A few facts about Wilton Farm :
- The Farm dates back 300 years, with the Evans family working it for 53 of those years passing down from father to sons. We know that one side of the hedge on the farm is over 1,000 years old meaning there are elements that have stayed unchanged for over a millenia!
- But guess what? We don’t know why it’s called Wilton Farm!! There have been a lot of hypotheses over the years with one theory suggesting that this was once the site of a monastery that held a similar name…but the truth is we’re really not sure!
- Wilton Farm is a traditional mixed farm. For centuries, the South Hams has been known for farms that are both livestock & arable. There is not a clear indication as to why but history books remark on this region of the South West operating in this way. It could potentially be linked to the climate – ours is very much like the Channel Islands with crops growing earlier than the counties higher up (and even North Devon)
- There have been a few ghostly tales that have been recorded by the locals and the farms very own Paul Evans recalls seeing a lady riding side saddle on a horse before vanishing into a hedge. The tale goes that this lady died when her carriage was knocked over on the way to her wedding & haunts the Devonshire Bridge!
- A lot of the villagers have shared their stories about what South Pool was like during the war. The most famous story is probably that of Farmer Chase. A lot of people don’t realise that when the bombers had been over the big cities, and in this case Plymouth, they would drop any unused bombs on their way back home to conserve fuel. This meant various towns & villages were inadvertently damaged. This very thing happened to Farmer Chase one night with a bomb landing in his garden. The rumour goes that Farmer Chase was so shocked by the noise that he ran all the way from South Pool to North Pool in nothing but his night shirt! In fact, you can still see the imprint left from the bomb on the large farm on your left as you drive out of the village towards Kingsbridge
- On the subject of WW2, across from the farmhouse you can see a long farm up on the top of the hill opposite (see photo below). During the war, this was in fact an early warning station & was even used as a landing strip for planes during this time. One of the local villagers as a local boy even recalls having to hide under a hay cart as enemy aircraft would shoot down at the workmen in the fields
- There is a Napoleonic harbour built by French prisoners of war that can still be seen today – until recently it still had it’s wooden doors in place
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