A Topographical Dictionary of England
Samuel Lewis (1831)
Transcript copyright Mel Lockie (Sep 2016)
TOR-MOHUN, or TOR-MOHAM, a parish in the hundred of HAYTOR, county of DEVON, 1¾ mile (N. W.) from Torquay, containing, with the chapelry of Torquay, 1925 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to that of Cockington, in the archdeaconry of Totness, and diocese of Exeter. The church has an elegant wooden screen, formerly painted and gilt, also an ancient stone font. Of thirty-two Premonstratensian monasteries in England, that of Torre, founded and endowed by William de Brewer, in 1196, was by far the richest: it was, dedicated to our Holy Saviour, the Virgin Mary, and the Holy Trinity, and, at the dissolution, had a revenue of £396. 0. 11. The situation of the abbey is most beautiful; and the remains of the church (which is said to have been richly furnished with cloth of gold), the chapter-house, &c., evince the former magnificence of the buildings: the old refectory has been converted into a Roman Catholic chapel, and of the three gateways mentioned by Leland, the only one now remaining is much admired for the beauty of its architectural proportions. The modern mansion of Torre Abbey is the seat of H. G. Carey, Esq., in whose family it has continued since 1662. On a hill, about half a mile from the church, are the remains of a chapel, which was dedicated to St. Michael.