The History of Modbury

Modbury lies in a hollow and is surrounded by the rolling hills and ridges of the South Hams in Devon.  Visitors are surprised and delighted by its dignified terraced houses, slate-hung walls, old shop windows and classical doorways – an urban landscape within a rural setting.

Church Street, Modbury 2004. Photograph by Alistair Davis.

The earliest documented history of Modbury is found in the Domesday Book and the town has seen many developments and events over the centuries including two civil war battles.  Today Modbury remains a thriving town with a strong community spirit.  The Heritage project aims to raise awareness

There were four partners who provided support for the project:

This website presents the four elements of the Heritage project.

  • A comprehensive database of historic information and parish records, provided by the Modbury History Society.
  • A selection of historic photographs from the Modbury Baker Collection that is currently held in the West Devon Records Office.
  • A record of the historic town sites in Modbury that have been identified with mounted plaques.
  • A timeline exhibition of ten panels of Modbury Heritage Topics.

This web site represents the completion of a Community Heritage Project, which has been funded by the Local Heritage Initiative, Lottery Fund, administered by The Countryside Agency, with additional funding from the Nationwide Building Society.