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Wiscombe Park

Statutory Designation: 

The house is listed Grade II*.

District: 
East Devon
Parish: 
Southleigh
Grid ref: 
SY 187 931
Map no: 
Landranger 192
Type of site: 
Parkland to a country house.
Description: 

Wiscombe Park is a Gothic country house by Joseph Power of Colyton for C Gordan in 1826, with some modernisation of about 1880.  White (1850) merely noted it as ‘a pleasant seat’ while Stockdale described it as ‘a very interesting mansion of the Elizabethan style of architecture built about 1826 on the site of the old manor house being situated in a richly wooded vale, has a very pleasing appearance.  This estate in early times belonged to the priory of Otterton and was granted in the reign of Henry the third to Sir William Bonville Knight, in whose time the Park was well stocked with deer.  In digging the foundation a large quantity of their horns was discovered.About a quarter of a mile from Wiscombe there are remains of an ancient fortification, called Blackbury Castle, now covered with forest trees.’  The conservatory has been partly rebuilt.

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 plans, scale 1:2500 and 1:4000 Ordnance Survey 1890 edition, scale 6” (sheet LXXXIII NW) Getmapping aerial photograph 1:2500 Historic Maps c1880 scale 1:2500
References: 
Cherry & Pevsner: The Buildings of England – Devon, 1989: 96, 747 T Gray: The Garden History of Devon, 1995: 241
Status: 
on Devon Gazetteer