Devon Historic Buildings Trust (DHBT)
The charity’s object and its principle activity continues to be to preserve for the benefit of the people of the County of Devon and of the nation at large historical, architectural and constructional heritage within the County in the form of buildings of particular beauty or historical, architectural, or constructional interest, or ancient monuments. As part of our remit we seek long terms viable occupiers to ensure the longevity of the buildings.
When planning activities the Trustees consider the Charity Commission’s guidance on public benefit and in particular, the specific guidance on charities for the advancement of the arts, culture, heritage or science.
Buildings currently in our portfolio
Haldon Belvedere (Lawrence Castle), Dunchideock, near Exeter:
In 1992 it was in such a poor state that it was uninhabitable. The Trust took over in 1993 and completed a restoration that has renovated all three floors and found a use that will guarantee its life well into the future. In this work it has been assisted by an English Heritage grant. Great craftsmanship has been required to restore the challenging and partially destroyed 17th century fabric.
The Belvedere remains an important part of the DHBT activities. The Trust leases the castle and part of the grounds and has a long term commitment to maintain them, and keep them open to the public. The business of running weddings and functions from the castle and the occupation of the apartment by self catering visitors is the main source of income to fund the maintenance of the building and grounds.
Former Police Station and Magistrate’s Court, Tavistock
With the change in Policing policies the Police Station and Magistrate’s Court which was owned with the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary became redundant and came into the ownership of the Trust in 2011. The complex group of Grade II* buildings which forms part of a Grade I group is located on the Scheduled Ancient Monument of the former Abbey of Tavistock. The Magistrate’s Court historically was the Guildhall and contains the prototype layout for the 19th century courts subsequently used at the Old Bailey. The Police Station was the first purposed built station in Devon commissioned due to the continued problems with the miners from the many mines in the area. The Trust has moved ownership of this property to Tavistock Town Council for long term restoration.