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Welcome to Hemyock Castle

Next Public Open Day: Bank Holiday Monday 27th August 2018, 2 to 5pm

Note. The Blackdown Hills AONB website & leaflet are wrong: There is a small 1GBP entry charge.

New Book: "Country Cures & Cider" Vol. 6 of Hemyock Memories Kindle series
Also Read: "Complete WWII Box Set" Vol. 5, recently published on Kindle
All proceeds from the Hemyock Memories books go to Hemyock's Blackdown Support Group charity.

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Hemyock Castle is a privately owned residential site & scheduled Ancient Monument, normally only opened to the public during special open days on Bank Holiday Mondays (2 to 5 pm) between Easter and September.

On our open days, visitors can view the substantial remains of Hemyock Castle's towers, walls, moat, grounds; and visit its display areas.

The remains of a moated, rare late 14th century castle surround a much older manor house. During the 17th century English Civil War, the castle was garrisoned for Parliament. The Royalists attacked twice, eventually besieging and capturing Hemyock Castle. Afterwards, the castle was slighted (destroyed). Subsequently the site evolved to become a farm, and later a private home. Former outbuildings have also been converted into homes.

Hemyock Castle is set in the Culm Valley amongst the now tranquil Blackdown Hills in Devon England, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just a few miles from the M5 Motorway and Taunton.

Although situated in the heart of Hemyock village, the castle site is screened by trees and walls, so surprisingly little can be seen from the road. The whole site is enclosed by substantial walls, fences and gates.


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Photo of Gatehouse at Hemyock Castle, Devon.

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Celebrating 100 years of Votes for Women in Britain: 1918 to 2018

Photo of Mrs. Prem presenting a section of new fishing net to a Sri Lankan Tsunami widow.

In 1918, many women in Britain aged over 30 (re)gained the right to vote in elections. Ten years later in 1928, this was extended to all women (and men) aged over 21. In fact until the 1832 "Great Reform Act" abolished it, some wealthier women such as Mrs. Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe had previously had the right to vote: As well as banning many unsatisfactory electorial practices, this 1832 reform act had also restricted voting in future to only men.

Many visitors to Hemyock Castle met "Prem," who stayed at the Castle while studying at SCAT and Bridgwater College; working part-time at Musgrove Park NHS Hospital in Taunton.

Hambantota, her coastal region of southern Sri Lanka, was badly affected by the 2004 Asian Tsunami. Many thousands of people were killed, fishing boats were smashed, houses and businesses wrecked, and fertile farming land was inundated with salty sea water.

Prem survived and moved to higher ground, looking after her family and some tourists. Prem then worked hard as a volunteer, using friends' generous donations very effectively to help the survivors to help themselves: Read more about Prem's Village Fund for Tsunami Relief. 100% of the donations was used to help the survivors: Nothing was deducted for costs or expenses.


Commemorations: End of World War Two

To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII; Our 1995 book "Hemyock's Memories of War," has been extensively re-organised, re-edited & republished on Kindle; sold in aid of Hemyock's Blackdown Support Group charity. This book contains first-hand accounts of life during World War Two 1939–1945, collected in 1995 from over 75 Hemyock residents as part of the 50th anniversary. Over 130 of the photographs have been uploaded to YouTube, as a series of four HD slide shows.


Bicentenary of Britain's 1807 Anti-Slavery Law.

General Simcoe's and Canada's Role.

During 2007, there were many commemorations of Britain's 1807 law which outlawed the trans-Atlantic slave trade. However, Canada's vital role as a safe haven for escaped slaves is now less well known: Read more about Canada's 1793 abolition of slavery & the secret "Underground Railroad" which save so many lives.


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