Devonport  Devon


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Devonport like this:

Devonport, parl. and mun. bor., seaport, and market town, S. Devon, 231 miles SW. of London by rail -- parl. bor., 1950 ac., pop. 63,980; mun. bor., 1760 ac., pop. 48,939; 3 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday; stands on the Hamoaze, or estuary of the Tamar, contiguous to Plymouth, of which it is a sub-port, being one of "the three towns, " Plymouth, Stonehouse, and Devonport. ...

Until 1824 it was called Plymouth Dock. D. is the seat of one of the royal dockyards, and an important naval and military station. It is defended by a line of ramparts, and the sea entrance is protected by heavy batteries on Mount Wise. The royal dockyard, within the ramparts, covers 75 ac.; the Keyham steam dockyard, beyond the ramparts, covers 100 ac. In connection with the dockyards and fortifications are the gun wharf, the naval and military barracks, and extensive storehouses, factories, and foundries. The bor. returns 2 members to Parliament.

Devonport through time

Devonport is now part of Plymouth district. Click here for graphs and data of how Plymouth has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Devonport itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Devonport, in Plymouth and Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 14th June 2024

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