Canonteign Barton was the large late Tudor seat of the Davie family who had acquired the previously monastic estate after the Dissolution. The old house was in gentle decay for many years but rescued in 1972-75. Nearby the roofless ruin of the Engine House of Wheel Exmouth Lead Mine has been converted into a dwelling.
Canonteign House is an elegant white neo-classical mansion built for Captain Pellow, later second Viscount Exmouth, in 1828. The Lady Exmouth Falls at Canonteign Falls are reputedly the highest manmade waterfall in England, descending for over 70m. This Victorian folly is fed by a leat (artificial watercourse). The leat and waterfall was constructed in 1890 under the direction of the third Lady Exmouth by local miners who had been made resundant after the closure of the Estate's silver mines. There are attractive walks in the woodland leading to Lady Exmouth Falls, passing by a natural waterfall, Clampitt Falls.
Canonteign Barton listed Grade I. Canonteign House, Chudleigh Lodge and stone walls and gate piers all listed Grade II
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