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 life during the last four hundred years. The booklet lines the architectural development of Poltimore from Tudor manor to grand twentieth century mansion, documents its old function in England's tempestuous Civil warfare and information its use after 1920 as first a college after which a sanatorium. it is going to attract all those that knew the home and property in a private means some time past, those that have visited it because the formation of Poltimore condominium belief in 2000 and the buddies of Poltimore residence in 2003, and people attracted to the conservation and regeneration of ancient structures.
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When the paper was removed during the hospital era the names of the paperhangers were discovered underneath with a date in the 1880s. A paper of similar style featuring green parrots was used in one of the principal bedrooms on the ﬂoor above. A late-19th-century photograph of the Library shows it ﬁtted with tall bookcases, while the Red Drawing Room and Saloon were both richly furnished as reception rooms. The Bampfylde family paintings already mentioned, together with others that were sold at the 1923 sale of contents, were hung in all these rooms and on the imperial staircase.
Another extravaganza of the time was the Chinese Garden, which could be seen from the west windows of the house. There may have been an ornamental water garden here from at least 1801; the OS map shows a quite large enclosed area with, possibly, water on the west side of the house. By the latter part of the century the leat which ﬂowed into the River Clyst had been dammed to BELOW The Poltimore Hunt crossing Huxham Brake by William Widgery, 1860. Photograph Dick Brownridge 38 form a pool and the garden laid out according to the design of a willow-pattern plate, complete with pagoda, bridge and fencing.
Russell attended the birthday event at Poltimore in 1858 for which Sir Thomas Acland lent seven cannon from Killerton for the celebratory salvoes. Bands played, ﬁreworks were let off and sports were held in the park. A few days later the whole party moved up to North Molton for a second celebration, where the Reverend Russell opened the ball with Lady Poltimore while Augustus took a local North Molton girl as his partner. The 1st Baron died the same year; was his death the reason why the obelisk was not erected?