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Lifton Park

Statutory Designation: 

Lifton Park is listed Grade II.

West Devon
Grid ref: 
SX 38 84
Map no: 
Landranger 201
Type of site: 
C19 parkland

The entrances to Lifton Park are marked by decorative Victorian Lodges; HomePark and South Lodge.  The large Gothic mansion was built in 1805 for William Arundel but suffered major damage after the war;the eight bay west entrance wing has been restored and the ruins have been stabilised.  The arboretum was laid out at the time and much still remains.  Rockeries and formal seating areas still exist within the woodland. White (1850) noted “…a handsome seat….encompassed by about 300 acres of lawn and woods, stretching to the Tamar valley and commanding delightful views.  Stockdale wrote “…very delightfully situated and commands an interesting prospect of the town of Launceston with its ancient castle, indeed no expense seems to have been spared to render the surrounding plantations containing about 8000 acres. It is shown on the 1907 OS as having parkland with a fishpond south of the house, a rookery to the west, two pheasantries and Lifton Wood containing

Lodge but in separate ownership
Lifton Park
Conservation Area: 
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Nature Conservation Zone: 
Coastal Preservation Area: 
National Park: 
MapView plan, scale 1:3500 Ordnance Survey 2nd edition, 1907, scale 6” (WCSL sheet 86 SE) Getmapping aerial photograph 1:2500 Historic Maps c1880 scale 1:2500
Cherry & Pevsner: The Buildings of England – Devon, 1989: 536 T Gray: The Garden History of Devon, 1995: 140 T Gray: Devon Country Houses and Gardens Engraved Vol I, 2001: 199-20
on Devon Gazetteer