The Grange, Broadhembury

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The Grange, Broadhembury, west front in 2006

The Grange is a historic estate in the parish of Broadhembury in Devon, England. The surviving 16th-century mansion house (known as The Grange) is listed Grade I on the National Heritage List for England. [1]



The Grange estate served originally as the grange of nearby Dunkeswell Abbey, the lands of which were sold off by the Crown following the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The manor of Broadhembury was amongst these possessions and was acquired from the Crown by Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton (1505-1550), whose grandson sold it to Edward Drew (c.1542–1598). [2] Edward Drew (c.1542–1598) [3] later purchased the manor of Broadhembury including the lands and buildings of the grange of Dunkeswell Abbey.

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The Grange; detail from 1800 Swete watercolour

Arthur Charles Edward Locke, of Northmoor, eldest son of Adèle Caroline Drewe (d.1895) sold the Grange estate in 1903. [4] [5]

At some time before 1927 [6] the 17th-century carved and highly decorative oak panelling of the room in the south crosswing was purchased by the art dealer "Charles of London" (Charles Duveen, younger brother of Joseph Duveen) and was shipped to its New York showroom where it was purchased by the tycoon William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) who placed it in warehouse storage together with many other such purchases. [7] In 1943/4 it was purchased by Dr Preston Pope Satterwhite of Louisville, Kentucky (a friend of Mrs J.B. Speed) [8] who donated it to the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. [9] [1] In 1943 it was reassembled in the museum as a slightly longer room, called "The English Renaissance Room", but reopened in March 2016 after substantial refurbishment in its original proportions. [10]

In the late 1990s, The Grange house was purchased by Ben Andersen. [11] The gardens of The Grange were featured in the 2017 book The Secret Gardeners by Victoria Summerley and photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas. [12]

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  1. 1 2 Historic England, "Grange (1098064)", National Heritage List for England , retrieved 8 November 2017
  2. Pole, p.182
  3. Date of death 1598 per History of Parliament biography ; Prince stated him to have died in 1622, p.337, apparently in error
  4. Punchard
  5. Devon Record Office, DRO 547B/188, sale particulars 1903
  6. Listed in Charles of London catalogue, 1927, per
  7. The William Randolph Hearst Archive: An Emerging Opportunity for Digital Art Research and Scholarship, Catherine Larkin, Long Island University, pp.1-2
  8. Kentucky New Era newspaper, Thursday 11 July, p.58
  9. Harris, John, Moving Rooms: the Trade in Architectural Salvages, London, 2007, p.24
  10. Louisville Courier-Journal online newspaper, February 5, 2016
  11. Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, whose members were invited to view the Grange by Kirstie Allsopp on 29 August 2009
  12. Summerley and Rittson Thomas, 2017, p. 12

Coordinates: 50°49′49″N3°17′22″W / 50.8303°N 3.2895°W / 50.8303; -3.2895