Mrs Homeyard's Shaldon legacy :: Shared Description

The Homeyard name recurs in Shaldon. Maria Laetitia Kempe Roberts married the entrepreneur William Homeyard in 1907. He made his fortune from a cough remedy 'Liqufruta' which was manufactured in Camberwell for over 30 years. The couple both had West Country roots and from 1921 owned a second home, 'Ness Cottage' at the eastern end of Horse Lane above Shaldon. William died aged 73 in 1927; his gravestone in St Nicholas' churchyard, Ringmore, is inscribed ATURFUQIL.

Now a wealthy widow, the energetic Maria invested some of her fortune in property development in Shaldon. The village at that time was confined to the flat riverside land; Maria built on the steep north-facing hillside above. In less than 10 years she built 54 houses. The first project was up the Torquay Road: four semi-detached bungalows called Cartref around 1929. Just down the Torquay Road came The Hamiltons: eight large chalet-style houses for professional families. For workers she built Homeyard Cottages, terraced houses in blocks of four and six above and behind North View. East of Homeyards along to Horse Lane Maria developed a new road, Broadlands, lined with bungalows (much altered since).

The building works and all the associated transactions and procurement created work for local tradesmen and professionals in the lean 1930s. At the same time she had the Camberwell factory rebuilt; she laid out her public pleasure gardens, the Homeyards Botanical Gardens along the hillside, with the neighbouring allotments. Maria died in 1944 and the Ness Cottage Estate was sold in 1945.

All this and more may be found in the booklet 'Aturfuqil's Shaldon' by Lisa Pash, driving force behind the restoration of the Botanical Gardens.
by Robin Stott
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SX9372 : Homeyards Botanic Garden, terraces by Robin Stott
SX9372 : Homeyards Botanic Garden, trees by Robin Stott
SX9372 : Teignmouth harbour from Broadlands by Robin Stott
SX9274 : Down Moor View Drive (1), Teignmouth by Robin Stott
SX9372 : The Homeyards by Robin Stott
SX9372 : Entrance to Fonthill, Torquay Road by Robin Stott
SX9372 : Climbing east in Homeyards Botanical Gardens, Shaldon by Robin Stott
SX9372 : South side of Broadlands by Robin Stott
SX9372 : Junction of Broadlands with Horse Lane by Robin Stott
SX9372 : West end of Broadlands, east end of Homeyards by Robin Stott
SX9372 : Shaldon and west Teignmouth from Torquay Road by Robin Stott
SX9372 : East end of North View by Robin Stott
SX9372 : Homeyards Botanic Garden, the Fort by Robin Stott
SX9372 : Houses, west end of the Hamiltons by Robin Stott
SX9372 : No.7 The Hamiltons by Robin Stott
SX9372 : Houses above Torquay Road A379 by Robin Stott
SX9372 : Steps up to the Homeyards houses by Robin Stott
SX9372 : The Hamiltons by Robin Stott
SX9372 : Steps and sign for Homeyards Botanical Garden by Robin Stott
SX9372 : Homeyards allotments by Robin Stott
SX9372 : Southeast gate, Homeyards Botanical Garden by Robin Stott
SX9372 : Information board, Homeyards Botanical Garden by Robin Stott
SX9372 : West end of Broadlands looking west by Robin Stott
SX9372 : Frontages, the Homeyards houses by Robin Stott


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Created: Wed, 29 Aug 2012, Updated: Wed, 29 Aug 2012

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