Sandridge Park

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Not to be confused with the Sandridge Park, a villa built around 1850 near Melksham, Wiltshire which was for a time a headquarters of General Dwight D. Eisenhower during the Second World War and is now open as a hotel.
Sandridge Park

Sandridge Park, near Stoke Gabriel, Devon, is an English country house in the Italianate style, designed by John Nash around 1805[1] for the Dowager Lady Ashburton, née Elizabeth Baring, the wife of John Dunning, 1st Baron Ashburton. It is a Grade II* listed building.[2]

It is considered to be a late intimation of Nash's development of the Italianate style. Commissioned by the dowager Lady Ashburton as a country retreat, this small country house clearly shows the transition between the picturesque of William Gilpin and Nash's yet to be fully evolved Italianism. While this house can still be described as Regency, its informal asymmetrical plan together with its loggias and balconies of both stone and wrought iron; tower and low pitched roof clearly are very similar to the fully Italianate design of Cronkhill.[3]

Sandridge, on high ground at the head of the River Dart estuary, was held by the Sandridges under the Bishop of Exeter in Henry II's reign. Captain John Davis, the great Elizabethan navigator and explorer, was probably born at Sandridge Barton, the manor farm, in 1543. The Nash house took the place of the former house, which had belonged to the descendants of Sir Thomas Pomeroy until the eighteenth century.[4] "Gilbert, Esq." was the owner in 1763; it was unoccupied in 1951, "the park ragged and decaying".[5] Restoration included preservation of the existing fabric and the addition of pergolas to the east and west of the existing building. The work was awarded the Highly Commended, Single Dwelling Category Architect of the Year Awards 2006.[6]


  1. ^ A design was exhibited by Nash at the Royal Academy exhibition, 1805. (Colvin)
  2. ^ "Sandridge Park". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Sandridge, Paignton, England". Parks and Gardens UK. Parks and Gardens Data Services Ltd. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Pomeroy family in Devon
  5. ^ W. G. Hoskins, Devon (1954), quoted at
  6. ^ "Stoke Gabriel". McLean Qunlan. Retrieved 14 August 2016. 


Coordinates: 50°23′50″N 3°36′19″W / 50.3971°N 3.6054°W / 50.3971; -3.6054