Meavy  Devon


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

MEAVY, a village and a parish in Tavistock district, Devon. The village stands on the river Meavy, near Sheepstor hill, 2½ miles SE of Horrabridge r. station, and 6 SE by S of Tavistock; is surrounded by romantic scenery; has a post office under Horrabridge, Devon, and an inn; and is a resort of anglers. ...

The parish contains also the village of Loveton. Acres, 3,289. Real property, £2,047; of which £75 are in quarries. Pop., 269. Houses, 49. The property is divided among a few. The manor and much of the land belong to Sir M. Lopes, Bart. Remains exist of an old mansion, which was the residence of Sir Francis Drake. Sheepstor hill, a greag mass of sparkling granite, figures conspicuously in the landscape, and contrasts strikingly to neighbouring woods and verdure. An oak, supposed to be as old a s the time of King John, stands at the village; measures 27 feet in girth; and is so decayed and worn in the trunk as to form an archway nearly 6 feet high. A bridge spans the Meavy; and a well preserved ancient granite cross, about 9 feet high, is in its neighbourhood. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £210.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is early English; was recently restored; and consists of nave, S aisle, transept, and chancel, with porch and tower. There are a Baptist chapel and a parochial school.

Meavy through time

Meavy 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 Meavy itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 12th December 2019

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