Wembury has a diverse history: from holiday camp and inspiration for the famous Forsyte Saga to a major naval gunnery school.
Founding of St. Werburgh Church above Wembury Beach.
First mention of a mill at Wembury Beach.
A local man is sentenced to spend seven years living on the Mewstone.
The famous artist JMW Turner lands on the Mewstone and makes several sketches.
Records report a short-lived furnace for barking nets close to Cellars Beach and a short-lived pilchard fishery.
A terrible storm damages the Wembury mill and causes the brig 'John' to wash onto the Blackstone Rocks.
Samuel Wakeham marries and settles with his family on the Mewstone. Protecting the island from poachers he also lives a dual life as a smuggler.
The mill at Wembury falls into disuse.
Plans to build a huge passenger port here, stretching from Wembury Point to Gara Point, are rejected by the House of Lords.
John Galsworthy visits Wembury in order to research his family history, this provides the inspiration for Soames Forsyte’s similar quest in 'Swan Song', Book 6 of the Forsyte Saga.
The Langdon Estate sells the Mewstone.
Wembury Point is sold and developed into two holiday camps.
Ida Sebag-Montefiore gives Wembury Cliffs to the National Trust to protect them from development.
The National Trust acquires Wembury Mill, now used as a café.
The Ministry of Defence requisitions Wembury Point and builds a radar station, observation posts and anti-aircraft guns.
The HMS Cambridge Gunnery School is established at Wembury Point.
HMS Cambridge Gunnery School is decommissioned.
The National Trust buys both Wembury Point and the Mewstone turning the latter into a nature reserve and returning the former to its natural environment.