Holcombe Rogus

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Holcombe Rogus
Holcombe Rogus church next to Holcombe Court - geograph.org.uk - 807455.jpg
All Saints Church, Holcombe Rogus, viewed from the east; the porch tower of Holcombe Court is visible behind
Holcombe Rogus is located in Devon
Holcombe Rogus
Holcombe Rogus
Location within Devon
Population503 (2001 Census)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTA21
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°57′40″N 3°20′35″W / 50.961°N 3.343°W / 50.961; -3.343Coordinates: 50°57′40″N 3°20′35″W / 50.961°N 3.343°W / 50.961; -3.343

Holcombe Rogus is a village and civil parish in the English county of Devon. The population of the parish is 503.[1]

The manor house known as Holcombe Court was built by the Bluett family. It is situated to the immediate west of the parish church, hidden behind a high boundary wall, and is described as "perhaps the finest Tudor house in Devon". The last element of the village's name – often mistranscribed as Regis – is that of the tenant of the manor at the time of the Domesday book in 1086. A coombe (Welsh: cwm) – the second element – is a west-country term for "valley". In ancient times this often represented a good place to put housing.

By 1812, progress was being made with the construction of the Grand Western Canal, but it was hampered by rock cuttings at Holcombe Rogus, from which springs of water gushed, and there was a need to line some sections with puddle clay to prevent leakage. Lime kilns were constructed to provide the materials, which can still be seen beside the canal,[2] close to the Waytown Tunnel.[3]

Holcombe Court, Holcombe Rogus, the historic seat of the Bluett family
Limekilns at Waytown. A bank of limekilns on the Grand Western Canal, cleared of undergrowth in 2004


  1. ^ Parish statistics, Neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved on 2009-09-18.
  2. ^ "Waytown Limekilns". historicengland.org.uk. Retrieved 6 December 2007.
  3. ^ "Waytown Tunnel". historicengland.org.uk. Retrieved 6 December 2007.

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