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The History of Northcote Manor

The original Manor was located a couple of hundred yards South West from the present building and remains of the ruins still exist. The new Manor was built in 1716 and a commemorative plaque can be seen above the entrance to the Manor House Restaurant. The North East wing is Victorian and was added to the manor house in the middle of the 19th century.

The Right Honourable Sir Stafford Northcote MP, who died in the late 1800's, talks about the estate of Northcote Manor. He states that in the third year of the reign of King Henry I (1103 A.D.), Galfridus Miles, a prosperous gentleman holding "lands in the hundreds of Witheridge and North Tawton, the manor of Burrington and otherwise had his seat at Northcote, in the parish of East Down in the county of Devon." The Manor was later leased by King Henry VIII for 21 years to one Thomas de Soulemont and went then into the possession of Tavistock Abbey. At one point the Manor was granted, with the rest of its possessions, to a John Lord Russell. Thereafter, it was for many years in the family of Melhuish and in 1822 the estate became the property of a Reverend Thomas of Wellington, Devon. Northcote was passed by marriage several times from the families of Russell, Hankford and Pollard before it became the property of a Richard Babbage, an important figure in local and national history.

Burrington Parish Church holds records dating back to 1592 and it was from this source that most of the historical records were found. In the late 1880's the fourth Earl of Portsmouth was Lord of Northcote Manor, followed by Sir Harold Taggert, who in 1923 sold the property to Colonel Gracey for £24,000. Colonel Gracey, who had been responsible for building considerable sections of the Northern Indian railway system, and his family were the last private occupants of the Manor, and upon his death in 1962 the whole of the Northcote Estate, comprising hundreds of acres , was sold for £98,500. A photograph of Colonel Gracey is on the wall of our bar.

Northcote Manor first welcomed guests in 1972 and has continued to do so as a country house hotel since that time. Northcote Manor is a true place of hospitality and harmony, so stay awhile in timeless tranquillity. Sharp-eyed visitors will notice the coat of arms and legend above the front door. The Latin text reads, "I follow the light". This motto remains to this day.