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

10:45
Glove ceremony officals (L to r) Town Crier Nick Goodwin, Mayor Douglas Hull,  Lord of the Manor Jim Rowe, Rev John Streeting and ‘keeper of the glove’ John Tarling. Picture:  CHRIS CARSON

Crowds gathered on the Minster Green to hear Lord of the Manor Jim Rowe proclaim the 800th anniversary of the royal charter of 1215, granting the town its annual fair.

Read more
15:00

The college, which has been awarded £2million to develop the centre, is aiming to start construction in spring 2016.

Read more
15:00
The wedding dress and posh frock party raised more than £800.

The ‘posh frocks and wedding dress’ bash, put on by Angela Lloyd and Vanessa Prettejohn, helped raise money for their friend, Lynsey Fearn, who is set to take on the mountain clibm later this year.

Read more
The trio at the start of their charity ride

Father and son Neal and Matt Fulls and their friend Chris Pope took nine days to cycle the 1,000 miles from the tip of mainland Scotland to the most westerly point in Cornwall.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

Businesses that have loyally supported the Honiton economy say they are being forced out of an industrial estate to make way for a 150-homes development.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00
Axe Valle Communityy College Sixth former Ciaran Murphy at the grand piano with staff and students.

It was a grand performance – in every sense – when students and staff presented ‘A Chamber Music Recital’ at The Axe Valley Community College.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:30
Issy Coman, Elizabeth Heighway and Milly Chaplyn.

There was a sense of sunshine and summer days on at The Axe Valley Community College as the music department put on their Summer Spectacular Concert to a packed audience.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00
The Colyton physics  students

Georgia Stidwell, 16, from Colyton, has won second prize in the University of Birmingham’s Young Geographer Photography Competition.

Read more
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Honiton's Denhay Farm is on a winning streak.

Denhay Farm, at Broadoak, enjoyed a clean sweep - winning gold for each product entered in the awards, including its new dry cured smoked and unsmoked gammons.

Read more
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Axminster primary sports day. Ref mha 9552-26-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

‘Glorious’ was how organisers described the weather for the event which was well supported by family and friends.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

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

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

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



Honiton's trusted business finder