Lifton Park

Designation:
All on Devon Gazetteer
Type:
  • Parkland
Period/Century:
  • C19
Parish:
Lifton
Local Authority:
West Devon
OS Grid Ref:
SX 38 84
Map no.:
Landranger 201
Description:

The entrances to Lifton Park are marked by decorative Victorian Lodges; HomePark and South Lodge.  The large Gothic mansion was built in 1805 for William Arundel but suffered major damage after the war; the eight bay west entrance wing has been restored and the ruins have been stabilised.  The arboretum was laid out at the time and much still remains.  Rockeries and formal seating areas still exist within the woodland. White (1850) noted “…a handsome seat….encompassed by about 300 acres of lawn and woods, stretching to the Tamar valley and commanding delightful views.  Stockdale wrote “…very delightfully situated and commands an interesting prospect of the town of Launceston with its ancient castle, indeed no expense seems to have been spared to render the surrounding plantations containing about 8000 acres. It is shown on the 1907 OS as having parkland with a fishpond south of the house, a rookery to the west, two pheasantries and Lifton Wood containing rides/walks to the north. Lifton Park is now in several separate ownerships.

Listed Buildings

Lifton Park is listed Grade II.

References

Cherry & Pevsner: The Buildings of England – Devon, 1989: 536 T Gray: The Garden History of Devon, 1995: 140 T Gray: Devon Country Houses and Gardens Engraved Vol I, 2001: 199-20

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