In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Stoke Damerel like this:
STOKE-DAMEREL, a suburb, a parish, and a district, in Devon. The suburb adjoins the NE side of Devonport; contains edificed terraces and numerous villas; and commands superb views over Plymouth sound. The parish contains also Morice-Town and Devonport, and is all included in Devonport burgh. Post town, Devonport. Acres, 2,380; of which 565 are water. Real property, £111,500; of which £2,546 are in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 38,180; in 1861, 50,440. Houses, 4,189. The manor belonged, from the Norman conquest till the time of Edward III., to the Damerels; and passed to successively the Wises, the Morices, and the St. ...
Aubyns. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, not reported.* Patrons, the Trustees of the late Sir J. Aubyn. The church is plain but spacious. The p. curacy of Morice-Town and the six p. curacies of Devonport are separate benefices.The district is conterminate with the parish; and is cut into the sub-districts of Stoke, Tamar, Morice, Clowance, and St. Aubyn. Poor rates in 1863, £10,575. Marriages in 1863, 607; births, 1,736,-of which 66 were illegitimate; deaths, 107,-of which 534 were at ages under 5 years, and 20 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 5,912; births, 13,776; deaths, 10,163. The places of worship, in 1851, were 10 of the Church of England, with 8,359 sittings; 6 of Independents, with 3,089 s.; 3 of Baptists, with 1,736 s.; 1 of Unitarians, with 300 s.; 4 of Wesleyans, with 2,577 s.; 1 of Bible Christians, with 362 s.; 1 of the Wesleyan Association, with 268 s.; 1 of Wesleyan Reformers, with 80 s.; 1 of Moravians, with 300 s.; 3 undefined, with 1,020 s.; and 1 of Latter Day Saints, with 300 s. The schools were 17 public day-schools, with 2,610 scholars; 86 private day-schools, with 2,517 s.; and 22 Sunday schools, with 3,617 s. The workhouse has capacity for 700 inmates.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Stoke Damerel, in Plymouth and Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 27th May 2015
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