Great Fulford

All on Devon Local List
  • Parkland
  • Walled Kitchen Garden
  • C18
Local Authority:
OS Grid Ref:
SX 791 917
Map no.:
Landranger 191

The medieval home of the Fulford family who have held the manor since the twelth century or earlier.  A substantial courtyard mansion, remodelled c.1800,  it stands hidden away in its own grounds. The landscaped grounds include a beech avenue and a lake.  Polwhele wrote in 1793 that  ‘The house stands on a rising ground near a sheet of water ... it is well accommodated with gardens, fishponds and a park.’  White (1850) wrote  ‘a large square mansion, of the Elizabethan age, in a finely wooded park of about 400 acres, stocked with deer, and having a small lake.’ 

Stockdale described it as “built on a gentle eminence and surrounded by extensive plantations of 400 acres presenting a variety of the most picturesque scenes imaginable.”  The 1905  & 1906 OS show a formal avenue from Tower Lodge to the south, a series of plantations (Langleypark, Coleshill, Berryhead, Poad, Westernwalk, Round & Camsland).  To the south and east of the house is Great Fulford Park, bisected by a small copse containing Canal Walk. There is a large lake with a boat house south of the house.

Great Fulford should be added to the Historic England Register at Grade II.

Listed Buildings

Great Fulford is listed Grade I.  Cob walls to the walled garden, linhay, stables and tower lodge are listed Grade II.  


Cherry & Pevsner: The Buildings of England – Devon, 1989 54, 58, 85, 91, 343, 458
T Gray: The Garden History of Devon, 1995: 112-13
Country Life v.36, 1914: 160-68
T Gray: Devon Country Houses and Gardens Engraved Vol I, 2001: 146-7

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