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Dartington Hall

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“I don't divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one”
(Luis Barragan)

Afternoon light falls upon the terraced gardens and buildings at Dartington Hall in South Devon. This was photographed in early December, with late autumnal hues still in evidence.

The site on which Dartington Hall stands has been continuously occupied for well over a thousand years.

Written records do not begin until the thirteenth century, but there is evidence of considerable activity in the area during the Roman occupation and the manor of Dartington is mentioned in a Royal Charter of 833 AD.

In 1348 the manor reverted to the Crown, and in 1384 Richard II granted it to his half-brother John Holand. Soon afterwards Holand became an Earl and during the following two decades he made Dartington Hall into a great country house, laying out new buildings in the form of a huge double quadrangle, covering almost an acre.

In 1925 the remaining 800-acre estate was bought by Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst, to become the basis of their joint venture in rural regeneration. When the Elmhirsts bought the estate it was badly run down and much of the Hall was in ruins. During the first few years of their ownership of the Hall, the Elmhirsts spent much time and money restoring the estate and building new properties on it.

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