All Saints Church, Holcombe Rogus, viewed from the east; the porch tower of Holcombe Court is visible behind
|Population||503 (2001 Census)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South West England|
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, close to the Waytown Tunnel.
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