By Jocelyn Hemming
''A Devon House'' relates the tale of 1 of Devon's nice homes during the humans and occasions that experience colored its lifestyles during the last four hundred years. The booklet lines the architectural development of Poltimore from Tudor manor to grand twentieth century mansion, files its old function in England's tempestuous Civil conflict and info its use after 1920 as first a faculty after which a health center. it is going to entice all those that knew the home and property in a private means long ago, those that have visited it because the formation of Poltimore residence belief in 2000 and the chums of Poltimore condo in 2003, and people drawn to the conservation and regeneration of historical structures.
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Extra info for A Devon House: The Story Of Poltimore
The grandeur of Edwardian aristocratic life at Poltimore House ended with the outbreak of war in 1914. Men went from the village to ﬁght; twelve lost their lives and are commemorated on a plaque inside the church—amongst them these names well known in Poltimore: Victor Turton (Leicestershire Regiment), Arthur Pugsley (Devons) and Charles, Francis and Frank Westcott, all of the Devon Regiment and who may all have come from the same family. The number of lives lost in the First World War is in stark contrast to the one casualty sustained between 1939 and 1945— Thomas Tozer RAFVR, of Hayes Barton, who was killed in 1942.
Sir Hardress Waller, Col. Lambert, Col. Edward Harley, Col. ’ As it turned out only Robert Walker and Thomas Knott from the Royalist side rode out from the city with Sir John Berkeley and his ofﬁcers, Sir Henry Berkeley, Sir George Parry, Colonel Ashburnham, Colonel Godolphin and Captain FitzGerald. ) It is tempting to try and imagine the scene at Poltimore when the little band of King’s men from Exeter with their swords and plumed hats dismounted from their horses and entered the great hall of the house to begin the lengthy discussions.
Another admirer of Bampfylde was the poet Robert Southey who may well have been the observer of his poor young contemporary as being ‘craz’d with care or ‘coss’d in hapless love’, a state of affairs which continued until 1778 when, on arrival in London he fell in love with Reynolds’s niece, Mary Palmer. This affection was either not reciprocated, or else it was stopped from getting anywhere by Sir Joshua himself. ’ 28 ABOVE George Huddesford (L) and John Codrington Bampfylde. A double portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1779.