Exploring the past

Let's journey through time to see how Widey Court has evolved, celebrating the legacy that continues to inspire our community today.

Ancient Times

The site, located in the parish of Eggbuckland, was originally known as Wida, Wide, or Widhi. This was due to the presence of withy beds that grew near a spring still in existence.

Domesday Book Era

The house was initially under the ownership of a Saxon named Wadelo. As time progressed, it was passed on to the Norman Lord, Robert Albemarle.


A significant milestone saw Sir Francis Drake embarking on a project to divert water from Dartmoor to Plymouth. He initiated the building of six grist mills, including two at Widey.

1643, Civil War

Widey Court gained prominence when King Charles I selected it as his headquarters during the Civil War. It became a strategic location with multiple regiments stationed around Plymouth.

Sabbath Day Fight

The King's nephew, Prince Maurice, launched an attack on Plymouth from Widey. Despite their efforts, they faced defeat at Freedom Fields, an event annually commemorated by the Old Plymouth Society.

King's Visit

In memory of King Charles I's visit, Yeoman Hele planted a yew tree at Widey Court, later shaping it into the form of a heart.

King Charles II

Legends tell of King Charles II taking refuge in a stable at Higher Widey during his flight from England.

Commonwealth Period

The Morshead family became the custodians of Widey Court for many generations during this era.


The St. Aubyn Estate took ownership of Widey Court, marking a change in its proprietorship.


During WWII, the house was requisitioned for use by the City Police. It became home to Sergeant Benjamin Ernest Frowde and his family. It also served as a training ground for War Reserve Policemen.


The historical Widey Court was demolished. In its place rose the Widey Court Primary School, preserving the legacy of the site.


In a move to honor the past, stone gate columns from the now-demolished Widey Lodge were erected near the Manadon roundabout. "Widey Court Walk" officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth.

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