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Pridhamsleigh Manor

Pridhamsleigh Manor Circa 1627

In the 17th and early 18th Centuries Pridhamsleigh was an extremely grand courtyard mansion of a wealthy family, with a richly carved Classical entrance porch and costly armorial window glass (now removed to Lew Trenchard House)

Captain Edward Gould, who in the 18th century made a valiant attempt to squander away the family fortune at the gaming tables. Nicknamed "the Scamp" by his family.

Pridhamsleigh Manor Circa 1660

Pridhamsleigh is first recorded (by the name leigh meaning wood) in a boundry dispute of 1219. A tithe pavement was recorded on the property in 1281 , when the family name Proudhomme (proud man), which gave the site the first part of the place name is first recorded. It was valued at the sum of 10 shillings (50p) in the taxation of Pope Nicholas of c. 1291.

In 1343 John de Proudhome was granted the right for mass to be celebrated at the manor at a porable alter (not a chapel). There was therefore a substantial farmhouse at Pridhamsleigh by the late 13th and 14th centuries.

Pridhamsleigh Manor Circa 1860

The fortunes of Pridhamsleigh changed dramatically in the eary 17th century, when it was aquired by the Gould family, ancesters of the celebrated Victorian the Rev. Sabine baring Gould. The Goulds were an important Devon family throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries. In the late 18th century Edward Gould (sometimes known as "Edward the Scamp") sank deeply into debt by gambling, disposing of the manor in 1760 and dying of poverty in 1788.

Sabine Baring-Gould writer of hymns, the best-known being "Onward, Christian Soldiers" and "Now the Day Is Over". He also translated the carol "Gabriel's Message" from the Basque language to the English.
Donns Map of Devon 1765
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