Powderham Castle, is located
south of Exeter, Devon, England.
Powderham Estate, in which it is set, runs down to the western
shores of the estuary of the River Exe
between the villages of Kenton and Starcross.
Master of foxhounds leads the field
from Powderham Castle in Devon, England, with the hounds in
The castle was built between 1390 and 1420 by Sir Philip Courtenay
. The Castle remains in the
hands of his descendant, the Earl of
. It was extensively altered in both the 18th and 19th
centuries, most notably by James Wyatt
in the 1790s.
It was used as a location in shooting the film The Remains of the Day
It was also used for a recent film comedy, Churchill: The Hollywood
A female tortoise named Timothy
lived on the Powderham castle grounds until her death in 2004.
Having lived for around 165 years, she was the oldest resident of
Great Britain up to that time.
Contravention of the Equality Act 2006
In May 2008 Lord
reportedly said the requests for gay civil partnerships
at Powderham Castle
clashed with his religious beliefs. Devon County Council
has said the licence for hosting civil ceremonies will be revoked.
County solicitor Roger Gash said that providers of civil ceremonies
could not legally treat people unfairly according to their sexual
orientation. He said in an e-mail to Lord Devon: "It seems to me
that your refusal to accept civil partnership ceremonies amounts to
such discrimination and that this leaves the county council with no
option but to revoke the licence for the castle." The castle will
be unable to host civil ceremonies from 1 January 2009.