Huge land owners during the 18th and 19th Century and before, the Acland Family were reputed to own so much of Devon that they could walk from the North to the South coast on their own land.
The principle seat of the Aclands was Killerton House in South Devon, now owned and managed by the National Trust, Click here, although the branch of the Acland family most associated with Little Bray were based at Fairfield
Lands at Little Bray appear to have been in Acland ownership for almost 350 years, but only Thomas Palmer Acland actually lived here. From 1801 until his death in 1844. It was not until 1919 that the estate, extending to some 6000 acres was broken up, sold as one of their "smaller" estates, we believe to cover death duties for Sir C T D Acland.
Below is a summary timeline of the history of Little Bray as we know it. We are grateful when we receive any further information that can be added to this, so please feel free to contact us if you have anything to add!
By all accounts TP Acland was a successful merchant seaman in his own right, this has lead to tales of piracy affording him this estate, but these appear to be heresay!
These photos are postcards offered for sale to guests during this period.