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Mamhead village, Devon

Mamhead is a rural village and civil parish near Dawlish and Kenton in Devon, in the Teignbridge local authority area.

On high ground on the Haldon Hills, dense woodlands open out into views of the coast and the estuary of the River Exe.

The Mamhead estate dates from Domesday, when it was held by Ralph de Pomerai and later by Sir Hugh Peverell. In the early 14th century, Sir Nicholas Carew became lord of the manor through his marriage to Amicia de Peverell, and Mamhead remained with the Carews until 1547.

The Mamhead estate was sold by the adventurer Sir Peter Carew (1514ဓ1575) to Giles Ball, whose son Sir Peter Ball (1598 - 1680) was attorney-general to King Charles I's Queen, Henrietta Maria. He began to build a country house here, replacing an older house. His grandson Thomas Ball (1671 - 1749), a merchant, planted many exotic trees brought back from his travels. Between 1742 and 1745, he built an obelisk on the hill above the house 'out of a regard to the safety of such as might use to sail out of the Port of Exon or any others who might be driven on the coast'.

The obelisk has a height of one hundred feet.

Mamhead then passed into the hands of the Earls of Lisburne.

In 1823, Mamhead was bought by Robert William Newman (1776 - 1848), who completely rebuilt the house on a new site in 1827-1833, to the designs of Anthony Salvin. In 1833, Westley Farm was also rebuilt by Salvin. Newman was Member of Parliament for Exeter from 1818 to 1826 and High Sheriff of Devon in 1827. On 17 March 1836, he became Sir Robert William Newman, 1st Baronet, of Mamhead in the County of Devon. The third Baronet was High Sheriff of Devon in 1871. The fourth Baronet represented Exeter in the House of Commons from 1918 to 1931, when he was created Baron Mamhead of Exeter in the County of Devon, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The peerage became extinct on his death in 1945, but the baronetcy is still extant.

After some years as an independent school, Dawlish College. As of 2012, the estate is for sale.

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Dawlish, Exmouth, Teignmouth and Kingsteignton.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:




arrowBovey Tracey



Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Newton Abbot, Paignton, Brixham and Moretonhampstead.

Nearby Attractions


There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:


	arrowOld Walls Vineyard


	arrowCarlton Theatre


	arrowSavoy Cinema

	arrowExmouth Pavilion

	arrowA la Ronde

	arrowWorld of Country Life


	arrowCanonteign Falls




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