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Research and Recording Study Day at Cadhay

Date & Time of Event: 
Wednesday, 14 October, 2015 (All day)

Research and Recording Study Day at Cadhay, near Ottery St Mary

Cadhay is a large Elizabethan manor house situated close to the market town of Ottery St Mary in East Devon.  Rupert Thistlethwayte, owner of Cadhay, has very kindly agreed to allow us to Cadhayuse the site and its facilities, where we plan a study tour of the garden in the morning and after lunch a short meeting to discuss future research projects. 

Details of the day, which is free of charge, is available from Dianne Long (Tel. 01460 220810  |  Email diggins@hcax.fsnet.co.uk).


Research and Recording Group
All of our work is aimed at supporting one of DGT’s primary objectives, that of conserving Devon’s designed landscapes. Looking at the history and significance of those sites is not only fascinating but also crucial in the event of any planning issues. So our foremost project is to ensure that we have the appropriate information on those sites that we consider might be ‘at risk’ in some way, particularly of development in the immediate area, and of those sites which might merit us proposing for further protection of Historic England listing, about ten sites in total. Next we want to look at those sites where we only have minimal information, again to ensure we are well-prepared in the event of any planning issues. We have also identified some one-off projects that are not site-specific.

Whilst conservation is a primary objective, all of our work can be used to promote Devon’s rich garden history, both at a more academic level and of general interest. Thus, we hope, in time, to make much more of our research more easily available, ideally through the DGT website, and of course through DGT publications. It is early days, but we are looking to develop a database that DGT researchers can use online to record all of the information they find.