Beer Ferris

Beer Ferris

Transcribed from - Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer. 1870

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 Transcribed by Peter RUTHERFORD

Checked by Val HENDERSON


Pages 803 - 804

  BEER FERRIS (or BEER FERRERS) is a village and parish in Tavistock union, containing, by the census of 1861, 2847 inhabitants, and 6838 acres, including the ancient disfranchised borough of BEER ALSTON; in the deanery of Tamerton, archdeaconry of Totnes, hundred of Roborough, South Devonshire; 8 miles north-west from Plymouth, and 9 south-east from Tavistock, bounded on the west by the river Tamar, and on the east by the river Tavey. The rectory, in the incumbency of the Rev. Walter W. B. Ponsonby, M.A., had the tithes commuted, in 1842, at £750 per annum, with residence and 120 acres of glebe, and is in the patronage of the Earl of Mount-Edgcumbe. The church is an ancient edifice, dedicated to St. Andrew, in the Middle Pointed and Perpendicular styles, principally erected in 1333, consisting of nave, chancel, north and south transepts, and tower with six bells.

  BEER ALSTON, formerly a borough, which was disfranchised by the Reform Act of 1832, is a small market town, about 3 miles north from Beer Ferris. The right of election for this borough was vested in all landowners who paid threepence per annum to the lords of the manor, who had the power to create as many burgage tenants as he thought well, by which means he could always secure the election, whose franchise ceased immediately the election was over. A chapel-of-ease, in the Early English style, was erected here in 1845. The Bible Christians, Independents, Wesleyans, and Wesleyan Reformers have each places of worship here. There is a Free School for sixteen poor children, which was founded and endowed by Sir John Maynard, sergeant-at-law, during the reigns of Oliver Cromwell and Charles II. There are also two other schools on the National principle. Earl Mount-Edgcumbe is lord of the manor and chief owner of the soil.

Clergy and Gentry.

Mayne Rev. John Pascoe, curate

Ponsonby the Hon. and Rev. Walter W.B., M.A., The Rectory

Roberts, Mrs. E.

Wisher Mr. John, Gnatham


Trades and Professions.

Bishop John, beer retailer, Lopwell

Bloye James, farmer, Halwell

Clifton William, farmer, Newhouse

Cook Edmund, "Devonport" inn

Cudlip Robert, gardener

Cudlip Mrs. Sarah, baker

Fuge John, "Plough"

Gale John, farmer, Gnatham

Hamley Charles, coal and timber merchant

Hamlyn James, farmer, Ley

Jackson John, farmer, Clamock

Knill Thomas, gardener and parish clerk, Well

Mill Edward, farmer, Cleave

Oliver George, farmer, New park

Proctor Joseph, shopkeeper

Proctor Oliver, assistant overseer

Salt Philip, farmer, Gnatham

Sanders Samuel, shopkeeper

Trevethan John, farmer, Stone

Westlake Isaiah, blacksmith

Williams John, farmer, Beer Barton

Wills Nicholas, farmer, Shutecombe



Clergy and Gentry.

Barnard Mr. Thomas, Tamar cottage

Brighton Mr. Henry, Lockridge

Foote Mr. Jacob

Frise Mr. George

Gill Mr. Reginald, North Ward

Hill Rev. William (Independent)


Trades and Professions.

Ball Henry, farmer

Ball Mrs. Mary, shopkeeper and sub-postmistress

Ball Samuel, boatman

Ball William, farmer, Barn

Bate John, farmer

Borley George, farmer, North Hool

Bragg Miss Mary, farmer, Collytown

Bray Thomas, farmer, Batten

Brighton George, farmer, Butt's pill

Brighton Nelson, farmer, Collins

Channon Sampson, farmer, Lockridge

Dennis James, shopkeeper, Cotts

Dodd William, farmer, Hillwell

Dodd William, jun., farmer, Rumley


Frise William, shopkeeper

German William, farmer, North ward

Goss Mrs. Eliza, farmer, Anderton

Gribbins Elijah, "Cornish" inn

Hamlyn Sampson, farmer, Great Braunder

Henwood John, "Commercial" inn

James Henry, miller, Dedham bridge

James William, "Passage House" inn

Jasper John, farmer, Warren

Kingdon John, farmer, Underways

Knuckey James, shopkeeper

Lane Mrs. Eliza, farmer, Lower Rumley

Langman Mrs. Ann, shopkeeper

Langman James, butcher

Langman Nicholas, butcher

Langman Robert, farmer, Ley

Langman William, farmer, Furse hill

Langman William, farmer, Stymford

Luxmoor Miss Mary, shopkeeper

Maddeford Richard, tailor and mercer

Martin Richard, farmer, Rumley

Matters Richard, farmer, Woollacombe

Matthews Mrs. Jane, farmer, South Birch

Matthews Robert, farmer, Down

Maynard Miss T., shopkeeper

Maynard Peter, carpenter

Parker Thomas, School

Pode William, mason

Rich Mrs. Amelia, farmer, Easonage

Rich Mrs. Mary Ann, farmer, Ashing

Richards James, "Edgcumbe Arms," and blacksmith

Richards John, basketmaker, Hall's hole

Richards John, carpenter

Rowe Mrs. Elizabeth, farmer

Rowe Oliver, farmer, Helston

Rowe Richard, farmer. Philley

Rule Richard, farmer

Skews Samuel Daw, shopkeeper

Smith Mrs. Mary, "Victoria" inn

Spur Richard, farmer, Hole

Waycott John, farmer, Hewton

Westlake William, carpenter

Wilcocks Mrs. Mary, shopkeeper

Wills Mrs. Martha, farmer, Birch


Post Office, Beer Alston - Mrs. Mary Ball, sub-postmistress. Letters from Tavistock arrive at 11.30 a.m.; dispatched at 3.10 p.m. Tavistock is the nearest money order office.

Post Office, Beer Ferris - Letters from Roborough arrive at 9 a.m.; dispatched at 3 p.m. Plymouth is the nearest money order office.


School, Beer Ferris - Mrs. Pomeroy, mistress


Endowed School, Beer Alston - Thomas Parker, master

National School - Mrs. Luke, mistress

Day School - Mrs. H. Honey, mistress





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