From the Doomsday Book
to 2004 Leigham Manor has changed from being one of the original
Plymouth Manors to being an exclusive housing development of 41
luxury properties on the edge of Plymouth surrounded by National
Trust and Woodland Trust land and bordered by the River Plym
leading down from the heart of Dartmoor.
In the late Summer of
1946 Plymouth City Council bought the Leigham Manor Estate as part
of its redevelopment plan for the City at the end of the Second
World War. The Estate was to be divided up over the next 40 years
for a mixture of industrial, housing and recreational use.
The final part of
this long term development was started in 1988 when Manor Park
began its life. The development was finally finished in 1995 and
is now recognised as one of the best private estates in the
Plymouth area and is much sought after, with houses of excellent
size and quality, making ideal family homes. Click on the picture
below for a larger image of the Manor Park development.
The Manor House
itself by this time had become derelict and was reduced to a pile
of rubble. A far cry from the early days after the war. Look at
this photograph taken in 1947 when the house was used as a retreat
for a Church (possibly Adventist) retreat. If anyone knows
anyone in this picture I would be very pleased to hear from them
as they may hold valuable historical information on the last years
of this ancient Manor House.
Names may be as follows: Junior
left to right, from the back to the front.
8th row: Norman Tew, May Dando (Benefield), Victor Benefield.
7th row: Pastor Paul Cumings, Mr Parry, Leona Minchin, Valmae
Minchin, E Haynes, B Palmer, W Caley, A Millest.
6th row: Charlie Tew, Pat Gatland, P Lane, B Seeley, W Hesse, R
Kinnersley, D Bevan, J Bonney, .., D Cook, ? Foskett, H Ginbey, R
Benton, D Krause, N Gulley.
5th row: ? Vesey, P Bone, .. E Bartter, C Phillips, .., G Sweet, D
Gough, R Chandler, R Aikenhead, .. , Valerie Cook, .. , M Palmer.
4th row: Margaret Rosier, Ken Rosier, .. , M Barham, B Shaw, .. ,
M Coombe, Ann Westley, .. , Sonia Bevan, .. , R Vesey, P Uffindell,
P Bonney, .. , Brian Lemin, .. , T Proudley.
3rd row: .. , Susan Cooke, Alan Thompson, .. , B Gulley, .. , S
Uffindell, C Vesey, .. , John Rich, G Willoughby, Rex Riches, M
Rich, .. , Mary Sanders (later Blackburn), Margaret Sanders (later
2nd row: Connie Richards, .. , Mrs Catts, Mrs Welch, Ken Gammon,
Mrs Tew, H T Johnson (SEC Youth Director), Mrs Johnson, C T
Bannister, Mrs Bannister, M Liney, John Cavin, Joyce Needham, John
Bevan, A C Vine.
Front row: .. , V Watson, .. , J Youlden, .. , O Ashman, Robin
Riches, Wendy Stokes, Paul Bonney, C Catts, Mark Cummings, ..
Others: Connie Target?, Muriel Christiensen, Kevin Minchin?, Rita
Click on the
pictures above for a larger image, or contact
(thanks to J.
Eaton, R. Emmerson & S. Johnson for the photos)
Photo of the Manor
taken in the
The end of an era:
The final sale of the land prior to the development of Manor Park,
a luxury development of 41 executive homes.
(many thanks to Mrs
M Selley and Steve Johnson`s "Cyberheritage"
for the photos above and for other archive material)
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