In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Dean Prior like this:
DEAN-PRIOR, a parish in Totnes district, Devon; on the verge of Dartmoor, near the river Dart, 3 miles N of Brent r. station, and 6 NW of Totnes. Post town, Buckfastleigh, under Newton-Abbot. Acres, 4, 165. Real property, with Rattery, £6, 473. Pop., 422. Houses, 82. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged to Plympton priory; passed to the Gileses and the Yardes; and belongs now to Lord Churston. Dean Court, a Tudor edifice, now a farm-house, was the manorial mansion, and the residence of the poet Herrick; who held the parochial living, and wrote here most of his "Hesperides. " Dean Burn vale is a strikingly picturesque glen, with some fine waterfalls. Dean Moors is a meet for the Forest harriers. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £282.* Patron, Lord Churston. The church was rebuilt, excepting the tower, in 1835.
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 Dean Prior 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 Dean Prior and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Dean Prior, in South Hams and Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 13th February 2016
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