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photoblog image A visit to Knightshayes

A visit to Knightshayes

Knightshayes Court is a Victorian country house near Tiverton, Devon, England, designed by William Burges for the Heathcoat-Amory family.  Nikolaus Pevsner describes it as "an eloquent expression of High Victorian ideals in a country house of moderate size."The house is Grade I listed. The gardens are Grade II* listed in the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

 

The fortunes of the Heathcoat-Amory family were founded in the early nineteenth century. John Heathcoat was born into a Derbyshire farming family in 1783.An inventor of genius, he designed and patented a machine that revolutionised the production of lace. His manufactory near Loughborough was destroyed by former Luddites paid by unknown persons in 1816, he then moved his basis of manufacture, and a large number of his workers, to Tiverton, Devon and there established a lace-works which, by the later part of the nineteenth century, was the largest lace-producing manufactory in the world.

By the late 19th century, the Heathcoat-Amory family owned much of the manufacturing and land around Tiverton, Sir John Heathcoat-Amory, 1st Baronet chose the site of Knightshayes, because from the site Sir John could see his factory in the distance, nestled in the Exe valley below.

A visit to Knightshayes

Knightshayes Court is a Victorian country house near Tiverton, Devon, England, designed by William Burges for the Heathcoat-Amory family.  Nikolaus Pevsner describes it as "an eloquent expression of High Victorian ideals in a country house of moderate size."The house is Grade I listed. The gardens are Grade II* listed in the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

 

The fortunes of the Heathcoat-Amory family were founded in the early nineteenth century. John Heathcoat was born into a Derbyshire farming family in 1783.An inventor of genius, he designed and patented a machine that revolutionised the production of lace. His manufactory near Loughborough was destroyed by former Luddites paid by unknown persons in 1816, he then moved his basis of manufacture, and a large number of his workers, to Tiverton, Devon and there established a lace-works which, by the later part of the nineteenth century, was the largest lace-producing manufactory in the world.

By the late 19th century, the Heathcoat-Amory family owned much of the manufacturing and land around Tiverton, Sir John Heathcoat-Amory, 1st Baronet chose the site of Knightshayes, because from the site Sir John could see his factory in the distance, nestled in the Exe valley below.

comments (15)

Magnifique maison bien mise en valeur avec ce beau jardin.
Bill Phillips: I agree totally Martine
  • Ray
  • Germany
  • 16 Sep 2019, 01:00
What an excellent presentation, Bill!
Bill Phillips: Pleased you like it Ray
my interpretation of "moderate size" was quite different, Bill grin i like the greenery all around.
Bill Phillips: Moderate is relative I suppose. compared with my house it is huge!!
It looks like it's in a lovely setting! Nice montage, Bill!
Bill Phillips: It is a fine house and in a lovely setting E
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Sep 2019, 06:27
Yet another place I must visit. This selection of snaps is a joy to see..
Bill Phillips: Not too far for you and well worth the effort.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Sep 2019, 06:36
a wonderful montage - so much to see!
Bill Phillips: A good place for a day out Philine
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 16 Sep 2019, 06:40
I always thought that the listing refers to all with the curtledges (however that’s spelt) of the property Bill.
Bill Phillips: Curtilage. (I looked it up) Apparently that is not so.
I can certainly see the attraction to this place, Bill!
Bill Phillips: And he could see his factory in the distance!
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 16 Sep 2019, 07:20
Photographs of 6 postcards that you picked up in the estate’s tourist shop.
Typical Victorian abode of successful Victorian entrepreneur who made so much money off the backs of the workers.
Bill Phillips: He invented a machine that revolutionised lace making. So the workers lost their jobs and rioted. He moved down to Devon and carried on happily. A bit like Dyson really
  • Astrid
  • Hollandshire.....
  • 16 Sep 2019, 07:52
This looks like a wonderful day out, Bill. Those majestic trees really make this place too. Right bottom shows also what a wonderful architecture.
Bill Phillips: It is a nice place. Kathryn was with us and she hadn't been before. We were on our way to see family who were staying in Sidmouth and bumped into her here on a trip with the coach party she was travelling with!
A fine looking house and gardens, Bill........looks like a good place to relax and enjoy the surroundings smile
Bill Phillips: Well worth a visit Martin
Did they steal that tree from Croome Court?
Bill Phillips: Hahaha Or cloned it?
A very fine set of pictures Bill, it looks a fine place to visit. This is partly some of the local history near to me, you might find this article of interest https://www.loughboroughecho.net/news/local-news/secret-heathcoat-tunnel-room-discovered-9797360
Bill Phillips: The link was very interesting Brian Thank you
Mmm - moderate size, eh? smile
Bill Phillips: A modest mansion grin
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 17 Sep 2019, 16:42
such a lovely collection

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