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Brief description of site

Bridwell is a late-18th century landscape park and woodland with present grounds of about 33 hectares around the house, including 2 hectares of gardens and pleasure grounds. Much of the surrounding land has been returned to agriculture.

Brief history of site

Bridwell was leased by Richard Clarke, a wealthy yeoman in 1610, and subsequently purchased in 1628. The present house was constructed in 1774-1779. A 'Plan of Intended Alterations' dated 1779 attributed to Thomas Gray shows the house set at the centre of a landscape park with pleasure grounds to the north, a lake to the south and walled gardens adjacent to the old house south-west of the new building. The park shown on the 1779 proposal Plan corresponds closely to the site as it survives in the late-20th century.

Location information:

Address: Bridwell Park Estate, Bridwell Avenue, Uffculme, Devon, EX15 3BU

Locality: Mid Devon

Local Authorities:

Devon; Mid Devon; Halberton

Historical County: Devon

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 181 Grid Ref: ST057126
Latitude: 50.9051 Longitude: -3.34251

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: Before 1610

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 33

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