Castle Drogo,  Drewsteignton,  Devon
20th century

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Click on photos to enlarge. They are arranged as a circuit of the house from the approach on the north, around the west, south and east. Notes in italics from Devon by Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner (1989) Yale University Press, New Haven and London.

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1910-30 by Sir Edwin Lutyens for Julius Drewe, successful tea merchant and founder of the Home and Colonial Stores, who retired early to establish himself as a country gentleman. A C20 baronial stronghold, spectacularly sited on a granite outcrop above the Teign gorge on the edge of Dartmoor ... It is one of Lutyens' most romantic buildings, medieval in spirit, although not in detail ... The exterior detail is minimal Tudor: mullioned-and-transomed windows without dripstones set in vast expanses of sheer ashlar walling of local granite, carried up without interruption to an irregular crenellated parapet. Only the entrance is a little less austere, with moulded plinths to the polygonal corner turrets, and a corbelled-out central oriel with a large and striking relief of the Drewe lion below the window.

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The foundations for the the unbuilt great hall in the S wing were used for the chapel, en effectively cave-like space with a polygonal-ended sunken chancel, lit by slit windows (first picture in bottom row).

The interior also has plenty of exposed granite. ... The planning is complex, because the two ranges, as well as being at an odd angle to each other, are on different levels ... This gave Lutyens plenty of scope for unexpected spatial effects in the handling of the circulation areas ... (Regrettably no pictures, photography not being allowed inside by the National Trust).



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