Yealmpton, Devon Genealogy

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Parish History

YEALMPTON (St. Bartholomew), a parish, in the union of Plympton St. Mary, hundred of Plympton, Ermington and Plympton, and S. divisions of Devon, 3¾ miles (S. E. by S.) from Earl's-Plympton; containing 1317 inhabitants. It comprises by measurement 3132 acres; the substratum is chiefly limestone of good quality, which is quarried for burning into lime. The navigable river Yealm, which gives name to the place, flows through much pleasing scenery, and is crossed by a bridge at the village. Yealmpton was anciently denominated a borough, and though much decayed, is still of respectable appearance. A great cattle-market is held on the fourth Wednesday in every month. Kitley, the fine mansion of the family of Bastard, contains some of the most valuable productions of Sir Joshua Reynolds. The living is a vicarage, with that of Revelstoke annexed, valued in the king's books at £35. 19. 4½.; patron, the Bishop of Exeter: the vicarial tithes have been commuted for £355. The church is partly in the early and partly in the later English style, with two stone stalls enriched with trefoil arches. Near it are the ruins of a building, once, probably, a prebendal residence: according to tradition, it was a palace of the Saxon kings, and occupied by Ethelwold, whose lieutenant, Lipsius, was buried here.

From: 'Yeading - Yettington', A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 716-719. URL: Date accessed: 24 March 2011.


Civil Registration

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Church records

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Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Devon Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

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