Hemyock Castle

Hemyock Castle

Hemyock Castle is a privately owned scheduled Ancient Monument & residential site, normally only opened to the public during special open days on Bank Holiday Mondays (2 to 5 pm) between Easter and September. On our open days, visitors can view the substantial remains of Hemyock Castle’s towers, walls, moat, grounds; and visit its display areas.

The remains of a moated, rare late 14th century castle surround a much older manor house. During the 17th century English Civil War, the castle was garrisoned for Parliament. The Royalists attacked twice, eventually besieging and capturing Hemyock Castle. Afterwards, the castle was slighted (destroyed). Subsequently the site evolved to become a farm, and later a private home. Former outbuildings have also been converted into homes.

Hemyock Castle is set in the Culm Valley amongst the now tranquil Blackdown Hills in Devon England, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just a few miles from the M5 Motorway and Taunton. Although situated in the heart of Hemyock village, the castle site is screened by trees and walls, so surprisingly little can be seen from the road. The whole site is enclosed by substantial walls, fences and gates.

History Talk by Ian Mortimer at Sampford Peverell Village Hall

Notice to local history groups in the Blackdown Hills area.

Sampford Peverell Village Hall – Thursday 27 September at 7.30 pm.

History Talk by Ian Mortimer

Ian Mortimer is giving a talk on his latest book ‘The Time-traveller’s guide to Restoration Britain’ which you are invited to attend. The event is organised by the Sampford Peverell Society – all are welcome (non-members £2 entrance charge).

Dr Ian Mortimer is a well known historian and author, with a keen interest in Devon history. He also writes historical fiction as James Forrester. The Guardian review of his Restoration book says:

“It’s in the details of daily life that Mortimer’s book excels. This wonderfully human history captures the experiences of Restoration Britain, including insults (“you white-livered son of a Fleet Street bumsitter”), street food (pies are fine “if you don’t mind the gristle inside the pastry and the flies on the outside”), personal hygiene (“Pepys does not immerse himself in water for the whole 10‑year period of his diary”), and how to post a letter (envelopes had not yet been invented but a letter to France will cost you one shilling). History at its most entertaining.”

Historic books on Exeter and Devon available now

From: Mike Walker
Subject: Devon Books

I am reluctantly downsizing my house and books The books, all postage-free, are on my website at www.woodsidebooks.co.uk

Please do look at this website which displays a fantastic selection of historic books of our area.
Many no longer in print.

Rosemary Lane Outing 1934

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Clayhidon Rectory 1900

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Men of Clayhidon with brass band in 1900

Outing from Rosemary Lane Chapel in 1920

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Haymaking at Bolham House Farm

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Mr Dick Ayres and men haymaking at Bolham Farm 1929.

Hemyock Baptist Church

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This is a picture of the Hemyock Baptist Church in 2012 celebrating the jubilee of the building of the new Baptist Church.

The children of John and Caroline New at Craddock

Caroline            John Somers    Johanna           Vernon Arthur

1866-1926        1871-1960          1868-1942        1879- ????

went to California

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by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd), half-plate nitrate negative, 27 June 1932

Henry Harcourt New 1874-1961 at Craddocks       by Lafayette  June 1932