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Powderham is a hamlet in South Devon, 5 miles from Exeter and beside the estuary of the River Exe.

The parish church dates from the 15th century.

Powderham Castle has been the seat of the Courtenay family, Earls of Devon, since the late 14th century. Much of the present building is 18th century, and it is splendidly furnished and decorated, with a delightful chapel. It has a beautiful deer park, and until the 18th century the river came right up to its walls.

The politician Lord Halifax, George VI`s choice for Prime Minister over Winston Churchill, was born here.

Powderham Castle was also the home until he died in 2004 of Timothy Tortoise, Britain`s oldest resident, believed to have been born in 1844.

Places in Powderham

Powderham Castle