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Wembury House

In the civil parish of Wembury.
In the historic county of Devonshire.
Modern Authority of Devon.
1974 county of Devon.
Medieval County of Devon.

OS Map Grid Reference: SX53124920
Latitude 50.32408° Longitude -4.06486°

Wembury House has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.


Large wall possibly defensive which is all that survives of a late C16 mansion. Enormous rampart faced in stone rubble with granite dressings, with a grassed walk on top. The outer (west) revetment wall has buttresses with set-offs, and moulded saddle-back coping. Eastern side also buttressed but without stone coping. The eastern side has a flight of steps leading down to a lawn in front of the house. The current Wembury House was built on the site of a great mansion of Sir John Hele who bought the estate in 1592 and built what was reputedly an enormous house of which only this wall survives. It is said to have been a fortification against pirates because of its proximity to the coast. (Listed Building Report)

Wembury house. A medieval manor originally the property of Plympton Priory. A manor house was not built till 1591. By 1797 building was a ruin and present house was built on the site in 1803 (Evans).
The site of a medieval manor that was in ecclesiastical possession down to the dissolution (Reichel).
Country house in landscaped garden, built on the site of a late 16th century house, 1803 built for sir Thomas Lockyear. Two storeys, attic and ashlar basement. Slate hipped roof. Sash windows with moulded architraves. Retains many original features (DOE). The Elizabethan manor has a deer park and a huge fishpond still visible below the house but not on trust property.(National Trust). (Devon and Dartmoor HER)
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