Category: Mortehoe History


Eliza Yeo 1840-1917

Eliza has often been described as ‘a real character of Mortehoe’. For those of you who have visited the Mortehoe Heritage Museum you will have seen her wax work figurine at the top of the stairs and perhaps already know…

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Woolacombe & Mortehoe 1899 – A visitors review

Morte Point, with its stern beauty, and the slanting spur of rocks which is covered when the tide is full, then the suggestiveness of the name is seen, and dwellers here about will tell you of doomed ships in former days. At the best…

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Rockham Bay Hotel, Mortehoe

The Rockham Bay Hotel, previously started its life as a smaller hotel, run by William and Andrea Charlesworth. In 1946 the the hotel was descried in a local newspaper article as a small friendly country by the sea side hotel,…

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Elizabeth Berry – Notorious Wrecker

The North Devon coast was often named “The Sailors Grave” it was said that sailors would rather drown at sea than come intothe shore’s of Mortehoe. There are many unknown drowned sailors being buried in St Mary’s churchyard, however many…

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Mortehoe Post Office

The Royal Mail can date it’s history as far back as 1516, however it would not be until 1635 that the postal service would be opened up to the public with a letter office being established in London, and a…

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The lifeboat for Mortehoe, 1871

Morthoe Bay, Morte Point, Rockham Bay, and Bull Point, have an evil repute in the sailors’s log. It has been buoyed with such warning as might serve to caution ships making for the Bristol Channel to give it wide berth…

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Strange proceedings at Mortehoe

In 1887 an event took place in Mortehoe that would be later reported in the press as ‘The Strange Proceedings at Mortehoe’, it would be a case that would end at the House of Commons and receive national press. On…

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Woolacombe, Mortehoe and The Chichester Family

The Chichester family had a strong and important connection with Woolacombe and Mortehoe. The family owned much of the North Devon Coastline including their home at Arlington Estate. Woolacombe beach and the surrounding land was owned by the Chichester family…

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The Grange, Mortehoe

Mr Thomas founded the Grange as a Ministers Seaside Home, he would be the first warden of the home, visiting The Grange whenever he could, but leaving the day to day running to a husband and wife team of housekeepers. …

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Eating, Drinking & Dancing – The Chichester Arms (1841)

North Devon Journal – Thursday 07 January 1841 Offence against Ale House Licence – Rev. J. D. Ness, rector of Mortehoe, exhibited a complaint against George Irwin Keeper of the “Chichester Arms” public house in Mortehoe for permitting drunkenness and disorderly conduct…

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