The Village of Beer: East Devon

The Manor

Before the Norman Conquest the manor belonged to the abbey of Horton, which was annexed in 1122 with all its possessions to the Abbey of Sherborne. What is now the Common Lane allotments was once the Vineyards where the abbots grew vines for making wine.

After the dissolution, King Henry VIII included it in the dowry of Catherine Parr.

Later the manor was sold to the Hassard family of Lyme Regis who sold the estate to John Starr of Beer in 1550.

A part of the manor was afterwards sold to the father of Sir William Pole, the historian,who himself sold it to John Walrond of Bovey, who, around 1630 , became owner of the whole of the manor.

Judith Maria, the heiress of the Walronds married Lord John Rolle in 1778 when the manor became the property of the Rolle’s. Lord John married a second time, in 1822, to Louisa Barbara Clinton. On the death of Lord Rolle, the estate passed to the nephew of his second wife, Mark Clinton, who changed his name to Mark Rolle.

In 1820 the almshouses were built and the school in Beer was founded under a Trust set up by Lord Rolle in memory of his wife, Judith Maria who had died the previous year. The Trust also provided a pension for the poor who were to live in the almshouses.

Book of the Axes, George Pulman.

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