Summary

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Brief description of site

The large Gothic mansion was built in 1805 for William Arundel and is now largely derelict apart from the eight bay west entrance wing. The arboretum was laid out at the time and much still remains. Rockeries and formal seating areas still exist within the woodland.

Location information:

Address: Lifton, PL16 0DE

Locality: West Devon

Local Authorities:

Devon; West Devon; Lifton

Historical County: Devon

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 201 Grid Ref: SX381846
Latitude: 50.6385 Longitude: -4.29094

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1805

Main period of development: Early 19th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Description

Site designation(s)

The National Heritage List for England: Listed Building Grade II

Local Listing or Building of Local Importance Reference Area of Great Landscape Value

Principal building:

Mansion house. Created 1805

The large Gothic mansion was built in 1805 for William Arundel and is now largely derelict apart from the eight bay west entrance wing.

Designation status: The National Heritage List for England: Listed Building Grade II

History

The entrances to Lifton Park are marked by decorative Victorian Lodges, Home Park and South Lodge. The large Gothic mansion was built in 1805 for William Arundel and is now largely derelict apart from the eight bay west entrance wing. 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'.

Lifton Park is now in separate ownership and is shown on the 1907 Ordnance Survey as having parkland with a fishpond south of the house, a rookery to the west, two pheasantries and Lifton Wood containing rides and walks to the north.

Features

gate lodge

Feature created: 1837 to 1901

The entrances to Lifton Park are marked by decorative Victorian Lodges.

References

Organisations associated with this site

Devon Gardens Trust

Historic England Role: Designating Authority

Sources of information

Devon Country Houses and Gardens

Gray, Todd Devon Country Houses and Gardens (2001) 199-200

The Buildings of England: Devon

Pevsner, N The Buildings of England: Devon (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1952)

The Garden History of Devon

Gray, Todd The Garden History of Devon (Exeter: Exeter University Press, 1995) 140

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