Beer Devon Family History Guide

Status: Chapelry

Alternative names: Seaton St Michael
Seaton and Beer St Michael

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1880; see also Seaton
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: None

Nonconformists include:

  • Independent/Congregational

Adjacent Parishes

  • Southleigh
  • Seaton
  • Branscombe
  • Colyton 

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BEER, a village and a tything in Seaton parish, Devon. The village stands on the coast, in a romantic cove, 1½ mile SW of Axmouth; has a post office under Axminster; carries on fishing and lace-making; and was noted, in former days, for smuggling. It was the birthplace of the notorious Jack Rattenbury, sometimes called the Rob Roy of England; and it produced the wedding dress of Queen Victoria in 1839. The cove around it is a fine subject for the pencil. Beer Head, projecting on the west, is crowned by two natural towers; and Beer quarry, about a mile inland, is a labyrinth of excavations, about ¼ of a mile long, and about 300 feet below the surface of the ground. The tything includes the village, and forms a curacy with the vicarage of Seaton in the diocese of Exeter. Pop., 1,157. Houses, 260. The church consists of nave, chancel, and aisles. There are an Independent chapel, and charities £210.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

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County: Devon
Civil Registration District: Axminster
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Exeter
Diocese: Exeter
Rural Deanery: Honiton
Poor Law Union: Axminster
Hundred: Colyton
Province: Canterbury