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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.

Location information:

Address: Watcombe Park, Brunel Avenue (or Seymour Drive), Watcombe, Devon, TQ1 4SF

Locality: Newton Abbot

Local Authorities:


Historical County: Devon

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 202 Grid Ref: SX918678
Latitude: 50.5 Longitude: -3.52699


Watcombe lies to the north of Torquay.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open daily throughout the year. Admission is free.

Key information:

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

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 27

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