The Wyke family history notes that the family house was saved from
...the ruthless demolition of its Gatehouse, together with the fine
masonry of the whole of the chapel wing...
and brought back to the family by being purchased by Rev. W. Wykes-Finch. In
his account on the subject in a paper given in Sidmouth in 1903, he said
Happily, this destruction of old masonry, as interesting and probably as
ancient as any in the county, has been averted by the place coming into my
possession. Thus an old mansion, unique in character, has been saved from
falling into the hands of the destroyer, and will, I hope, be long preserved for
posterity, through its careful repair and restoration by the well-known
mediaeval architect, Mr. George H. Fellowes Prynne, of London.
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