Oreston  Devon


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

ORESTON, a village in Plymstock parish, Devon; on Plymouth sound, 2 miles S S E of Plymouth. It is a large place; had a battery of the royalists in the civilwars of Charles I.; and has now a post-office under Plymouth, ship-building yards, and Independent and Wesleyan chapels. Quarries adjacent to it furnished all thelimestone employed in the construction of Plymouthbreakwater; and they now exhibit a remarkable extent of ground, shivered into broken cliffs and cumbrousdebris. ...

Many bones of hyenas, elephants, rhinoceroses, wolves, deer, and other animals of warmer climates thanthat of England, were found in fissures during the progress of quarrying; and the animals are supposed to havefallen into cracks of the rocks, and to have, in course oftime, become inhumed by dis integrations from the sides of the cracks, and by driftings of soil from above.

Oreston through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 17th June 2024

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