Milton Abbot  Devon


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Milton Abbot like this:

MILTON-ABBOT, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in Tavistock district, Devon. The village stands 1½ mile E of the river Tamar, at the boundary with Cornwall, and 6¼ NW of Tavistock r. station; is a pleasant place; and has a post office under Tavistock, and a fair on the Wednesday after 20 July. ...

The parish contains also the hamlets of Chillaton, Edgcumbe, Foghanger, and Quither. Acres, 6,617. Real property, £8,540; of which £10 are in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 1,242; in 1861,1,062. Houses, 220. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged to Tavistock abbey; went, at the dissolution, to Lord Russell; and belongs now to the Duke of Bedford. Endsleigh is a villa-seat of the Duke of Bedford; stands amid romantic scenery on the river Tamar; was built in 1810, after designs by Sir G. Wyattville; presents an aspect of remarkable but picturesque irregularity; and has grounds with features of striking interest, including the Dairy dell, the Alpine garden with a Swiss cottage, and the Terrace commanding a very beautiful view. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £557.* Patron, the Duke of Bedford. The church is later English, and has a pinnacled tower. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Bible Christians, a boys' free school, a girls' free school, and charities £6. -The sub-district contains also four other parishes and part of another. Acres, 22,746. Pop., 4,728. Houses, 927.

Milton Abbot through time

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

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


Date accessed: 05th December 2021

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