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MAMHEAD IN WHITE'S DIRECTORY OF 1850

 

"MAMHEAD is a small parish of scattered houses, chiefly on the western acclivities of a bold eminence, 3 miles W. of Starcross, and 4 miles E. by N. of Chudleigh. It has 246 inhabitants, and 1220 acres of land, mostly the property and manor of Sir R.L. Newman, Bart., whose father was created a baronet in 1836. 

 

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Mamhead Park in 2016 when it was in use as a wedding venue

One of the turrets of Mamhead Castle can be glimpsed just off centre to the left. The Estate had just been sold, reputedly for £9.5 million.

 

He resides at Mamhead Park, which has a large and handsome mansion in the Elizabethan style, erected about 20 years ago on the site of the old house, which was mostly built by Sir Peter Balle, an eminent loyalist who died in 1680, aged 82. It was afterwards the seat of the two last Earls of Lisburne. The house stands on a rising knoll at the junction of three narrow valleys, opening towards the coast, and backed with a high woody ridge of Haldon. On the lofty wooded summit of Mamhead Point, stands a noble obelisk of Portland stone, built by Thos. Balle, Esq., about 1742."

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Mamhead Obelisk

©Richard J. Brine

Meant to be a navigational aid when viewed from the sea, the obelisk has become obliterated by the tree growth around it.

 

 
 
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