Peter & Joyce Carew


The grave next to Winifred Fortescue in Opio cemetery is that of Peter Carew, the headstone reads, ‘Remember Peter Carew of Devon’.

In 1949 Joyce Carew, (Sir John Fortescue's niece), and her husband Peter, purchased the house called the 'The Bastide' on the hill, close to Winifred Fortescue's home and Elizabeth Starr's former home at 'Castello Saint Peire'. Perhaps Winifred's powers of persuasion had worked once more. It had been on Carew land at Manaton in North Devon that she had first parked her caravan on her flight from Many Waters, Sussex in 1942.

The Carews kept the Bastide for only two years, but it was an important time to be there in Winifred's life as she was now back on the hill, almost alone. Peter Carew died two years after Winifred Fortescue in 1953 whilst re-visiting Opio.

He was the author of a book titled 'Combat and Carnival', published in 1954 by Constable, London. The book is an account of the life of the English privileged upper classes in peace and war covering the period from the time of the French Revolution to the Crimean War.

Colonel Peter Fitzwilliam CAREW, (the son of Rev Henry William CAREW and Maud Elizabeth TAYLOR), was married on the 10th April 1919. He married the author of a book called 'Dusty Pages', written and self published by Joyce Margaret Fortescue (Carew), under her married name in 1972/1973. It is the story of two families and their homes, Castle Hill, Clovelly and Moyles Court in Hants. Castle Hill is still the Fortescue family seat and the Fane family own Moyles Court.

Joyce was born on 13th March 1892 and was the daughter of Sir John Fortescue's younger brother, Captain Arthur Grenville Fortescue of the Coldstream Guards who died on the 3rd October 1895 . Joyce died on 19th August 1974.

A visitor to the website, Adam Ralph, has kindly provided an extract from 'Dusty Pages' which includes some information about John & Winifred's life. Click here to view the extract.

Tim Carew, son of Peter & Joyce, also became an author writing, amongst others, 'All this and a medal too'. It was published in 1954. A brief description:1954 by Constable.252pp. Recording events which took place in the author's life between 1937 and 1950 during which time he was in the Royal Horse Guards and then the Parachute Regiment in World War 2. Later he was with the Ghurkhas in Burma where he won the Military Cross.

Opio Village from the cemetery

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Thanks to Adam Ralph for supplying the 'Dusty Pages' extract - Photo P. Martin