Sir Humphrey Gilbert, a famous Elizabethan explorer, was born in an earlier house on the Greenway estate in 1539. His half-brother Sir Walter Raleigh also lived there. Raleigh popularised the use of tobacco in England, and according to legend, lit his first pipe at Greenway, causing a concerned servant to throw a jug of ale over him - believing his master was on fire!
Written by Mike Holgate
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|Written by||Mike Holgate|
|Organisation||Torbay Library Services|
|Format||colour photograph; 205 mm x 255 mm|
|Coverage||Devon. River Dart|
|Source||Torbay Library Services|
|Subject||Christie. Building. Home|
|Publisher||Torbay Library Services|
|Rights||Torbay Library Services|
|Keywords||Greenway Home Churston|