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 life over the last four hundred years. The e-book lines the architectural development of Poltimore from Tudor manor to grand twentieth century mansion, files its old function in England's tempestuous Civil warfare and info its use after 1920 as first a college after which a clinic. it is going to entice all those that knew the home and property in a private skill long ago, those that have visited it because the formation of Poltimore residence belief in 2000 and the buddies of Poltimore condo in 2003, and people drawn to the conservation and regeneration of historical constructions.
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Extra info for A Devon House: The Story Of Poltimore
Electric light was installed by Whippell & Rowe of Exeter, generated from batteries driven by two 25-hp Ruston Hornsby engines in the stables, and this source of lighting was still in use in 1945. Mains water was also brought from the city supply at Pinhoe and Lord Poltimore had this extended to the village. The ancient drain for sewage running under the house was replaced by a new external drain, although water continued to run through the original system which eventually found its way into the Clyst river.
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. Sir John Bampfylde and his wife, Gertrude Coplestone, had already received General Fairfax as their guest and now they were to play host to the enemy. The main hall on the north-east side of the house, the present Saloon, where the Treaty is thought to have been negotiated, would still have had its Elizabethan wainscotting and large chimneypiece.
From Ottery he pushed on across the River Exe, retook Dartmouth and then dashed into north Devon, defeating the Royalists in a never-to-be-forgotten battle at Great Torrington. After his victory at Torrington Fairfax galloped across the county to Exeter, then besieged by the Parliamentarians, and on arrival sent in a message to the Governor, Sir John Berkeley, inviting him to surrender in order to save the city from further bloodshed. Berkeley ﬁnally gave in and agreed to meet Fairfax, and in April 1646 asked for safe conduct for four of his nominees and six of his ofﬁcers.