Watcombe (Brunel) Park, (also known as Watcombe Park and Brunel Manor), Newton Abbot, England
Record Id: 3437
Site is open to the public. Opening may be limited, please check Visitor Information for any restrictions.
Brief description of site
Watcombe (Brunel) Park has mid-19th-century parkland, gardens and shelter belts, laid out by I K Brunel. At its most extensive the estate was around 55 hectares, now (1987) it is in divided use and ownership, with around 27 hectares remaining as gardens, park, woodland and protected coastal scenery.
Brief history of site
The land was purchased by I.K. Brunel in stages between 1847 and 1858 with a view to creating an estate and building a house for his retirement, but he died in 1859 before its completion. W A Nesfield was consulted on the design of the gardens and ornamental landscape in 1847. No house was constructed until the estate was acquired in 1873 by James Crompton.
Address: Watcombe Park, Brunel Avenue (or Seymour Drive), Watcombe, Devon, TQ1 4SF
Locality: Newton Abbot
Historical County: Devon
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Watcombe lies to the north of Torquay.
Opening contact details:
The site is open daily throughout the year. Admission is free.
Form of site: woodland garden
Purpose of site: Ornamental
Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces
Site first created: 1847 to 1858
Main period of development: Mid 19th century
Site Size (Hectares): 27