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Kelly, Devon

Historical Description

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.

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 parishKelly St. Mary 
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 Kelly

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 Kelly from the following:


Online maps of Kelly 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 districtPL16
Post TownLifton