Ten years after he built the Theatre Royal, John Foulston had his own house built on Townsend Hill, a little to the north of this site. In the 1820s, Mutley Plain was little more than an undeveloped open road. Development took off in the mid 1850s when Messrs Ellery, Fowler and Bennett acquired the two fields known as the Mannameads. Having bought East and West Mannamead, they had the land laid out for a series of villas; in time, the whole area became known as Mannamead.
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