KENN IN WHITE'S DIRECTORY OF 1850
"KENN, or Kenne, is a long village, including Kennford, pleasantly situated in a picturesque valley on the banks of a rivulet, four miles S. by E. of Exeter. It gives its name to a deanery, and its parish contains 1078 inhabitants and 5316A. of land, rising in a bold range of hills on the south-west side of the valley, where there are the handsome seats of Haldon, Woodlands, and Trehill, commanding fine views over the vale of the Exe.
Kennford had a grant of a market and Fair in 1299 but both have been for some centuries. obsolete The manor of Kenn, formerly held by the Courtenay, Oxenham, Acland, and other families, was purchased about 30 years ago, by Sir L.V. Palk, Bart., of HALDON HOUSE, a large and handsome stuccoed mansion in a finely wooded park, on a commanding eminence, upon the summit of which are a number of barrows or tumuli, in which urns and Roman coins have been found. Thi mansion was built in 1735 by Sir George Chudleigh, Bart and was purchased in 1769 by the late Sir Robert Palk who was created a baronet in 1782 and greatly improved the house and grounds. The house contains an extensive library and a fine collection of paintings, and commands delightful views. The ornamental grounds are extensive and the plantataions which crown the summits of the hills cover many acres.
Haldon House now known as Haldon House Hotel
Behind the house, on the centre of Pen hill rises a castellated building of three stories, called the Belvidere, or Lawrence Castle, erected by the late Sir Robert Palk, in memory of his friend General Lawrence, whose statue, large as life, on a pedestal of black marble, ornaments the entrance.
The Church (St. Andrew,) is a large ancient structure, with a tower and six bells, and has several neat monuments. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £46. 13s. 4d., and in 1831 at £778, is in the patronage of J.H. Ley, Esq., and the incumbency of the Rev. Henry Ley, B.A., who has a good residence, and 197A. 2R. 23P. of glebe.
RESIDENTS OF KENN
Henry Warren, also Wheelwright
BOOT AND SHOEMAKERS
Mary Ann Cornish
George Palk, Haldon
John Rowe, Carswell