Clevedon Court :: Shared Description
Grade I Listed in 1952 the house was purchased by Abraham Elton in 1709 and it is still the family home of his descendants today. It was built by Sir John Clevedon in the 14th century and included a late 13th century tower. Alterations in the late medieval period include a new west wing by John Wake about 1570. There were further alterations in 1717 after a period of near disuse and again in the 1761/88 period the west front was rebuilt only to be altered again in 1862 by Sir Arthur Elton. C E Davis rebuilt after a fire in 1882 that destroyed much of the western end of the house but he retained many of the remaining parts of the original 14th century house and medieval hall. Ironically Sir Edmund Elton an enthusiastic voluntary fireman and inventor of one of the first forked bicycle brakes, as well as a device to prevent ladies' skirts from becoming entangled in bicycle wheels inherited the estate and title in 1883. The house was acquired by the Nation in lieu of death duties and was given to the National Trust in part-payment of death duties in 1960. Immediately the Victorian west wing was demolished as were a plethora of minor 18th and 19th century buildings at the rear.
Selection is automatic and approximate, it might not always select closely matching descriptions
5 images use this description:
These Shared Descriptions
are common to multiple images. For example, you can create a generic description for an object shown in a photo, and reuse the description on all photos of the object. All descriptions are public and shared between contributors, i.e. you can reuse a description created by others, just as they can use yours.
Created: Sun, 29 Apr 2012, Updated: Sun, 29 Apr 2012
The 'Shared Description' text on this page is Copyright 2012 Jo Turner, however it is specifically licensed so that contributors can reuse it on their own images without restriction.