John Trevilian, of Nettlecombe Court (1556 - 1623) MP

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Nicknames: "Trevillian", "Trevelian", "Trevilion", "Trevillian or very rarely Trevilyan"
Birthplace: Nettlecombe Court, Somerset, England
Death: Died in Somerset, England
Managed by: Christopher Lee Empey
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About John Trevilian, of Nettlecombe Court

Spouse: Urith CHICHESTER






Christopher TREVILLIAN






Nettlecombe Court has a late medieval hall, with the entrance front, porch, great hall and parlour added in 1599. Around 1641 there were further additions to rear of great hall, and between 1703 and 1707 the South West front was extended. It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building.[1]

As stated in "Nettlecombe Court" by R. J. E. Bush:

"Nettlecombe is first mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086, when it was stated to be held by William the Conquerer, and in the charge of his Sheriff for Somerset, William de Mohun." A family lineage published in Nettlecombe Court shows that the estate passed into the Trevelyan (Trevilian / Trevillian) family in 1452, upon the marriage of Elizabeth Whalesburgh to John Trevelyan.

It remained as a family estate in the Trevelyan family until the mid-nineteen hundreds.

Nettlecombe Court is a large country mansion in the English county of Somerset.

Nettlecombe Court was originally built as a manor house, becoming a girls' boarding school in the early 1960s. Since 1967 has been the Leonard Wills Field Centre run by the Field Studies Council. The house is surrounded by Nettlecombe Park, a 90.4 hectares (223 acres) Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Records suggest this site has been wood pasture or parkland for at least 400 years. There are some very old oak pollards which may be of this age or older. The oldest standard trees are over 200 years of age. The continuity of open woodland and parkland, with large mature and over-mature timber, has enabled characteristic species of epiphytic lichens and beetles to become established and persist. Many of these species are now nationally scarce because this type of habitat has been eliminated over large areas of Great Britain.

The house and park are set in a secluded valley on the northern fringes of the Brendon Hills, within the Exmoor National Park.


Sir John Trevelyan who was born in 1556, was largely concerned with the rebuilding of Nettlecombe such as we know it and such as our views represent it. For him, had been arranged in his boyhood, a marriage with a daughter of Sir John Chichester of Raleigh, near Barnstaple, whose fine tomb is in Pilton church, of delicately wrought motifs," as among the best designed of the monuments which rich Elizabethans set up in memory of their ancestors.

The marriage of John Trevelyan and Urith Chichester eventually took place, and she bore him ten children before she died in 1691. Her husband had for some time consoled himself with another wife before he began building operations at Nettlecombe.

The dates 1599 and 1601 appear on the fabric, but the work still went on, for in a letter to John Trevelyan from his cousin and correspondent, Richard Hill, dated October 22nd, 1602, the latter wishes him a "happy end to your buildings and longe continuance in injoyenge ye same to yor owne desiered comforts." Which was fulfilled, for John Trevelyan outlived both his wives and his eldest son, and died in 1623. As regards his rebuilding of Nettlecombe, it would be still more interesting if it were known how much of the old house he retained and incorporated. It may well be that the main structure of the Gothic hall was kept, for it is still entered through the porch to the screens, and the medieval positions for chimney and oriel are retained. But the wliuie was remodelled and something of classic symmetry was given to the extenor, of which the portion illustrated exhibits t:.e poich and the stately mullioning of Elizabethan times. Whether as an adaptation of old forms or as a completely new building, the hall was made consonant to its day, and instead of going up into the root was ceiled at the two-storey height, and elaborate plaster-work \\as introduced. It is an excellent example of the country craftsmanship of a time when the foreman pia-terer, and not the supervising architect, was responsible for I lie details. The w hole is pleasant and picturesque.

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Sir John Trevilian of Nettlecombe Court, 1556's Timeline

October 31, 1556
Somerset, England
March 4, 1587
Age 30
Somerset, England
May 15, 1591
Age 34
Nettlecomb, Somersetshire, England
April 24, 1592
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