Peter Tavy, Devon Family History Guide

Peter Tavy is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Other places in the parish include: Willsworthy and Wilsworthy.

Alternative names: Petertavy, St Peter Tavy, Tavy St Peter

Parish church: St. Peter

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1674
  • Bishop's Transcripts: 1612

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Peter Tavy

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

TAVY-ST. PETER, a parish, with a village and a hamlet, in Tavistock district, Devon; on the W border of Dartmoor, 3½ miles NE of Tavistock r. station. Post town, Tavistock. Acres, 3,500. Real property, £3,485; of which £1,465 are in mines. Pop., 469. Houses, 88. The property is much subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, not reported. Patron, the Bishop of E. The church is old. A chapel of ease is at Hillbridge; and there are a Wesleyan chapel and a parochial school.

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

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Tavy (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of Tavistock, partly in the hundred of Lifton, but chiefly in that of Roborough, Tavistock and S. divisions of Devon, 3 ½ miles (N. E.) from Tavistock; containing, with the hamlet of Willsworthy, 587 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £17. 1. 8., and in the patronage of the Bishop of Exeter : the tithes have been commuted for £235, and the glebe contains 64 acres. The church contains a monument to the Rev. Mr. Pocock, a former rector, and, with the burial-ground, forms a strikingly picturesque feature in the scenery of the place. At Willsworthy was formerly a chantry chapel, which has been converted into a barn.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

Parish Records

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England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887

England, Devon and Cornwall Marriages, 1660-1912

England, Devon, Parish Registers, 1538-1912

England, Devon, Plymouth Prison Records, 1821-1919

Exeter Marriage Licenses 1523-1631

Exeter Burial Records

Devon Cemetery Photos

South Hams Memorial Inscriptions

Appledore Burials 1844-1970

Devon Calendars of Prisoners

Devon Convicts Transported to Australia 1782-1821

Records for England

Births and Baptism Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Marriage Records

England Marriages, 1538–1973

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Death Records

England Death Records, 1998-2015

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660

Non-Conformist Records

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977


England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales Census, 1911


United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

War and Conflict

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • 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: Lifton; Roborough
  • Province: Canterbury