Mamhead, Devon

Mamhead, a parish in Devonshire, under Great Haldon Hill, 3 1/2 miles W by S of Starcross station on the G.W.R., and 4 E by N of Chudleigh. Post town, Exeter; money order and telegraph office, Dawlish. Acreage, 1182 ; population, 158. Mamhead House belonged once to the Balles; was the seat of Sir Robert Newman, who fell at the Battle of Inkerman; is still the seat of his family; is an edifice in the Tudor style; and stands on a charming spot commanding a fine sea view. An obelisk of Portland stone, 100 feet high,erected in 1743 by Mr T. Balle, crowns the summit of a wooded height on the Mamhead grounds. Many spots in the parish are richly picturesque. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £95 with residence. Thechurch is good, contains some monuments, and has a tower.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5