Stowford Leat – Ivybridge, Devon.

Client : Private.

We were asked to build a retaining wall to form a new rear entrance to Stowford Lodge in Ivybridge, Devon. The retaining wall was built over vaulted cellars that used to service the main house.

Stowford Leat

The Dartmoor granite used for the walling came from existing walls on site that were demolished to make way for the new entrance as the large house was now divided into two properties, with the new property being called 'Stowford Leat'.

Stowford Leat
Stowford Leat
Stowford Leat

The new walls were built using a traditional lime mortar and matched the existing walls surrounding this Grade II listed Italianate Victorian Villa.

Stowford Leat

An old restored post box was sourced and built into the new walls.

Stowford Leat
Stowford Leat
Stowford Leat

The original house was commissioned by John Allen the owner of Stowford Paper Mill in 1857 which became responsible for the population growth in Ivybridge during the 'Industrial Revolution' and at one time produced the paper for all postage stamps in Great Britain. Now owned by Arjowiggins, the company have announced the closure of Stowford Mill in 2014 and in doing so will end 150 years of paper making in Ivybridge.