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

Statutory Designation: 

Thorn is listed Grade II.

District: 
South Hams
Parish: 
Wembury
Grid ref: 
SX 541 492
Map no: 
Landranger 202
Type of site: 
19C Riverside terraced garden.
Description: 

Early 19C house on an older site; a later extension along the main terrace wall was subsequently demolished. In 1920 William Arkwright brought urns from Sutton Scarsdale Hall to enhance his terraced garden and the design reflected his previous house, including the rose garden and the gateway at the far end of the main terrace. After his death in 1925, Mrs Sebag-Montefiore continued to plant rare specimens, some of which are now champions. The Gibsons have splendidly restored and enhanced the garden since 1981, despite massive storm damage in 1990. The drive leads to a formal circle in front of the house.  Long terraces run parallel with the river from the conservatory at the back of the house. The slopes below and above these are planted informally but choice and tender species are found throughout.

The garden at Thorn
The garden sloping down to the River Yealm.
Conservation Area: 
No
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: 
No
Area of Great Landscape Value: 
No
Nature Conservation Zone: 
No
Coastal Preservation Area: 
Yes
National Park: 
No
Scheduled: 
No
Evidence: 
MapView plan, scale 1:2500 Ordnance Survey Map Getmapping aerial photograph 1:2500 Historic Maps c1880
References: 
Country Life 15 February 1919 p.166 Sutton Scarsdale
Status: 
on Devon Gazetteer