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|Title:||Bicton. Seat of the right honble Lord Rolle / J.Gendall delt.|
|Imprint:||[London] : [R.Ackermann]|
|Format:||Aquatint : col ; 119x185mm|
|Notes:||Repository of Arts no.25|
WSL: M SC0177|
|Coverage:||Devon . Bicton . Houses . Bicton House . From park . 1825|
Ackermann, Rudolf. The repository of arts magazine. 1810 - 1821. NUMB. CV. PLATE CCX.|
The seat of the late Denys Rolle, Esq. now of his son Lord Rolle, is situated twelve miles east of the city of Exeter, on the sea-coast between Exmouth and Sidmouth, in the county of Devon. It was originally in the possession of the ancient family of Denys; and by the marriage of Sir Henry Rolle with the daughter and coheiress of Sir Thomas Denys, it came into the Rolle family, with whom it remains to the present time.
The peculiar beauty of the situation of BICTON meets universal admiration: standing in the centre of a very extensive demesne, commanding a full view of the British Channel, where the frequent passing of fleets affords a pleasing variety to the scene. The park, in which the house stands, abounds with those marks of antiquity, venerable oak and beech trees, whose branches, from the natural luxuriance of the soil, spread to a vast extent. The ancient mansion was taken down by the late John Rolle Walter, Esq. and a handsome edifice begun to be erected in its room: this, however, he did not live to complete, dying in 1779, when it devolved to his brother, the above-named Denys Rolle, Esq. in whose possession it continued to receive many additional improvements. He also enlarged the parish church, which, though placed immediately adjoining the walks and pleasure-ground, is remarkable for the peaceful tranquillity of its appearance. In it is a monument, esteemed a fine piece of sculpture, to the memory of Denys Rolle, Esq. son of Sir Henry Rolle, erected by his widow, with the following inscription:
The remains of
The plans and improvements that been begun, the present Lord Rolle is completing, under the direction of the ingenious architect Mr. Wyatt.
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