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Whiddon Park

Statutory Designation: 

Whiddon Park is listed Grade II*, coach house and stable adjoining listed Grade II, deer park wall between SX 723 889 and SX 722 894 listed Grade II*.

District: 
West Devon
Parish: 
Chagford
Grid ref: 
SX 72 89
Map no: 
Landranger 191
Type of site: 
Deer park
Description: 

Whiddon Park is a substantial remnant of the large manor house of the Whiddons. The estate was bought by the Drew family of Castle Drogo.  White (1850) noted “the ancient mansion and woody park of 300 acres”.  Stockdale described it as a “mansion built in the Elizabethan style and the surrounding scenery of the Park and Woodbounded by the Teign is remarkably beautiful.  The Park is in extent nearly 300 acres”.  The deer park is at the entrance to the Teign gorge.  Probably a medieval deer park and the walls may be medieval as well. Granite rubble but carefully built using large pieces of granite.  The wall is intact and stands up to 3m high in places; it has a flat top projecting very slightly.  There is a ditch on the inside of the wall.  The wall encloses the park originally belonged to Whiddon Park House and there is a gateway through it to a drive from the house.

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 1:4000 Ordnance Survey 2nd edition, 1906, scale 6” (WCSL sheet 90 NW ) Getmapping aerial photograph 1:2500 Historic Maps c1880 scale 1:2500
References: 
Cherry & Pevsner: The Buildings of England – Devon, 1989: 251 T Gray: The Garden History of Devon, 1995: 234-35
Status: 
on Devon Gazetteer