By Jocelyn Hemming
''A Devon House'' relates the tale of 1 of Devon's nice homes throughout the humans and occasions that experience colored its lifestyles over the last four hundred years. The e-book lines the architectural development of Poltimore from Tudor manor to grand twentieth century mansion, documents its ancient position in England's tempestuous Civil warfare and info its use after 1920 as first a college after which a clinic. it is going to attract all those that knew the home and property in a private capability some time past, those that have visited it because the formation of Poltimore condo belief in 2000 and the buddies of Poltimore residence in 2003, and people attracted to the conservation and regeneration of old structures.
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Extra resources for A Devon House: The Story Of Poltimore
A three-quarter-length portrait of Coplestone Warwick Bampfylde, by an unknown artist, shows him wearing a full-skirted coat of apricot-coloured velvet and lace cravat, standing with hand on hip, a pose typical of the period. His wife, Gertrude Carew, in steel-blue satin, provides a complementary painting of the same size; both can be seen at Hartland Abbey in North Devon. Whoever its creator, the exuberantly decorated and gilded 18thcentury Saloon has been described as ‘one of the ﬁnest rooms of its kind in the county’ by Cherry and Pevsner.
On one occasion the artist Thomas Jones was much put out when Sir Charles ‘bespoke a picture at 30 guineas. ’ Charles Bampfylde fared little better than his brother towards the end of his life; he was murdered by his housekeeper’s husband, and with him ended the long tenure of political posts. His heir, George Warwick Bampfylde, 6th Baronet, declined to stand for Parliament for Exeter on the grounds that the process had cost his father more than £80,000. Westminster connections continued, ABOVE George Warwick Bampfylde, 1st Baron Poltimore.
In parlour dim I sit concealed, And mark the lessening sand from hour-glass fall; Or, neath my window view the wistful train Of dripping poultry, whom the vine’s broad leaves Shelter no more. ’ Aside from politics, John Codrington Bampfylde’s brother Charles seems also to have been interested in music and the arts; he even had ‘Ballads, Catches, Glees and Part songs’ dedicated to him and which were sung at the PicNics (assembly rooms) in Bath. He subscribed to The New Musical Fund established in 1786 for the relief of ‘Decayed Musicians, their Widows and Orphans’.
A Devon House: The Story Of Poltimore by Jocelyn Hemming