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Great Duryard, Exeter

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'...A noted dyer of Exeter....Sir Thomas Jefford is said to have built Great Duryard House, when he died, in 1703.'[1]

1807 Mansion house advertised to be let with lawn of 12 acres and pasture land of 14 to 84 acres.[2]

1809 Death of Miss Knaggs at Great Duryard, late of London.[3]

1813 House for sale - the property of Miss Smith.[4]

1824 Death of Frances the wife of James Somerville Fownes of London. She died at Great Duryard.[5]

1834 Death of Bridget Mary the wife of Francis Cross of Great Duryard, and eldest daughter of the late William Ilbert of Bowringsleigh in this county.[6]

1841 Living at Great Duryard, Exeter: Francis Cross (age c65), Independent.[7]

1849 House with 18 acres for sale - gentleman about to leave the area.[8]

1851 Living at Great Duryard, Exeter: Harriett Cross (age 78 born Exeter).[9]

1853 House for sale with walled gardens and 18 acres.[10]

1861 Resident is William Barnes

1892 Resident is William Barnes

1897 Resident is George Gerard Longden

1900 Legal case over bad drains at the house.[11]

1902 Resident is George Gerard Longden

1903 Property for sale.[12]

1910 Resident is Captain Herbert Durrell Terry

1919 Resident is Rudolf Wissmann

1923 Resident is W. R. H. Chappel

1930 Resident is Frederick Coleman Hunter

1936 Great Duryard and 14 acres purchased by the University College of the South West of England at a total cost of £5,327.[13][14]

1936 It was renamed Thomas Hall after Charles Vivian Thomas, a Cornish businessman who helped fund its transfer to the University

See Thomas Hall, Exeter

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Sources of Information

  1. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette Daily Telegrams - Monday 31 July 1876
  2. Exeter Flying Post - Thursday 10 September 1807
  3. Exeter Flying Post - Thursday 02 February 1809
  4. Exeter Flying Post - Thursday 23 September 1813
  5. Exeter Flying Post - Thursday 29 July 1824
  6. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 28 June 1834
  7. 1841 Census
  8. Exeter Flying Post - Thursday 31 May 1849
  9. 1851 Census
  10. Exeter Flying Post - Thursday 03 March 1853
  11. Tiverton Gazette (Mid-Devon Gazette) - Tuesday 03 July 1900
  12. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 08 May 1903
  13. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 27 March 1936
  14. Western Times - Thursday 25 March 1937