Drewsteignton, a parish in Devonshire, on the river Teign, at the E side of Dartmoor, 6 miles NNW of Moreton-Hampstead station on the G.W.R., and 10 SW by W of Cre-diton. It has a post office under Newton Abbot; money order and telegraph office, Chagford. Acreage, 6189; population, 776. The manor belonged at Domesday to Sheriff Baldwin, was held in the time of Henry II. by Drogo or Drewe de Teignton, and passed to the D'Ahernons and the Carews. The scenery along the Teign here is highly romantic, and various spots have a cromlech, a logan stone, two Druidi-cal circles, some traces of the Via Sacra or Druid Way, and an ancient British camp. The name Drewsteignton has often been regarded as a corruption of " Druids' Town on the Teign," but was really derived from Drewe de Teignton. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; value, £740 with residence. The church is a good old interesting structure, with turreted tower. Limestone quarries are worked.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Drews Teignton Holy Trinity|
|Poor Law union||Oakhampton|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Drewsteignton from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Teignton, Drews (Holy Trinity))
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Newspapers and Periodicals
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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.