Oreston, a village in Plymstock parish, Devonshire, on Plymouth Sound, 2 miles SSE of Plymouth. It is a large place, had a battery of the Royalists in the Civil Wars of Charles I., and has now a post office under Plymouth. There is a mission chapel, which serves as a chapel of ease to the parish church of Plymstock, and a Wesleyan chapel. Quarries adjacent to it furnished all the limestone employed in the construction of Plymouth Breakwater, and they now exhibit a remarkable extent of ground, shivered into broken cliffs and cumbrous debris. Many bones of hyenas, elephants, rhinoceroses, wolves, deer, and other animals of warmer climates than that of England were found in fissures during the progress of quarrying.
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