In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described South Hams like this:
South Hams, district in S. of Devon, limited interiorly by a line drawn from Tor Bay to Plymouth Sound, and spreading away to the sea in bold swells, winding combes, and rich vales; it comprises about 240 square miles, and is so fertile as to be called "the garden of Devon".
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing South Hams has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of South Hams. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering South Hams and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of South Hams in Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 18th May 2013
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