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Marytavy, Devon

Historical Description

Marytavy or Tavy St Mary, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands on the river Tavy, on the W side of Dartmoor, amid romantic environs, 4 miles NNE of Tavistock, and has a station on the G.W.R., 264 miles from London, and a post and telegraph office under Tavistock; money order office, Tavistock. The parish contains also the hamlets of Horndon and Black Down. Acreage, 4268; population of the civil parish, 733; of the ecclesiastical, 634. About 2000 acres are open moorland. A remarkable chasm called Tavy Cleave, 4 miles long, and overhung by the heights of Dartmoor, is in the neighbourhood. Marytavy Rock is a curious insulated crag, covered with litchens and ivy. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; value, £170 with residence. The church is ancient, and consists of nave, aisle, and chancel, with a tower. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 parishTavy St. Mary 
Poor Law unionTavistock 

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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.