John Rous, a descendant of the Hamlyn family who have owned the village, estate and manor house Clovelly Court since 1738. EX39 5TA, 01237 431781 ‘It clearly had the potential to be another visitor attraction, but it equally clearly wasn’t one then.’. Only seven buildings are not listed. He reached the rank of Brigadier General, and was awarded the DSO and two bars. George’s son, William, is the ‘Will Cary of Clovelly’ made famous in the novel ‘Westward Ho!’ by Charles Kingsley. Sir William’s elder brother, Sir John, was a judge and Baron of the Exchequer in 1370, but owing to dynastic intrigues he was banished to Ireland and his lands confiscated. The court itself is the creation of several generations of the Hamlyns, who have owned the estate since the 18th century, although it has often passed in the female line. She and her husband renovated many village cottages, hence why you see her initials in place.
This event led to the founding of the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society early the following year with the object of. John Rous, is her Great grand nephew.
giving relief and assistance to the widows and orphans of fishermen; and of mariners, members of the Society, who lose their lives by storms and shipwreck on any part of the coasts of the United Kingdom, while engaged in their lawful occupations; and also to render necessary assistance to such mariners, soldiers, or other poor persons as suffer shipwreck upon the said coasts. Actor Joss Ackland and his wife Rosemary bought a property in Higher Clovelly on the outskirts of the village in 1989. Earlier, at the time of Clovelly’s inclusion in the Domesday Book, it was owned by the King; it enjoyed many royal associations from the 9th century up to 1242, when it was acquired by the Giffard family. When John Rous took it over some 30 years ago, there was another equally central part of it that clearly wasn’t contributing in that way: the walled garden of the estate mansion, Clovelly Court. Zachary Hamlyn, who was born at Kennerland Farm in Higher Clovelly, made his fortune as a lawyer at Lincolns Inn and purchased the estate for £9,438 in 1738. Turner's painting of Clovelly Harbour around 1822 hangs in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin. Tim Longville visited for the magazine some four years ago, with Val Corbett taking the pictures.
It and other coast path carriageways were completed in the period of high unemployment after 1815. Sir Roger Giffard then ‘subinfeuded’ (sublet) the Manor of Clovelly from Walter. Of course, the village’s thousands of visitors are a vital source of income for the Clovelly estate, of which the village is a central part, but the vital trick any country estate needs to bring off nowadays is to have all of its parts contributing to its overall income stream. The estate is run by the Clovelly Estate Company, led by the Hon. Above all, what distinguishes the building is its situation perched above Bideford Bay with spectacular views. The South West Coast Path National Trail runs from the top of the village. As Mrs Alford points out approvingly, that means ‘the soil, which is good anyway and enriched by regular additions of donkey manure, is very free-draining and any frost we get just rolls away’.
The sixteenth-century Carys of Clovelly feature in the historical novel The Grove of Eagles by Winston Graham. So in 1738 Robert Barber, the widower of Elizabeth Cary, sold Clovelly to Zachary Hamlyn.  This is not done as a tourist attraction, but as a matter of practicality.
John Rous is the only son of Keith Rous, the 5th Earl of Stradbroke and Mary Asquith, granddaughter of former Prime Minister H. H. Clovelly is also described by Charles Dickens in "A Message from the Sea" and was painted by Rex Whistler, whose cameos of the village were used on a china service by Josiah Wedgwood.
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