Doverhay, Porlock, Somerset, TA24 8QB. United Kingdom

Dovery Manor Museum

At the historic village of Porlock, in the Exmoor National Park, UK

The Manor Today

The Entrance, is a Victorian addition and was for some years the caretaker’s cottage.  It contains a fine collection of photos of the infamous Porlock Hill and a map of historical sites.

The Great Hall contains paintings and artefacts related to the area and information about the poets and painters who visited, lived and worked in Porlock.

On the steep and twisting staircase there are painted figures in the costume of the 1500s.

In the Upper Room there is a natural history cabinet, household, school and trade artefacts. Just off the room is the ‘garderobe’, an early lavatory.

The next room is the Manor’s Solar which is used for special exhibitions, talks, plays and musical events.

The Manor building and grounds are owned by Porlock Parish Council who delegate its landlord's reponsibilities to Dovery Manor Management Committee.

Dovery Manor Museum is a Charitable Trust and tenant of the property. A committee of enthusiastic volunteers administer  the museum's activities. 

It is however, the band of faithful stewards which allow the museum to open each day. This team of volunteers, managed by a most efficient co-ordinator, give their time freely on a rota basis. The Museum Committee wish to record their most grateful thanks, as without them, the museum would not function.  

Please contact us if you would like to volunteer a couple of hours each week as a museum steward.

The History of Dovery Manor

Dovery Manor dates from 1450 and was built on the site of a much earlier building built on land assigned to Isabella, the widow of Sir Simon Roges. In the time of Henry VIII it is believed to have been occupied by Walter Popham and may have continued to serve as the dower house to Court Place, which was the only other grand building in the village at that time. Court Place was destroyed by fire in the 1800s, it had occupied an elevated and central position on the road to Porlock Weir.

Dovery Manor would have been a prestigious dwelling, partially made of Welsh stone, with handsome oak beamed ceilings, richly traceried windows and stone fireplaces. It is a fine example of a small 15th C manor house

A Wonderful 15th Century Manor House