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Bickleigh

BICKLEIGH, is a parish and small village, on the western side of the river Plym, in the picturesque vale to which it gives name. It is in Plympton St. Mary union, East Stonehouse county court district, Midland Roborough petty sessional division, Southern division of the county, Roborough hundred, Totnes archdeaconry, and Plympton rural deanery. Its parish, which includes the village of Roborough, had 384 inhabitants (202 males, 182 females) in 1871, living, in 63 houses, on 2365 acres. Bickleigh Vale is much resorted to by anglers and the lovers of woodland scenery. The Plymouth and Devonport leats, and the Dartmoor Railway cross this parish. The manor was long held by Buckland Abbey, and afterwards by the Slannings, Modyfords, and Heywoods, the latter of whom sold it to the Lopes family in 1798. Sir Massey Lopes, Bart., is now lord of the manor, and sole owner of the soil. The CHURCH was, except the tower, which contains six bells, rebuilt by Sir R. Lopes in 1839: it was restored by Sir M. Lopes, M.P., in 1861. The living is a vicarage, valued in K.B. at £11 7s. 4d., and in 1831 at £300. Sir Massey Lopes is patron of the benefice, and impropriator of the rectory. The Rev. George Richard Scobell is the incumbent, and has a good residence. The poor have £100 Three per Cent. Consols, purchased with the gifts of Elizabeth Modyford and John Herring. Sir Massey Lopes, Bart., erected ALMSHOUSES in 1873 to the memory of Lady Lopes; and in 1862 he built the NATIONAL SCHOOLS, which are supported by subscription.

POST OFFICE at Mr. Richard Folland's, Roborough. Letters are received at 5.45 a.m., and despatched at 6 p.m. viâ Plymouth, which is the nearest Money Order Office.

Transcribed from History, Gazetteer and Directory of Devon, by William White, 2nd edition, 1878-9