Kelly, a parish in Devonshire, near the river Tamar and the boundary with Cornwall, 3 miles SSE of Lifton station on the G.W.R., and 6 SE by E of Launceston. Post town, Lifton. Acreage, 1773; population, 236. The property, with Kelly House, belongs to the Kelly family, and has belonged to this family since the time of Henry II. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; value, £260 with residence. The church is Later English, comprises nave, aisle, and chancel, with a tower, has good ancient stained glass, and includes the mortuary chapel of the Kellys. The chancel arch is of freestone of 1256 date, and the monolithic pillars of grey granite are said to be of the 14th century.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Kelly St. Mary|
|Poor Law union||Tavistock|
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Kelly from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Kelly (St. Mary))
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.