18th – 19th century

Family history of the present owner of Clovelly, The Hon. John Rous

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. He died unmarried and left the estate to his nephew, James, on condition that he changed his name from Hammett to Hamlyn. James married Arabella Williams, heiress of a Welsh estate, Edwinsford in Carmarthenshire. He was created a baronet for public services.

Their son James (2nd Baronet) married Diana (née Whittaker). Her share of her father’s fortune was used to improve the estate, including the construction of the Hobby Drive. Work started during the Napoleonic Wars, assisted, it is said, by French prisoners of war. It and other coast path carriageways were completed in the period of high unemployment after 1815.

Seaweed Festival – Sunday 26th May 2024

You will be amazed at the world of seaweed!

Just a stone’s throw from the Red Lion, along the Quay, we’ll be hosting a variety of stalls selling a range of seaweed products and dishes. Expect live street entertainment and music.

10am – 5pm

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