Portledge Manor

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Portledge Manor
Portledge House Alwington Devon.jpeg
General information
Type House
Architectural style Elizabethan
Location Alwington, Devon, England
Coordinates 50°59′58″N 4°17′24″W / 50.99949°N 4.289877°W / 50.99949; -4.289877Coordinates: 50°59′58″N 4°17′24″W / 50.99949°N 4.289877°W / 50.99949; -4.289877
Construction started 13-17th centuries
Owner now owned by tony Buckingham of heritage oils

Portledge Manor is an English manor house in the parish of Alwington, southwest of Bideford, Devon. It and the land surrounding it belonged to the Coffin family, a noble family of Norman origin, for almost 1000 years.[1]


St Andrew's Church, Alwington, Devon
Arms of Coffin: Azure, three bezants between eight crosses crosslet or

The house sits on the edge of Bideford Bay, looking out over the Bristol Channel. The parish of Alwington and the surrounding area was given to the family by William the Conqueror, as part of a reward for loyalty and service during the Norman Conquest. Most of the current house dates from the 17th century, but parts of it have stood since the reign of King Henry III, circa 1234. The 13th-century arch of the chapel still stands and the Brew House remains from when hops were grown on the estate. The Great Hall's minstrel gallery was moved in the late 19th century to Alwington Church, a 15th-century church containing many monuments to the Coffin family. The dining-room retains a ceiling plastered with the family's coat of arms. The courtyard was roofed in and made into a new hall in the middle of the 18th century. There are many pieces of fine furniture, ancestral heirlooms, carved stone coats of arms, Spanish armour, and guns from the Spanish Armada. There is also a bell tower and a Spanish courtyard.[2] The estate's archive, a historical record going back over 700 years, was sold to the Devon Council for almost £50,000.[1] The family owned most of the surrounding villages, but the last of these were sold at auction in 1981. The estate itself was sold in 1998, after nine centuries in the Coffin family's hands. This was due to a dispute with Inland Revenue.[3]

It is now the home of Michael Cannon, pub entrepreneur and former owner of Fuddrucker's restaurant chain.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Adam Wilshaw (22 July 2010), A UNIQUE family archive which gives an insight into hundreds of years of life in North Devon could be secured for posterity by a council, Thisisnorthdevon.co.uk, retrieved 2010-08-28 
  2. ^ "Portledge and its owners". Bidefordbuzz.org.uk. 2010-08-01. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  3. ^ "The Pine-Coffin Saga; How the taxman forced a family to sell its stake in history". Thefreelibrary.com. 1996-08-16. Retrieved 2010-08-28. [dead link]
  4. ^ "A day with... The Wemmergill shoot". Shooting times. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  • Baring-Gould, Sabine (1907). Devon. London: Methuen & Co. 

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