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Manaton (St. Winifred)

MANATON (St. Winifred), a parish, in the union of Newton-Abbott, hundred of Teignbridge, Crockernwell and S. divisions of Devon, 6 miles (S.) from Moreton; containing 429 inhabitants. The parish comprises 4200 acres, of which 2469 are common or waste land. Tin is procured in abundance, and at Challacombe are mines in operation; granite also is found, and from the quarries here, which are not now worked, were supplied great quantities of granite for the erection of Waterloo bridge, London. The river Bovey flows through a rocky subterraneous channel, about a furlong in length, and forms a picturesque cascade. On Hayne Down is a pillar of granite. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £13. 12. 8½.; net income, £209; patron, the Rev. W. Carwithen, D.D.: the glebe comprises 36 acres. The church is a handsome structure in the later English style, with a square embattled tower. At Grimspound, in the parish, is an inclosure of loose stones, containing about three acres, within which are several minor inclosures. The Rev. J. B. S. Carwithen, Bampton lecturer at Oxford in 1809, and author of the History of the Church of England, was born here in April, 1781.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.