Welcome to Lustleigh : A Short Tour of the Village – Wreyland back to Lustleigh

Continuation of  “A Walk Around Lustleigh

9. Brookfield also originally belonged to Bovey Tracey [3 miles down the A382]. The first houses here were built in the late 19th century for the men who worked at Kelly Mine.


10. Station House : The Newton Abbot to Moretonehampstead Railway opened in 1866 running for just under 100 years and being famed for its well-kept garden [presumably, The Station House]. The passenger service ended in 1959.

Former Station House

The Station House [private drive]

11. Bishop’s Stone : the indistinct coat-of-arms carved on the front may be that of the See of Exeter but little is known of the history surrounding the stone.

Bishop Stone

Bishop’s Stone

12 : Old Gatehouses: built for Coombe Hill but are now private dwellings.


One of the Gatehouses

13. War Memorial: dedicated to the memory of all who fell in the two World Wars.

War Memorial

14. Great Hall,  or Old Rectory: This historic building with its 14th century timber roof was once the home of the Lords of The Manor and later the Rectory. It was divided up into three private properties in the 20th century.

15. “Parson’s Loaf” : There is only speculation as to why this unusual rock came to be so called.

Parson's Loaf

“Parson’s Loaf”

16. School House. The Board School built following the Education Act of 1870 for Infants and Juniors also provided accommodation for the Head Teacher. It was closed in 1963 and is now a private dwelling.

[The Infants School on the rights is now holiday accommodation and that is where we stayed in Lustleigh]

School House

The School House

17. Town Orchard: The road between The Dairy and the Former Post Office leads past the recently-rebuilt Village Hall to The Town Orchard given to the people of Lustleigh by a resident, Mr W. Bennett. It is where the annual May Day festivities take place.

Village Hall

Village Hall

Town Orchard

Town Orchard

18. The Bridge over the leat taking water the the Old Corn Mill, now a private dwelling.

Bridge and Leat

The Bridge and Leat

19. The road leads to Rudge, one of the old farms of the Manor of Lustleigh, and from where a footpath continues past another old farm, Lower Hisley and on to Hisley Bridge in Lustleigh Cleave.

Road to Rudge

Road leads to Rudge

20. Baptist Chapel : built in 1853 and still in regular use as a place of worship.

Chapel 2

Chapel 1


11 comments on “Welcome to Lustleigh : A Short Tour of the Village – Wreyland back to Lustleigh

  1. Lovely! This is the kind of English village I most enjoy seeing. Thanks, Milady!

  2. Nilly says:

    “Lustleigh?” I wondered, then realised I’d been this way a few years ago in search of Mr N’s Moretonhampstead ancestors (non-conformist serge makers) – lovely and very lush! If you are interested, the Moretonhampstead History Society have a very interesting website here:
    I found Silvester Treleavan’s diaries, 1799 to 1816, fascinating. They give really interesting detail of life in the villages at that time.

    • Very lush, indeed – and we know why! Looks like an excellent archival website for Moretonhampstead. Did you post about the trip, or the findings? I know you are another living in Yorkshire but also loving the southwest.

  3. I love your photos in this and the last post – Devon is such a beautiful county. I wish I wasn’t such a wimp about motorway driving, and could use the M5, then I could see more of my daughter and explore the area properly!

    • Thank you, Christine. I enjoyed the walk and taking them. I can understand your hesitancy about motorway driving but I find still find it OK – excellent signage and handy, much-improved these days, services. There is such a thing as a train service, you know ;-).

  4. Me too, and great prices booking ahead and with Senior Rail Card. We don’t do too badly in Leeds – direct services several times a day to Plymouth and/or Penzance.

  5. Shannon says:

    Love the pictures! Found this site while researching the Coishe/Coyshe, Will and Puddicombe families. Enjoyed taking the journey with the pictures, imagining my ancestors walking the streets and paths of the villages, in their daily routines, in a time long gone by. Thank for the experience!

    Shannon (Canada)

  6. […] weather down here in Devon this week, and today was no exception, so I decided to walk back to Lustleigh, where we are staying for the week. I’d done the walk in the opposite direction two years […]

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