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HER Number:MDV1733
Name:Wembury House


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).


Grid Reference:SX 531 492
Map Sheet:SX54NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWembury
Civil ParishWembury
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishWEMBURY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX54NW/5
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*): 100473

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • COUNTRY HOUSE (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

SEE SX54NW/5/1, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148326.

Wembury house, built in 1803 to replace an earlier structure. There is an ancient walled and raised terrace across the lawns in front of the house. The coping stones along the se wall differ from those of the sw wall of this terrace. They probably once stood upright, those of the sw wall still serve the purpose for which they were designed. Under the central steps is an archway said to have led by an underground passage to the sea, now walled up (beckerlegge, 1939) (see sx54nw/5/1).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148327.

See sub-sheet no.9 for details of earlier houses.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148329.

Beckerlegge, j. J. /tda/71(1939)180/8th report of the plymouth branch.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148330.

Evans, h. M. /tda/42(1910)517-537/wembury: its bay, church, and parish.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148331.

Hoskins, w. G. /devon/(1954)513.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148332.

Pevsner, n. /the buildings of england: south devon/(1952)306.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148333.

Beckerlegge, j. J. /tda/69(1937)224/6th report of the plymouth and district branch.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148334.

Reichel, o. J. /hundreds of devon/(1928-1938)245,251,260,268,281-282,302/the hundred of plympton in early times.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148335.

Doe/hhr:plympton st. Mary rd/(-/8/1956)31.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148336.

Prince, j. /worthies of devon/(1701).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148337.

Dro=564m/vol 15.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148338.

Doe/hhr:south hams district,wembury(19/7/1984)71-72.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148340.

Des=ntas/wembury bay and yealm estuary/(july 1984)/in smr.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148341.

Des=sale particulars of wembury house and lodge(1988)/in smr.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148342.

Cherry, b. + pevsner, n. /the buildings of england:devon/(1989)894.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148343.

Cherry, b. /pdas/46(1988)96-99/the devon country house in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV22670.

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).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242.

The site of a medieval manor that was in ecclesiastical possession down to the dissolution (reichel).

National Trust, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV5615.

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. See doe list for full details (doe). Vis=estimated -/-/1984 (national trust). The elizabethan manor has a deer park and a huge fishpond still visible below the house but not on trust property.(national trust).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1984, SX54NW10 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV148339.

Wembury House (OS 1:250 1975)

Wembury House was built in 1803 on the site of an earlier building. To the west of the house is a walled and raised terrace built in the 16th century with "enormous substructures". (TDA 71 1939 180, Buildings of England South Devon 1952 306 Pevsner, N.)

Wembury House. The manor was bought at the Dissolution by Mr Rider and sold to Sir John Hele. Prince asserts that the buildings was made "from an old monkish dorter" but this is the only evidence for actual monastic buildings on the site though the original medieval manor was the property of Plympton Priory. The ancient walled and raised terrace opposite the house is said to have a passage under it leading to the sea and now blocked off. (DCC SMR South Hams print out 18/10/1985: a) Worthies of Devon 1701, Prince, J b) TDA 42 1910 517-37 Wembury, Evans, H. M. c) The Hundreds of Devon 1928-38 245 251 260 268 281-2 302 Reichel, O. J. d) TDA 69 1937 224 Beckerlegge, J. J. e) Devon 1954 513, Hoskins, W. G. f) Devon Record Office 564M/15 np g) TDA 71 1939 180, Beckerlegge, J. J. h) DES Worksheet 28/11/1982 plan, Guyver, R. M. i)Ibid)

Other Details: Listing description 19/07/1984 and Map

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

An attractive simple house of 1803 built for Thomas Lockyer.

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

Historic England, 2015, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV358087.

Country house in landscaped garden, built on the site of a late C16 house. 1803. Stone rubble formerly rendered and with ashlar dressings and ashlar basement. Parapet with plain stone coping and string courses. Rusticated stone quoins. Slate hipped roof. Two storeys, attic and basement. Five bays. Large sash windows with glazing bars, in moulded stone architraves. Central doorway with large rectangular fanlight. fielded panel double doors and porch with slender Tuscan columns and entablature with cast iron balcony. Deep basement area in front with plain iron railings. One bay set back to left hand (north). East garden front also five bays, and with niches either side of central ground floor window. Interior: Relatively plain interior is virtually unaltered and retains its original joinery, plasterwork, chimneypieces and staircase etc. The house was built for Thomas Lockyer in 1803-6 on the site of a great mansion of Sir John Hele which was demolished to build a late C17 or early C18 house which in turn has been replaced by the present house. Sir John Hele bought the estate in 1592 and built what was reputedly an enormous house of which only the wall to the west q.v. survives. There is a drawing (by Edmund Prideaux) of Wembury House, dated 1716, depicting a late C17/early C18 house. It was then the seat of John Pollexfen. The drawing is now at Prideaux Place, Cornwall.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV148326Migrated Record: SEE SX54NW/5/1.
SDV148327Migrated Record:
SDV148329Migrated Record:
SDV148330Migrated Record:
SDV148331Migrated Record:
SDV148332Migrated Record:
SDV148333Migrated Record:
SDV148334Migrated Record:
SDV148335Migrated Record:
SDV148336Migrated Record:
SDV148337Migrated Record:
SDV148338Migrated Record:
SDV148339Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1984. SX54NW10. OSAD Card. Card Index + Digital.
SDV148340Migrated Record:
SDV148341Migrated Record:
SDV148342Migrated Record:
SDV148343Migrated Record:
SDV22670Migrated Record:
SDV242Migrated Record:
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #82036 ]
SDV358087National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV358373Un-published: Clark, J.. 2013. Wembury House. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.
SDV5615Migrated Record: National Trust.

Associated Monuments

MDV30530Parent of: Kitchen Gardenn Walls and Gate Piers North East of Wembury House (Building)
MDV30531Parent of: Two Pairs of Gate Piers and Link Walls North of Wembury House (Building)
MDV29861Related to: Garden Walls and Two Pairs of Gate Piers, Wembury House (Building)
MDV112283Related to: Parkland and Gardens at Wembury House (Park/Garden)
MDV30534Related to: Wall, West of Wembury House (Building)
MDV41953Related to: Wembury Manor House (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 1 2018 9:40AM