbey Torquay Torbay
Kenwith Abbotsham Torridge
Kentisbeare House Kentisbeare Mid Devon
Kelly House Kelly
Jews' Burial Ground Exeter Exeter
Italian Garden at Great Ambrook Ipplepen Teignbridge
Indio House Bovey Tracey Teignbridge
Huntsham Court Huntsham Mid Devon
Horswell House South Milton South Hams
Homeyard Botanical Gardens Shaldon Teignbridge
Holne Chase Holne Teignbridge
Holcombe Court Holcombe Rogus Mid Devon
Hill House Landscove Teignbridge
Hemerdon House Sparkwell South Hams
Hembury Fort House Buckerell East Devon
Heddon Hall Parracombe North Devon
Heavitree Pleasure Ground Heavitree Exeter
Heavitree Park Exeter Exeter
Heanton Satchville Huish Torridge
Hazelwood Loddiswell South Hams
Hartland Abbey Hartland Torridge
Hannaford Manor Widecombe in the Moor Teignbridge
Halsdon House Dalton Torridge
Haldon House Kenn Teignbridge
Haccombe House Haccombe with Combe Teignbridge
Gulliford Burial Ground Lympstone East Devon
Great Fulford Dunsford Teignbridge
Gnaton Hall Newton Ferrers South Hams
Gidleigh Park Gidleigh West Devon
Gatcombe Littlehempston South Hams
Fursdon Cadbury Mid Devon
Freedom Fields Park Plymouth Plymouth
Fowelscombe (ruin) Ugborough South Hams
Filleigh Chudleigh (town) Teignbridge
Feniton Court Feniton East Devon
Faringdon House Farringdon East Devon
Fardel Cornwood West Devon
Fallapit East Allington South Hams
Exwick Cemetery Exeter Exeter
Exmouth Seafront Gardens Exmouth East Devon
Exeter Higher Cemetery (Heavitree) Exeter Exeter
Escot Talaton/Ottery St Mary East Devon
Elizabethan Garden Plymouth Plymouth
Eggesford Eggesford North Devon
Dunsland House Bradford Torridge
Downes Crediton (town) Mid Devon
Dissenter's Graveyard Exeter Exeter
Devon County Asylum (Exevale Hospital) Exminster Teignbridge
Denbury Manor Torbryan Teignbridge
Delamore Cornwood South Hams
Culver House Holcombe Burnell Teignbridge
Cruwys Morchard Cruwys Morchard Mid Devon
Creedy Park Sandford Mid Devon
Courtney Park Newton Abbot (town) Teignbridge
Courtlands Exmouth East Devon
Court Castle Winkleigh Torridge
Coombe House / Plaz Metaxu Witheridge Mid Devon
Coombe House Colebrooke Mid Devon
Compton Castle Marldon South Hams
Combe Royal & Lower Combe Royal West Alvington South Hams
Collipriest House Tiverton (town) Mid Devon
Colleton Crescent Exeter Exeter
Collacombe Barton Lamerton West Devon
Colehayes Bovey Tracey (town) Teignbridge
Cockington Court Torquay Torbay
Cock Rock West Pilton North Devon
Clovelly Court Clovelly Torridge
Chevithorne Barton Chevithorne Mid Devon
Central Park Plymouth Plymouth
Cathedral Close Exeter Exeter
Canonteign Christow Teignbridge
Bury Meadow Exeter Exeter
Burrow Farm Gardens Dalwood East Devon
Buckland House Buckland Filleigh Torridge
Buckland House Buckland Tout Saints South Hams
Buckland Abbey Buckland Monachorum West Devon
Broomford Manor Jacobstowe West Devon
Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth (town) South Hams
Bradfield Uffculme Mid Devon
Bowringsleigh West Alvington South Hams
Bovey House Beer East Devon
Bovey Castle (Manor House Hotel) North Bovey Teignbridge
Blachford Park Cornwood South Hams
Bishop's Palace Exeter Exeter
Bickleigh Castle Bickleigh Mid Devon
Bickham House Kenn Teignbridge
Berry Pomeroy Castle Berry Pomeroy South Hams
Belmont Park Exeter Exeter
Beechwood Sparkwell South Hams
Beaumont Park Plymouth Plymouth
Barnstaple Cemetery Barnstaple (town) North Devon
Barnfield Crescent Exeter Exeter
Baring Crescent Exeter Exeter
Ashton Manor Ashton Teignbridge
Annery Monkleigh Torridge
Alleron Loddiswell South Hams