Manor house mystery solved by Herald reader

08:46 23 June 2014

The mystery  house in this old photo has been identified as Stedcombe Manor near Axmouth

The mystery house in this old photo has been identified as Stedcombe Manor near Axmouth

Archant

Museum photo identified as Stedcombe House near Axmouth

Stedcombe manor house as it is today - minus the porch added in the late 19th century and later removed. Photo by Chris CarsonStedcombe manor house as it is today - minus the porch added in the late 19th century and later removed. Photo by Chris Carson

A manor house mystery that has been puzzling historians has finally been solved - thanks to a Midweek Herald reader.

Earlier this month we asked if anyone could identify the building in a photograph unearthed amongst the archives at Lyme Regis Museum.

Officials were pretty sure it was somewhere in the East Devon area but were anxious to know its exact location.

After reading the article Mike Clement, of the Friends of Axmouth Church, provided the answer. He revealed that the building is the manor house at Stedcombe, a private residence just outside the village, towards Musbury.

He said the photograph was taken on March 10, 1907, on the occasion of the 21st birthday party of Maud Stephens, the daughter of Samuel and Amy Stephens, who bought the Stedcombe Estate in 1890.

Meanwhile an exhibition entitled ‘Axmouth Parish at War 1914 to 1918’ is currently being held at the village church until September 2, 10am to 7pm, Mondays to Saturdays.

Other News Stories

11:30
Tim Dallaway wins the All Stars Invitation Race at Red Marley Hill Climb 2015. Photo by Eric Miles.

Tim Dallaway, of Fern Lane, was one of 16 riders personally invited to compete in the All Stars Invitation Race at Red Marley Hill Climb.

Read more
07:50
Seaton resident Jimmy Purvis gets a surprise 90th birthday performance by Uplyme Morris Men

Uplyme Morris men descend on sleepy Seaton street

Read more
Yesterday, 15:15
Learning how to cook tasty meals for one

The charity is inviting people to join its Cooking for One group and learn to spice up their menus.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:59
Seaton Neighbourhood policing team with Natwest Bank officials and customers of their new mobile service

Seaton officers will be at the new mobile bank to offer help and advice

Read more
Yesterday, 12:35
Pictured with Jane Bremner from the club and shirt sponsosrs are club members Paul and Judith Moffitt with Tabitha Young, the club's youngest member.

Members have been provided by club sponsors Wood Farm Caravan and Camping Park, at Charmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:59
Conservation volunteers at Holyford Woods.

Pond near Colyford is being developed into an important habitat for woodland critters

Read more
Sunday, April 19, 2015
The Exeter Morris Men performing at Exmouth's Bicton Inn. Photo: Paul Strange.

Morris dancing is one of the most English of pastimes, so it’s only fitting that people attending a St George’s Day festival should have a chance to see it in its full glory.

Read more
Saturday, April 18, 2015
The River Axe, at Axminster, which is being polluted by a smelly discharge. Picture CHRIS CARSON

Environment officers appeal for help to track down source of Axminster river pollution

Read more
Friday, April 17, 2015
The Honiton police team have seen a drop in annual crime.

In all, 41 crimes were reported between Monday, March 9, and Sunday, April 12.

Read more
Friday, April 17, 2015

District bosses are warning residents about a council tax refund scam.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition today E-edition



Honiton's trusted business finder