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Description: Wall Approximately 90 Metres West of Wembury House
Date Listed: 19 July 1984
English Heritage Building ID: 100474
OS Grid Reference: SX5303549189
OS Grid Coordinates: 253035, 49189
Latitude/Longitude: 50.3243, -4.0659
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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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Source: English Heritage
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