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HER Number:MDV112283
Name:Parkland and Gardens at Wembury House


Parkland and gardens at Wembury House, including a salt water lake.


Grid Reference:SX 536 493
Map Sheet:SX54NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWembury
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishWEMBURY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LANDSCAPE PARK (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Map object based on this source.

Devon Gardens Trust, 1999, Devon Local Register, 146 (Un-published). SDV170167.

Devon Gardens Trust, 2013, Devon Gazetteer of Parks and Gardens of Local Interest (Reg/Local list of Historic Parks and Gdns). SDV354335.

Clark, J., 2013, Wembury House (Un-published). SDV358373.

In 1793 Swete passed by Wembury on his way from Plymouth to Modbury. It was then ‘the remains of that famous mansion which was built by Sir John Hele… a magnificent edifice which being situated on an advanced ground near the sea had not only a most delightful prospect but was enriched with every convenience’. He also noted that ‘without doors that there was a noble park, and contiguous to the sea an immense pond which was so constructed as to catch of itself and retain with its walls every sort of fish that frequented the coast’. White (1850) noted that Hele had ‘built here a magnificent mansion, at the cost of £20,000, and enclosed a park, which had a salt water lake, supplied by the tides.

Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV170167Un-published: Devon Gardens Trust. 1999. Devon Local Register. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. A4 Stapled + Digital. 146.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV354335Reg/Local list of Historic Parks and Gdns: Devon Gardens Trust. 2013. Devon Gazetteer of Parks and Gardens of Local Interest. Historic Parks and Gardens - Register and Local List. Digital.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV358373Un-published: Clark, J.. 2013. Wembury House. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV1733Related to: Wembury House (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 4 2019 4:59PM