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BERRY POMEROY, DEVON'S MOST PICTURESQUE RUIN

BERRY POMEROY, DEVON'S MOST PICTURESQUE RUIN

Some seven miles from Torquay, by way of Collaton S. Mary, is the lovely ruin of Berry Pomeroy castle, situated on the edge of a deep glen. Ralph de Pomeroy built a fortress here soon after the Conquest, and some of this still remains, but the chief building now existing is the sixteenth century manor house built by Sir Edward Seymour. The destruction of the castle is said to have been due to a great thunderstorm in 1685, though the Civil War is more likely to have caused its ruin.

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