Kenwith

Designation:
All on Devon Gazetteer
Type:
  • Gardens
Parish:
Abotsham
Local Authority:
Torridge
OS Grid Ref:
SS 431 275
Map no.:
Landranger 180
Description:

Kenwith Lodge was also known as Kenwith and Kenwith Castle but is now known as Kenwith Nursing Home. The mid-eighteenth century building, with an earlier wing, was later used as the dower house of the Pine­-Coffin family at nearby Portledge. In 1850 Dr Hevwood was the owner and by 1883 it was occupied by Major General Hickman Thomas Molesworth.  The Castellated Regency Gothic front effectively disguises the older building.  The building later became a hotel and then converted into use as a residential home. There is a steel line engraving entitled ‘Kenwith Lodge, North Devon, the seat of W. C. Heywood M.D.’ by H. Wallis after W. H. Bartlett, 1831 and the eighteenth-century gazebo seen in the engraving survives.

Listed Buildings

Castle and gazebo listed Grade II.

References

Cherry & Pevsner: The Buildings of England – Devon, 1989: 124
T Gray: Devon Country Houses and Gardens Engraved Vol I, 2001: 173

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