Hemyock Castle

Hemyock Castle was in use from 1380 until the 1660s. In 1459 when the future Edward IV, the Earl of March, realised that the army assembled to support Henry VI at Ludlow was far larger than his meagre force and his father, the Duke of York slipped away to his lands in Ireland, Edward turned to his Captain Sir John Dynham to carry him off to a safe haven. Sir John Dynham owned Hemyock Castle and also, crucially Hartland Abbey with its Quay on the western corner of North Devon so managed to extract Edward from danger in England and sail him off to Calais where the Yorkist General, the Earl of Warwick, was based. Within 2 years Edward was 19 and supported by a large army on the south Coast marched on London in triumph and take the crown of England. For more information on the history of Hemyock Castle go to
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