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Tor Royal

Statutory Designation: 

Tor Royal is Listed Grade II.

District: 
Teignbridge
Parish: 
Princetown
Grid ref: 
SX 600 731
Map no: 
Landranger 202
Type of site: 
C19 parkland.
Description: 

Remotely sited on the edge of Dartmoor, south of Princetown this modest house was begun by Sir Thomas Tyrwhitt in 1785 and completed in 1798.  It consists of a simple, solid east facing main range, three bays wide with a North service wing.  About 1815-20 Tyrwhitt added a large one storey South wing with a new entrance, with a Doric porch approached through the large walled yard.  To the West is a sturdy water-clock tower.  A one storeyed lodge with Gothic windows.  Sir Thomas Trywhitt was a leading figure in exploiting Dartmoor for minerals, granite and agriculture.  He established a railway to take granite and produce to Plymouth, and in 1806, in order to provide manpower for these enterprises set up the Princetown Prisoner of War Barracks.  There appears to be simple landscape extending along the valley with a hanging plantation on one side and the Devenport Leat on the other.  It reads like an early C19 gentleman’s park.  Tor Royal Farm is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall. 

Conservation Area: 
No
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: 
No
Area of Great Landscape Value: 
No
Nature Conservation Zone: 
Yes
Coastal Preservation Area: 
No
National Park: 
Yes
Scheduled: 
No
Evidence: 
MapView plan, scale 1:2500 Getmapping aerial photograph 1:2500 Historic Maps c1880 scale 1:2500
References: 
Cherry & Pevsner: The Buildings of England – Devon, 1989: 696
Status: 
on Devon Gazetteer