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Lupton House at Brixham by Charles Bevan

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Charles’s illustrated talk on Lupton House was most interesting and enlightening. 

The site is first recorded as an Anglo Saxon village and then as Locktone in the Dooms Day Book of 1087. The present house was built by Charles Hayne in 1772 and it was bought by Judge Sir Francis Buller in 1792. He was a very active local judge, who apparently said it was permissible for a man to beat his wife provided the stick was no thicker than a man’s thumb. Hence the saying: ‘The rule of thumb’.

The house and the estate have been continually redeveloped with driveways, stables, kennels, a walled kitchen garden and an Italian formal garden.

The house was occupied, in the build up to D Day, by a transport unit of the American Army. In the years following it became a home to 3 different schools and is best remembered for the last being Gramercy Hall School. 

It closed in 2004 and abandoned until 2008, when the council sort to sell it for private development. Fortunately for the community, however, it was secured by a newly formed Lupton House Trust and now provides an excellent wedding venue, a place to enjoy refreshments and a host of learning opportunities.  


Born June 16, 1969. I have lived in Brixham since 1985. I used to be a fisherman until I suffered a spinal cord injury in May 1986. Since then I have been confined to a wheelchair. Hobbies include computing, amateur radio and carp fishing


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