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Arlington Court

  • Earlier Houses: An 18th century house, on a different site, was replaced by the current 19th century house.

    Built / Designed For: Colonel John Palmer Chichester

    House & Family History: Arlington, as seen today, is primarily the creation of Miss Rosalie Chichester, who lived here for 85 years, until her death in 1949. In the basement, from May to September, visitors can view Devon's largest colony of Lesser Horseshoe bats via the "batcam."

    Collections: Arlington contains model ships, tapestries, pewter, and shells, in addition to the National Trust's collection of horse-drawn carriages. A series of four tapestries at Arlington are particularly noteworthy; the set, known as "The Four Continents," was designed by Jean Jacques Francois Le Barbier the Elder in 1786 and were woven by De Menou at the Beauvais manufactory in France 1788-90 for the Controle General des Finances at Versailles. The tapestries were in Arlington Court when it was left to the trust by Rosalie Chichester.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The Arlington Court Estate encompasses 2,700 acres (at its height in the 1870s, the estate stood at 5,300 acres). The Stableblock houses one of the best collections of 19th century horse-drawn vehicles in the country. The 30-acre gardens are mostly informal, but include a small Victorian garden with conservatory and ornamental pond, leading to a partially restored walled kitchen garden.

  • Architect: John Meadows

    Date: Circa 1785
    Designed: First House (demolished)

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    Architect: Thomas Lee

    Date: 1820-23
    Designed: Second House for John Palmer Chichester

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  • Country Life: CLXIX, 1178, 1981. CLXX, 1327 [Carriage Collection], 1981.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pg. 649
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Royal Oak Newsletter, The
    Author: NA
    Year Published: NA
    Reference: Summer 2004, pg. 9
    Publisher: New York: The Royal Oak Foundation
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Magazine

    Title: Greek Revival, The
    Author: Crook, J. Mordaunt
    Year Published: 1995
    Publisher: London: John Murray
    ISBN: 0719554551
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade II*

  • Past Seat / Home of: Colonel John Palmer Chichester, 1820-23; Sir John Palmer Bruce Chichester, 1st Bt., 1823-51; Sir Alexander Palmer Bruce Chichester, 2nd Bt., 1851-81, Rosalie Chichester, 1881-1949; Chichester family here from the 18th century until 1949.

    Current Ownership Type: The National Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01271-850-296

    Fax: 01271-851-108

    Email: arlingtoncourt@nationaltrust.org.uk

    Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No