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Dean Prior, Devon

Historical Description

Dean Prior, a parish in Devonshire, on the verge of Dartmoor, near the river Dart, 1½ mile from Buckfastleigh station on the G.W.R., and 6 miles NW of Totnes. Post town, and money order and telegraph office, Buckfastleigh. Acreage, 4136; population, 287. 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 farmhouse, was the manorial mansion and the residence of the poet Herrick, who held the parochial living, and wrote hene most of his " Hesperides." Dean Bum Vale is a strikingly picturesque glen, with some fine waterfalls. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; value, £300. Patron, Lord Churston. The church was rebuilt, excepting the tower, in 1835.

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 parishDean-Prior St. George the Martyr 
Poor Law unionTotnes 

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 Dean Prior

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 Dean Prior from the following:


Online maps of Dean Prior 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.

DistrictSouth Hams
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTQ11
Post TownBuckfastleigh