Powderham  Devon


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Powderham like this:

POWDERHAM, a parish in St. Thomas district, Devon; on the estuary of the river Exe, and on the South Devon railway, 2 miles N by W of Starcross r.station, and 6½ S S E of Exeter. Post-town, Kenton, Devon. Acres, 1, 947; of which 495 are water. Real property, £2, 253. Pop., 238. Houses, 51. ...

The manor was held, at the Norman conquest, by William de Ou; passed to John of Powderham, the Bohuns, and the Courtenays; and belongs now to the Earl of Devon. P. Castle stands on an acclivity rising from the Exe; is said to have been founded before the Norman conquest; formed, in the time of Leland, a strong fort, with a barbican, for the protection of the Exe haven; was garrisoned, and taken and retaken, by both contending parties in the civil wars of Charles I.; is now a seat of the Earl of Devon, recently much improved. The park around it isbeautifully wooded, and well stocked with deer. A triangular tower, called the Belvidere, crowns the highestground, and commands magnificent and extensive views. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £351, with 91 acres of glebe. Patron, the Earl of Devon. The church is later English; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, in triple form or in equal projection, with a Wtower; and contains a fine carved oak screen, and twomonuments of the Earl of Devon's family. There is a national school.

Powderham through time

Powderham is now part of Teignbridge district. Click here for graphs and data of how Teignbridge has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Powderham itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Powderham, in Teignbridge and Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 28th October 2020

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