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Bere Ferrers, Devon

Historical Description

Bere Ferrers (Beerferris), a parish in Devonshire, between the rivers Tamar and Tavy upwards from their confluence, 7 miles N by W of Plymouth, and 8 from Tavistock, It has a station on the L. & S.W.R., and contains the town of Beer-Alston, formerly a parliamentary borough returning two members, and the village of Beer-Town. It has a post office under Beer-Alston (R.S.O.), and a telegraph station. The area is 6176 acres of land, and 935 of foreshore and water; population, 1911. The greater part belongs to the Earl of Mount-Edgcumbe; the manor of Ley, now belonging to Sir F. Drake, was long held by a family of its own name, one of whom was created Earl of Marlborough. Much of the surface is picturesque, and many spots command fine prospects. Very large quantities of fruit are produced here, especially black cherries and strawberries. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £500 with residence. 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 Crusader monuments of Ferrers and Champernoun, and one to Major Bayley, who fell at the storming of Sebastopol. There is a chapel of ease at Beer-Alston, and there are Congregational, Wesleyan, United Free Methodist, and Bible Christian chapels. Stothart, the artist and antiquary, was killed at Bere-Ferrers church while sketching the E window.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDevon 
Ecclesiastical parishBeer-Ferris St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionTavistock 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

Findmypast, in association with the South West Heritage Trust, Parochial Church Council, and Devon Family History Society have the Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials online for Bere Ferrers

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bere Ferrers from the following:


Online maps of Bere Ferrers are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Devon online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1564, with additions from the earlier visitation of 1531, is online.

The Visitations of the County of Devon, comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620, with additions by Lieutant-Colonel J.L. Vivian, published for the author by Henry S. Eland, Exeter 1895 is online.

DistrictWest Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtPL20
Post TownYelverton