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Hestercombe House and gardens, near Taunton: the 'Witch House'

RIBA Ref No RIBA151302
Architect/DesignerBampfylde, Coplestone Warre (1720-1791)
Lutyens, Sir Edwin Landseer (1869-1944)
Jekyll, Gertrude (1843-1932)
Artist/PhotographerCharles, Martin (1940-2012)
CountryUK: England
CityTaunton
Subject Date1900
Image Date1998
ViewExterior | Interior
MediumNegative
Library ReferenceMC R 210998
OrientationPortrait
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditMartin Charles / RIBA Collections
SubjectCountry houses ; Garden buildings ; Thatch ; Gardens
NOTES: The house dates back to the 17th century but was extensively remodelled in the 18th and 19th centuries. But the house is famous for its gardens. First landscaped in the 1750s by the then owner Coplestone Warre Bampfylde, a landscape designer and amateur painter. Then in 1904, Lutyens with Jekyll responsible for the planting created one of his largest single garden designs, creating a series of paved terraces, raised walks and water features and a grand Orangery of 1906-1908. The 'Witch House' was recreated from photographs in the 20th century.
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