Poltimore House (Buildings Section)
9 May 2018 at 10:00 am
A visit to Poltimore House. It is designated a Grade II* listed building and was a finalist in the BBC Restoration programme. The Manor of Poltimore was acquired by the Bampfyldes in 1303 and remained their home until 1921. At the front Poltimore House appears to be an 18th century country house. However the earliest part of the house dates from the late 1500s and it was enlarged and altered over the centuries. It is believed that the Treaty of Exeter was negotiated here in 1646. Having been use as a school and hospital in the second half of the 20th century, it then fell into disrepair and was badly vandalised. Volunteers are working to restore it for an appropriate purpose.
10.00 Meet in Poltimore House Chapel for refreshments.
10.30 Talk by Rikky Apps about the history and architecture of the house.
11.30 Guided tour of Poltimore House.
12.30 Buffet lunch in Poltimore House Chapel.
2.15 Talk by Ted Hitchings of the Poltimore Estate Research Society about ‘Poltimore Park and Farms 1830 – 1920’, followed by a short walk to the rear of the present building to see the outline of a possible Dutch Water Garden and other features found during a recent archaeological study.
3.30 Gather in Poltimore House Chapel for refreshments.
The cost of the event includes the morning & afternoon refreshments and buffet lunch.
Contact the organiser for booking details and directions.
Note that many of the properties visited by the Buildings Section have limited capacity so we are obliged to restrict the numbers accepted on any visit. Bookings are taken in order of receipt and Section members (not including friends & spouses) are given priority.