Watermouth Castle and Theme Park was originally built in 1825 by Arthur Davie Basset for his bride Harriet. It is worth noting that the Basset’s are recorded in the Domesday Book, having come to Britain with William the Conqueror. Then in 1977 the near derelict Castle was bought by Richard Haines and his family, who with a bit of foresight, a lot of hard work and unfaltering dedication turned it into what it has become today; one of North Devon’s premier tourist attractions with entertainment for all the family.
The family apartments, kitchen and dairy at Watermouth Castle, show that around 40 domestics were employed in the running of this Victorian Estate.
The last descendant of the Basset family moved from Watermouth Castle to Scotland around 1945 and the Castle then had a number of different owners. During that time there was very little change to the building and gardens, and they consequently began to deteriorate.
In 1916 the Castle at Watermouth Castle was used as a Convalescent Home for Army Officers wounded in the First World War, and during the Second World War it was H.Q. for P.L.U.T.O., Pipe-Line-Under-The- Ocean. There’s also a fantastic Rail Museum at WatermouthCastle.
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Walter Basset (grandson of Arthur Basset) was an engineer and built the first European Fairground Wheel designed by the American engineer Ferris. He then went on to construct the Giant Ferris Wheel in the late 1890’s which is still standing today in Prater Park, Vienna. Watermouth Castle
The existing evidence of a labyrinth of tunnels and fortification for the Harbour opposite suggests a smugglers haven at Watermouth Castle. The legendary Smugglers’ Tunnel is believed to have been blocked up in the latter half of the Nineteenth Century.
If you think kids and adults have loads of toys, gadgets and games these days, you will be surprised to see what range of mechanical magic was on offer a century ago – see the exhibition at Watermouth Castle!
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