Maker (St. Macra)

MAKER (St. Macra), a parish, in the union of St. Germans, S. division of the hundred of East, E. division of Cornwall, 2¼ miles (S. by W.) from Devonport; containing, with the tything of Vaultershome, 2725 inhabitants. This parish comprises by computation 2183 acres, of which 71 are common or waste land; and is bounded on the south-east by Plymouth Sound, for the defence of which a formidable battery has been erected on the heights above the village. Mount-Edgcumbe House, the noble seat of the Edgcumbe family, and from which its representative derives the title of Earl, was originally built in the reign of Mary, and, with the exception only of Salcombe, was the last garrison that held out for Charles I.; it occupies an elevated site, commanding an extensive prospect, and its domain presents a variety of beautiful scenery. At the populous village of Inceworth, and also at Millbrook (formerly market-towns), fairs for cattle are held annually, at the former on May 1st, and at the latter on September 29th. Courts leet are also held for those places, at which a portreeve, constables, and other officers are appointed. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £23. 11. 0½., and has a net income of £223; the patronage and impropriation belong to the Crown. The church being on a hill between Mount-Edgcumbe and Ramhead, its steeple serves as a landmark, and in time of war is made a signal station. It contains some interesting monuments to the Edgcumbe family. At Millbrook is an episcopal chapel. There are places of worship for Wesleyans and Baptists.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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