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The Birthplace of Sir Walter Raleigh

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Hayes Barton

                                                   We first hear of Hayes Barton in the reign of Henry                                                    VII (1154), when it was given into the possession of Bartholemew de Poer, a member of a most distinguished family that retained the Manor for well over 200 years.  The time arrived at last when the male Poer family came to an end and the sole remaining heiress, Cecelia married Mr William Duke a shrewd businessman from Sherborne and the Manor passed into his hands. It was from the descendants of Mr Duke that the Raleighs leased the Manor and they settled happily enough in Budley. In 1552 a son was born who was to become a national hero and the favourite of Queen Elizabeth I. There is little doubt there must have been much renovation since the erection of the 12th century Manor House, but we can have no possible doubt that the rebuilding to the shape of an "E" took place in the 16th century at the time of Elizabeth. Nowadays it is an extremely modern farm and is a family home that is carefully preserved, a house full of history.                                                                 "Raleigh's Birthplace by Lilian Sheppard.

Vicar's Mead where Raleigh went to school.

The windows in Vicar’s Mead have a number of etchings made by Vicars, some dating from centuries ago. Also the house is notorious for its hidden corridors used by smugglers many years ago.