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St Giles on the Heath, Devon

Historical Description

Giles, St, -in-the-Heath, a parish in Devonshire, on the river Tamar, near the Bude Canal and the boundary with Cornwall, 1½ mile from Tower Hill station on the L. & S.W.B., and 12 NW of Tavistock. Post town and money order office, Launceston; telegraph office, Tower Hill railway station. Acreage, 3147; population, 262. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Truro; gross value, £140 with residence. Patron, the Duke of Bedford. The church is ancient, consists of nave, aisle, and chancel, with a tower, contains many monumental memorials, and was almost entirely rebuilt in 1877. There is a Bible Christian 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 
HundredBlack Torrington 
Poor Law unionHolsworthy 

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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.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtPL15
Post TownLaunceston