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Re my last, this is the view when you first approach this castle!!!

See last photo re these gardens.

This is the best shot I could get of this castle as it was a building site with cranes and all manner of builders at work. This is a country house and castle near Drewsteignton. It was built from 1911 to 1930 and is a Grade 1 listed building. It was the last castle built in England and is undergoing a five-year conversion project to finally make it watertight!!! The gardens are Grade II listed in the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. Of the six castles we saw this was easily the most disappointing, and expensive, and a devil to get to! At least from the direction we came from!!!

Fallow Deer have been roaming the parklands of England for centuries and this lot are part of the Powderham herd of around 500 at the castle on the River Exe. They can of course be culled and butchered for venison and will even help the occupants of the castle survive a siege! That at least is the experience of the ancestors of the Earl of Devon who have managed the herd for 300 years! During the English Civil War when Cromwell's army laid siege to the Royalist-supporting castle for months on end the occupants survived by reportedly eating the deer! I would have thought Cromwell's lot would have got to them first! Venison burgers anyone!!! Anyway I have never tried bambi-burgers!!!

Didn't go too near these beasties as I know what they are capable of with cygnets in tow!

The rear of the castle and the gardens and the chapel is just out of view on the left.

This is a fortified manor house situated in the parish and former manor of Powderham. It is a Grade 1 listed building. It is situated on marshy ground on the west bank of the River Exe estuary where it is joined by its tributary the River Kenn. The castle was expanded and altered extensively in the 18th and 19th cenrury most notably by James Wyatt in the 1790s. The castle remains the seat of the Courtenay family, Earls of Devon. The current Earl is Charles Courtenay 19th Earl of Devon born 1975. He is the son of the 18th Earl and a practising barrister, and he resides at the castle with his wife and two children.

This took us back to Paignton. She is a GWR 4575 Class No 5542 and was built in 1928. It was first allocated to Gloucester entering service on 2nd August 1928. Over the next 33 years it was based at Bristol, Taunton and Newton Abbot and was transferred to Westbury in 1957. It spent 14 years in Barry scrapyard before being acquired privately.

See previous for the Kingswear Ferry! We got off and joined this queue to get back on!!!

This was built at Swindon works in 1920. It is a GWR 4200 Class No 4277 and has carried the name Hercules. In 1948 it passed into British Railway ownership in 1948 and spent most of its working life in South Wales on freight trains and was withdrawn in 1964 from Aberbeeg shed. It remained in a scrapyard in Barry until 1986 when it was privately purchased. In 2008 it was sold to the Dartmouth Steam Railway and painted in GWR Brunswick Green livery. On 1st August 2008 it was named Hercules and this nameplate is located on the smokebox. These nameplates are historically inauthentic for this locomotive. The name Hercules has been carried by two previous GWR locomotives. Anyway Hercules took us from Paignton to Kingswear! Woo woo!


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