Roots visit Castle Drogo

, Subject : Inspiration

Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, Devon, Photo by Roots Design WorkshopRoots recently visited Castle Drogo, in Drewsteignton, Devon.

Castle Drogo was designed by Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens for Julius Drew, founder of Home and Colonial Stores, and was built from 1911 to 1930.  It was conceived to be the ancestral home of the Drew family, and is often referred to as the ‘last castle of England.’*

Chris of Roots commented, ‘Castle Drogo is a stately home, a cathedral, and a castle all in one, so quite a building!  Despite its scale, and being built entirely from granite, it isn’t intimidating, harsh or cold.  Quite the opposite in fact. Lutyens is one of my favourite architects.  He makes every space count.  I remember sitting down to read a book in the corridor of his Lindsfarne castle, rather than the main public spaces, and here we sat down to lunch in the stairwell!  On both occasions because the spaces were personal, comfortable and welcoming giant water slide.

The building is currently undergoing renovation work, and as part of this the National Trust have referred back to the original construction work. They have hung copies of correspondence between the Client, Architect and Contractor.  It is a fascinating insight into how the building was conceived and delivered, and the relationship between the men.’

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* Information from National Trust.

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