The Beginning Of Highweek

As the child heir to the Manor of Teignwick was brought up with his guardians at Bradley Manor, the defensive castle at Teignwick was no longer needed and fell into disrepair and the Bushels developed the older settlement in the valley, on the north banks of the River Lemon.

Teignwick name was then changed to Highweek and the new Lord of the Manor’s territory was thought to be known as Schirebourne Newton, “new village beside a clear stream”, and a mill developed called Sherbourne Mill, which was functioning until the 1930s, when it was demolished to make way for the new cattle market on Sherbourne Road.

Sherbourne Road

Sherbourne Road


Newton Abbot At the Time of The Norman Conquest

At the death of Edward the Confessor on the 5th January 1066, the Manor of Teignwick was in the control of Orduff and he was still alive at the time of the Norman Conquest, which began on 28 September 1066. However after the conquest, Teignwick was transferred into the ownership of Robert, Half brother to William the Conqueror.

To prevent uprisings a defensive castle was built at Highweek

In 1066 Teign Gras (Teigngrace) was held by Ulf and Wolborough was controlled by Susard. After the conquest these manors were held by Ralph de Bruere under Baldwin the Sheriff

Bradley Manor was held by Edmer prior to the conquest, and after by the Norman Haimerie de Arcis, or Emery d’Arges

Newtone Manor passed from Aluric to Godebold.



Highweek Parish

Highweek Parish comprises the manors of Wick, or Teignwick, Bradley and perhaps a third manor of Schirebourne Newton. ‘Wick’ has a Latin root coming from the word ‘wic’ indicating a trading post with Royal Approval, hence Teignwick signifying a trading post on the River Teign. At the time of the Domesday’s record, 8 acres of woodland and 4 acres of meadowland were recorded equally between the Lord of the Manor and the workers, with 100 sheep and 28 goats. Highweek’s Parish Church, All Saints Church has a clear view to Teignmouth.

All Saints Church, Highweek, Newton Abbot

All Saints Church, Highweek, Newton Abbot The copyright on this image is owned by Derek Harper and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.
Description: English: All Saints Church, Highweek The church is in a dominant position on a hill overlooking Newton Abbot, and stands on its own away from other buildings. Date: 24 July 2008. Source: From Author: Derek Harper

Highweek Norman Castle

At Highweek are the remains of a Norman Castle, now in the form of a pile of stones and in the Domesday Book the Norman Castle was known to have a thriving community. It is thought that it was built on a pre-Norman civilisation site.

Highweek, Newton Abbot

Highweek, Newton Abbot