A Handbook for Travellers in Devonshire

A Handbook for Travellers in Devonshire

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...and Torbay. At first it coincides with the main line (passing under Milber Down, where is a large ancient camp); but then, diverging, passes the King's Kerswell Stat, (with the ch. rt.). The road skirts the shore, and leads to an open place about the centre of the town. On the summit of Milber Down (1$ m. E. of Newton) is a camp, consisting of a triple intrenchment. The inmost vallum is nearly square; the second, at 50 yds.' distance, more oval; the third, at the same interval, an ellipse. Outside all, at the distance of 150 yds., are the remains of an almost circular entrenchment. The strength and unusual form of this entrenchment have given rise to muchfdiscussion; and it has been suggested that the square inner vallum may be a Roman addition to a British camp. The Down is named from it (Milber = Miliar!/); and a branch of the Roman road which crossed the Teign near Newton, is said to have turned in this direction, passing under the camp, and by Beacon Hill to Berry Pomeroy. The main branch ran onward to Totnes. In this camp on Milber Down (whence is a grand view) the P. of Orange planted his park of artillery, Nov. 7,1688, while he was entertained and slept at Ford House. A road passes through these ancient works to St. Mary Church. Haccombe House (The Misses Carew), about 6 m. from Torquay and 3 from Newton (it is on the N. side of Milber Down), was built about 1830 on the site of a very ancient Hall. At the time of the Domesday Survey, the manor was held by a "Stephen," who took his name from it. From his descendants it passed to the Archdeacons; from them to the Courtenays; and by marriage, temp. Hen. VI., with Joan, only daughter of Sir Hugh Courtenay, to the present family. Haccombe Church is a small E. E. structure, originally...show more

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  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236605357
  • 9781236605351