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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Castle Drogo Devon

Castle Drogo, Chagford, DevonCastle Drogo, near Chagford in Dartmoor, was the last castle to be built in England.
Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who built much of British New Delhi, and the Cenotaph in London, Castle Drogo was constructed between 1911-1931.

Now a Grade 1 listed building administered by the National Trust, Lutyens designed the granite castle as a country home for millionaire Julius Drewe, who had made his fortune from his empire of general food stores.
The design is based on Tudor and medieval castles with the interior done out in the luxury style of the day. The lovely gardens were planted by Getrude Jekyll and there are spectacular views over Dartmoor and the Teign Gorge from the woods.

Castle Drogo
Tel: 01647 433306

Chagford, with a population of about 1500, is a typical Devon moor town with ye olde worlde cottages, a mix of traditional and New Age shops and four excellent pubs. The town is also associated with the 1960s political scandal involving the leader of the Liberal Party at the time, Jeremy Thorpe, and his alleged relationship with Norman "Bunny" Scott, who lived in Chagford for a time.

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