Bere Ferrers with Bere Alston Devon Family History Guide

Bere Ferrers with Bere Alston is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Other places in the parish include: Beer Town, Beeralston, Bere Alston, and Beer Alston.

Alternative names: Bere Ferris, Bere Ferrers, Beerferris, Beer Ferris

Parish church: St. Andrew

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1605

Nonconformists include:

  • Bible Christian Methodist
  • Independent/Congregational
  • Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Pillaton
  • Landulph
  • St Dominic
  • Calstock
  • Tamerton Foliot
  • Tavistock
  • Buckland Monachorum

Historical Descriptions

Bere Ferrers

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BEER-FERRIS, Beer-Ferrers, or Beer-Town, a parish in Tavistock district, Devon; between the rivers Tamar and Tavy upwards from their confluence, 4 miles W of Bickleigh r. station, and 7 N by W of Plymouth. It contains the town of Beer-Alston and the village of Beer-Town, the former of which has a post office under Tavistock. Acres, 6,838; of which 950 are water. Real property, £9,981. Pop., 2,847. Houses, 581. The property is subdivided. A great part belongs to the Earl of Mount-Edgcumbe; and the manor of Ley was long held by a family of its own name, one of whom was created Earl of Marlborough, but belongs now to Sir T. Drake, Bart. Much of the surface is picturesque; and many spots command fine prospects. Silver and lead mines are worked; and several kinds of rare minerals are found. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £700. Patron, the Earl of Mount Edgcumbe. The church is decorated and perpendicular English, and very picturesque; consists of nave, aisle, chancel, and transepts; and contains monuments of the Ferrers and the Champernouns, and one to Lieutenant-Major Bayley, who fell at the storming of Sebastopol. There is a chapel-of-ease at High Cross, Beer-Alston; and there are chapels for Independents, Wesleyans, U. Free Methodists, and Bible Christians. Charities, £66. Stothart, the artist and antiquary, was killed at Beer-Ferris.

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

Bere Alston

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BEER-ALSTON, a small ancient town, formerly a borough, in Beer-Ferris parish, Devon. It stands on an eminence overlooking the rivers Tamar and Tavy, 5 miles NW of Bickleigh r. station, and 6 S by W of Tavistock. It has a post office under Tavistock, a chapel of ease, and chapels for dissenters; and it long had a weekly market. It was given by William the Conqueror to a branch of the Alencon family, whence it took the name of Beer-Alencon, corrupted into Beer Alston; and it passed to successively the Ferrers, the Champernouns, the Blounts, the Maynards, and the Edgcumbes. It was a borough by prescription; and it sent two members to parliament from the time of Elizabeth till disfranchised by the act of 1832. Many of its inhabitants are employed in neighbouring lead and silver mines. Pop., about 1,600.

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: Tavistock
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Totnes
Diocese: Exeter
Rural Deanery: Tamerton
Poor Law Union: Tavistock
Hundred: Roborough
Province: Canterbury