Bere Ferrers  Devon


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

BEER-FERRIS, Beer-Ferrers, or Beer-Town, a parish in Tavistock district, Devon; between the rivers Tamar and Tavy upwards from their confluence, 4 miles W of Bickleigh r. station, and 7 N by W of Plymouth. It contains the town of Beer-Alston and the village of Beer-Town, the former of which has a post office under Tavistock. ...

Acres, 6,838; of which 950 are water. Real property, £9,981. Pop., 2,847. Houses, 581. The property is subdivided. A great part belongs to the Earl of Mount-Edgcumbe; and the manor of Ley was long held by a family of its own name, one of whom was created Earl of Marlborough, but belongs now to Sir T. Drake, Bart. Much of the surface is picturesque; and many spots command fine prospects. Silver and lead mines are worked; and several kinds of rare minerals are found. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £700.* Patron, the Earl of Mount Edgcumbe. The church is decorated and perpendicular English, and very picturesque; consists of nave, aisle, chancel, and transepts; and contains monuments of the Ferrers and the Champernouns, and one to Lieutenant-Major Bayley, who fell at the storming of Sebastopol. There is a chapel-of-ease at High Cross, Beer-Alston; and there are chapels for Independents, Wesleyans, U. Free Methodists, and Bible Christians. Charities, £66. Stothart, the artist and antiquary, was killed at Beer-Ferris.

Bere Ferrers through time

Bere Ferrers 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 Bere Ferrers itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 20th April 2021

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