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The Nursery, West Felton


The Nursery featured grounds with specimen trees, architectural antiquities, and other garden ornaments.

The Nursery, north of Twyford Cross in West Felton, was the home of John Dovaston, and his son, the writer and poet J.F.M. Dovaston. The grounds of the Nursery contained various architectural antiquities, a small obelisk, and J.F.M. Dovaston's rock collection. In 1829, after a quarrel with the village parson, J.F.M. Dovaston formed nine of the larger geological specimens into a cromlech or pseudo-prehistoric tomb, which he inteded as his burial place. However, by the time of his death he had reconciled with the church.

By the late 19th century, The Nursery grounds contained a great number of specimen trees, supposedly representative of every country on earth. The most famous was the celebrated Dovaston Yew (planted around 1777), thought to be the country's oldest surviving example.



  • 18th Century (1701 to 1800)
  • Late 18th Century (1775 to 1799)
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  • Obelisk
  • Description: There was a small obelisk in the gardens.
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Key Information



Principal Building

Domestic / Residential


18th Century (1701 to 1800)



Civil Parish

West Felton