Powderham Castle

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Powderham Castle is a fortified manor house situated within the parish and former manor of Powderham, within the former hundred of Exminster, Devon, about 6 mi south of the city of Exeter and 1⁄4 mile (0.4 km) north-east of the village of Kenton, where the main public entrance gates are located.wikipedia
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Manor of Powderham

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Powderham Castle is a fortified manor house situated within the parish and former manor of Powderham, within the former hundred of Exminster, Devon, about 6 mi south of the city of Exeter and 1⁄4 mile (0.4 km) north-east of the village of Kenton, where the main public entrance gates are located.
It consists in part of flat, formerly marshy ground on the west bank of the River Exe estuary where it is joined by its tributary the River Kenn, the site of Powderham Castle, originally the fortified manor house of Powderham.

Earl of Devon

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The castle remains the seat of the Courtenay family, Earls of Devon.
Their seat is Powderham Castle, near Starcross on the River Exe.

Kenton, Devon

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Powderham Castle is a fortified manor house situated within the parish and former manor of Powderham, within the former hundred of Exminster, Devon, about 6 mi south of the city of Exeter and 1⁄4 mile (0.4 km) north-east of the village of Kenton, where the main public entrance gates are located.
It has two restaurants, a pub, two hairdressers, a primary school, a mediaeval church and is near Powderham Castle.

Hugh de Courtenay, 2nd/10th Earl of Devon

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1406), the 5th or 6th son of Hugh Courtenay, 2nd Earl of Devon (d.
By his marriage to Margaret de Bohun in 1325, Courtenay acquired the manor of Powderham; it was later granted by Margaret de Bohun to one of her younger sons, Sir Philip Courtenay (died 1406), whose family has occupied it until the present day, and who were recognised in 1831 as having been de jure Earls of Devon from 1556.

Sir William Courtenay, 2nd Baronet

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The castle was badly damaged in the assault and remained, in places, open to the elements until the early 1700s when it was repaired by Sir William Courtenay, 2nd Baronet (d.
Sir William Courtenay, 2nd Baronet (11 March 1676 – 6 October 1735) of Powderham Castle, Powderham, Devon, was an English landowner, a leading member of the Devonshire gentry and Tory politician who sat in the English House of Commons from 1701 to 1707 and in the British House of Commons almost continually from 1707 to 1735.

William Courtenay, 9th Earl of Devon

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The spectacular Music Room, designed by James Wyatt in 1788 for the flamboyant 3rd Viscount of Devon, has an Axminster carpet made in about 1798 by Thomas Whitty of the original Axminster Carpets Ltd.
He was responsible for the addition of a new Music Room at Powderham Castle, designed by James Wyatt, which included a carpet made by the newly formed Axminster Carpet Company.

James Wyatt

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The spectacular Music Room, designed by James Wyatt in 1788 for the flamboyant 3rd Viscount of Devon, has an Axminster carpet made in about 1798 by Thomas Whitty of the original Axminster Carpets Ltd. The castle was expanded and altered extensively in the 18th and 19th centuries, most notably by James Wyatt in the 1790s.

Robert Hammond (Roundhead)

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In December 1645 a Parliamentarian detachment under the command of Sir Thomas Fairfax tried, without initial success, to capture it but it fell on 25 January 1646 to Col. Robert Hammond.
He took part in the storming of Bristol and Dartmouth and in the battle of Torrington, and captured Powderham Castle and St. Michael's Mount.

Thomas de Courtenay, 5th/13th Earl of Devon

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On 3 November 1455 Thomas de Courtenay, 5th Earl of Devon (1414–1458), at the head of a private army of 1,000 men, seized control of Exeter and its castle and laid siege to Powderham for two months.
Powderham Castle, home to the earl's estranged cousin, Sir Philip Courtenay (d.

Axminster Carpets

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The spectacular Music Room, designed by James Wyatt in 1788 for the flamboyant 3rd Viscount of Devon, has an Axminster carpet made in about 1798 by Thomas Whitty of the original Axminster Carpets Ltd.
The company produced Axminster carpets for: the music room of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton; Chatsworth House; Powderham Castle; Saltram House; and Warwick Castle.

Hugh Courtenay, 18th Earl of Devon

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The castle's licence to host wedding ceremonies was revoked with effect from 1 January 2009 after Hugh Courtenay, 18th Earl of Devon, refused a gay couple use of the building to hold their civil partnership ceremony because it did not fit with his religious beliefs.
Hugh Rupert Courtenay, 18th Earl of Devon, DL (5 May 1942 – 18 August 2015), styled as Lord Courtenay until 1998, of Powderham Castle in Devon, was a British peer, landowner, and surveyor.

Kentwell Hall

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A further copy of the Courtenay Exeter Bishop's Palace chimneypiece can be found, in Italian grey marble, at Kentwell Hall in Suffolk, bearing the arms of the Clopton and Logan families.
Another copy made c.1860 exists in the Dining Room of Powderham Castle, Devon.

William Courtenay, 10th Earl of Devon

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He stayed in post until May 1835, when he succeeded his second cousin as 10th Earl of Devon, as well as inheriting Powderham Castle in Devon and estates in Ireland.

William Bonville, 1st Baron Bonville

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1485) married Margaret Bonville, daughter of William Bonville, 1st Baron Bonville (1392–1461), which confirmed Powderham as a Bonville stronghold against the Earls of Devon.
He may also have been attempting to draw the Earl out of the city of Exeter, which Courtenay had been occupying for over a fortnight, or to distract him from his siege of Powderham Castle, which Bonville had already twice attempted unsuccessfully to lift.

Churchill: The Hollywood Years

The house was also used as a setting for a recent film comedy, Churchill: The Hollywood Years.

Riffs (album)

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Rock band Status Quo played a concert at Powderham Castle in 2003, in support of their Riffs album.
The booklet includes studio (non-performing) pictures of the group taken at Powderham Castle, Devon, where they played a gig shortly before completing the album.

Charles Fowler

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The gatehouse was built between 1845–47 to a design by Charles Fowler.
He was employed by Sir Ralph Lopes, the Bishop of Exeter, and the Courtenay family for whom he executed considerable alterations and additions to Powderham Castle.

William Courtenay, 11th Earl of Devon

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He died at his seat of Powderham Castle in November 1888, at 81.

The Remains of the Day (film)

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The staircase, hall, music room and master bedroom of the house were used as locations for the 1993 film The Remains of the Day.
Among them were Dyrham Park for the exterior of the house and the driveway, Powderham Castle (staircase, hall, music room, bedroom; used for the aqua-turquoise stairway scenes), Corsham Court (library and dining room) and Badminton House (servants' quarters, conservatory, entrance hall).

William Stumbels

Contents of the room include a 14 ft high longcase clock made about 1745 by William Stumbels of Totnes; a large 17th-century Brussels tapestry with rustic farm-yard scenery after Teniers above the fireplace; and a 1553 carved wooden over-mantel decorated with the Courtenay arms.
A 14 foot high longcase clock made by him between 1743 and 1747, for which he charged £105, can be seen in the Marble Hall of Powderham Castle.

Mary Berry

In 2017 Mary Berry visited and filmed an hour long programme as part of her 4 part series, Mary Berry's Country House Secrets, broadcast on BBC One.
The locations included Highclere Castle, Scone Palace, Powderham Castle and Goodwood House.

Historic Houses Association

Powderham Castle features as the photographic location of the rebranding of the Historic Houses Association in 2018.

Charles Courtenay, 19th Earl of Devon

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Subsequently, the Earl handed control of the estate to his son, Charles, Lord Courtenay, now the 19th Earl of Devon.
He and his family now reside at the family's ancestral home of Powderham Castle in Devon, England.

Turnaround Tour

On 2 August 2004, Irish vocal pop band Westlife held a concert for their Turnaround Tour supporting their album Turnaround.