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Kenwith

Statutory Designation: 

Castle and gazebo listed Grade II

District: 
Torridge
Parish: 
Abbotsham
Grid ref: 
SS 431 275
Map no: 
Landranger 180
Type of site: 
C18 parkland
Description: 

Kenwith Lodge was also known as Kenwith and Kenwith Castle but is now known as Kenwith Nursing Home.  The mid-eighteenth century building, with an earlier wing, was later used as the dower house of the Pine­-Coffin family at nearby Portledge. In 1850 Dr Hevwood was the owner and by 1883 it was occupied by Major General Hickman Thomas Molesworth.  The Castellated Regency Gothic front effectively disguises the older building.  The building later became a hotel and then converted into use as a residential home.  There is a steel line engraving entitled ‘Kenwith Lodge, North Devon, the seat of W. C. Heywood M.D.’ by H. Wallis after W. H. Bartlett, 1831 and the eighteenth-century gazebo seen in the engraving survives.

 

 

 

 

 

Conservation Area: 
No
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: 
No
Area of Great Landscape Value: 
No
Nature Conservation Zone: 
No
Coastal Preservation Area: 
No
National Park: 
No
Scheduled: 
No
Evidence: 
MapView plan, scale 1:40 and 1:250000 Getmapping aerial photograph 1:2500 Historic Maps c1880 scale 1:2500 and 1:5000
References: 
Cherry & Pevsner: The Buildings of England – Devon, 1989: 124 T Gray: Devon Country Houses and Gardens Engraved Vol I, 2001: 173
Status: 
on Devon Gazetteer