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Arlington Court

Arlington Court Arlington Court was built for Colonel John Chichester in 1820-3 by the Barnstaple architect Thomas Lee. The Neo-classical exterior is dominated by a single-storey Greek Doric porch. This austere façade belies its warm and sumptuous interiors, several of which were decorated in the late 1830s by John Crace and bear evidence of the influence of Sir John Soane. This is especially apparent in the anteroom with its shallow dome, segmental arches and mirrored panels. The morning room, ante room and drawing room on the south front have sliding screens that, when closed, form one long tripartite gallery.The ceilings feature delicate neoclassical plasterwork and the morning room retains original wallpaper from the 1830s. National Trust Carriage Museum Arlington is also home to one of the country's foremost carriage museums housing a representative range of carriage types. The museum is housed in the original stable block built for Sir Bruce Chichester in 1864.

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Address:
Arlington,
near Barnstaple,
Devon,
England,
EX31 4LP

Telephone: 01271 850296

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court

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Arlington Court, National Trust Carriage Museum, Devon (Accredited Museum)

This collection has 982 items online

The National Trust Carriage Museum cares for the most representative collection of British carriages in the country. The collection is comprised of over 40 vehicles from the 19th- and 20th-century, ranging from a glass hearse, to the Marquis of Bute’s invalid carriage, to the Earl of Craven's State Chariot. Although none of the carriages displayed at Arlington Court belonged to the Chichester family, three are from other National Trust properties.

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Arlington Court, Devon (Accredited Museum)

This collection has 3,937 items online

The eclectic collection at Arlington Court tells the story of a family who lived on the estate for more than 600 years. The Chichester family travelled extensively and amassed many of their treasures along the way. The collection includes family portraits, many still-life paintings executed by Rosalie Chichester (the last owner of Arlington Court and the most noted contributor to its collection), an important watercolour of an Old Testament scene by William Blake and a 13th-century Flemish Paslter of makor importance. Arlington Court also houses Rosalie Chichester’s significant collection of rare shells, model ships and pewter.

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