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Latitude: 50.3243 / 50°19'27"N
Longitude: -4.0659 / 4°3'57"W
OS Eastings: 253035
OS Northings: 49189
OS Grid: SX530491
Mapcode National: GBR NZ.XZDM
Mapcode Global: FRA 28C5.PSY
Entry Name: Wall Approximately 90 Metres West of Wembury House
Listing Date: 19 July 1984
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1169185
English Heritage Legacy ID: 100474
Location: Wembury, South Hams, Devon, PL9
District: South Hams
Civil Parish: Wembury
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
SX 54 NW WEMBURY
90 metres west of
Large wall possibly defensive which is all that survives of a late C16 mansion.
Circa late C16. 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 house (Wembury House qv) 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.
Listing NGR: SX5303549189
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