Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer. 1870

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Transcribed by Deborah O'BRIEN

Checked by Val HENDERSON

Pages 839 - 840

  MEAVY is a parish and village in Tavistock union, containing, by the census of 1861, 269 inhabitants, and 3289 acres; in the deanery of Tamerton, archdeaconry of Totnes, diocese of Exeter, hundred of Roborough, South Devonshire; 7 miles south-east from Tavistock, and 10 north-east from Plymouth, near the borders of Dartmoor Forest, on the small River Mew, a feeder of the Plym, from which its name is derived. The rectory, in the incumbency of the Rev. John Abbott, M.A., had the tithes commuted, in 1839, at £224 10s. per annum, and has residence and 23 acres of glebe land; it is in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, is of the 14th century, and consists of nave, chancel, north aisle and south transept, with tower and six bells. The Baptists have a place of worship here, and there is a National School for children of both sexes. The Meavy China Clay Company (limited), have a bed of clay in this parish, which is floated in a liquid state through pipes about 1½ miles into the adjoining parish of Shaugh Prior, in which the manufactory is carried on. The late Sir Ralph Lopes left the interest of £300 to be divided among the poor annually. Sir Massey Lopes, Bart., is Lord of the manor, and he and Sir T.T.F.E. Drake, are the principal landowners. An old mansion in this parish was once the residence of Sir Francis Drake.

  BRISWORTHY (which is a contraction of BRITTISWORTHY), GOODAMEAVY, 2 miles south-west, HOMEAVY, 1 mile west, and LOETON**, three-quarters of a mile south-east, are hamlets of this parish.

Clergy and Gentry.

Abbott Rev. John, M.A., The Rectory

Deacon James, Esq., Homeavy

Scobell Edwin, Esq., Goodameavy house

Scobell Rev. George R., vicar of Shaugh Prior

Trades and Professions.

Andrews Henry, farmer, Meavy Barton

Andrews William, farmer, Gratton

Atwill Mark, farmer, Loveton

Blatchford Wm., farmer, Higher Loveton

Bowden Robert, farmer, Brisworthy

Brown William, blacksmith

Chudleigh Richard, farmer, Brisworthy

Foot John, farmer, Lake

Hannaford Mrs., farmer, Calisham

Helyer Richard, farmer, Warrens

Luscombe Saml., farmer, Loveton Bastard

Mattacott Wm., farmer, Higher Loveton

Moses Abraham, parish clerk

Moses Richard, farmer, South Lake

Northmore John, farmer, Goodameavy

Northmore Mrs. Sarah, farmer, Lower Goodameavy

Palmer George, farmer, Higher Lake

Rowe Joseph, farmer, Heron's Pit

Smale Henry , "Royal Oak"

Taverner —, farmer, Belliver

Tozer Aaron, farmer, Greeneville

Tregillus Charles, miller, Meavy mills

Tuckett —, farmer, Loveton

Vanstone James, shopkeeper

Williams Mrs. James, farmer

Wills Napoleon, farmer, Loveton


Post Office - Miss Dingle, sub-postmistress. Letters from Tavistock at 9 a.m.; dispatched at 4.50 p.m. Tavistock is the nearest money order office


National School - Miss Dingle, mistress

Transcript Notes.

** LOETON should read LOVETON






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