History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
In a roundabout way Knightshayes owes its existence to a riot. In 1816 labourers at the world's largest lace manufacturing plant in Loughborough rioted and broke factory machines. The Heathcoat family, owners of the factory, decided to move the business to Devon, and settled in Tiverton. Some workers still loyal to the Heathcoat family - and keen to keep their jobs - walked all the way from Loughborough to Devon.
Knightshayes is one of the rare surviving examples of work by Burges, who was also responsible for Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch. Burges was a peculiar character who first trained as an engineer before turning to architecture. He was heavily influenced by French Gothic style, and his work is very much in the mode of Gothic Revival.
One room is set aside with old photographs and memorabilia relating to Joyce Wethered, one of the most successful golfers between the wars, who married Sir John's grandson.
Knightshayes Garden is one of the most enjoyable in Devon. A landscape of woodland and carefully arranged plantings of flowering shrubs create a place of ever-changing vistas. There are a variety of amusing animal topiary and clipped hedges, spring bulbs, rare shrubs, a lily pool and excellent seasonal colours throughout. There are enjoyable walks through the mature woodlands surrounding the house.
About Knightshayes Court
Address: Bolham, Tiverton, Devon, England, EX16 7RQ
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: 2 m N Tiverton, off A396
Website: Knightshayes Court
Phone: 01884 254665
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
OS: SS960 151
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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