In 1893, "Mr Henry Roger Keane Oakley" became the owner of the Dewstow Estate. Henry Oakley, or Squire Oakley as he was known locally was a director on the Great Western Railway (GWR), but at home, he had two main interests. The first was the breeding of Shire Horses for which he established a reputation for his Horses which were all names with the prefix of "Dewstow"
His other main interest was the growing and cultivation of Ferns, Tropical Flowers and Plants. Shortly after his arrival at Dewstow, he embarked on the creation of a Garden which is remembered by some of the older generation in the area as a wondrous and magical place.
This was a garden, the like of which is not known to exist anywhere else. On the ground level, there were many Rock Gardens, Ponds, Water features, Ornamental areas, Tropical Glass Houses and a vast variety of Plants, Shrubs and Trees from around the world. These were Spectacular, but not unique.