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Cornwood, a small village commonly called CROSS, in the Yealm valley on the southern borders of Dartmoor Forest, 4½ miles NE of Earl's Plympton, has in its parish 1080 souls and 10680 acres of land, including 700 acres of woodland and 7438 acres of common, extending six miles northward, among the hills and dells of Dartmoor, to the sources of the rivers Yealm and Erme.


This large parish includes many scattered houses, the small hamlets of Cross, Lutton, Torr, Waterleet, Houndle and Dunaton and part of the large village of Ivyvridge, which has a post office, a district church and a railway station, as afterwards noticed. there are cattle fairs at Cornwood on the first Monday in May and the last Monday in September.. William M Praed Esq. is lord of the manor of Cornwood and has a pleasant seat here called Delamore which formerly belonged to the Coles, who built the present mansion and afterwards to the Belmaine, Maynard, Treby and Hayes families.


Delamore House, Cornwood
The current Delamore House was commissioned by Admiral Parker and built in 1859. It is not open to the public.

The grounds now form an arts and sculpture park which is open to the public during the month of May only. For details, go to



Slade is the seat of W. Pode Esq. and formerly belonged to the Coles, Saverys and Spurrells. Fardell, an old farm house, was formerly a seat of the Raleigh, and is said to have been the occasional residence of the great Sir Walter Raleigh. Sir F. Rogers, Bart. is lord of the manor of Blackford and resides at Blackford House, a large substantial mansion, in a delightful situation, commanding fine views. Some of the apartments are large and elegant, and graced with many good paintings, some by Van Dyke, Canaletto, Van Loo and other eminent masters. He is also owner of South Hele and Wisdom estates. John Rogers, who resided at Wisdom Barton, was created a baronet in 1699.


The old farm-house, called Colwich-town, was the original seat of the Colwich family. The Earl of Morley and a few smaller owners have estates in the parish.


Fardel Barton, Cornwood

Fardel Barton



The Church (St Michael) is an ancient structure, with a tower and six bells. It is chiefly in the perpendicular style of the 15th century, except the tower and part of the chancel, which are much older. It has lately been renovated and has many mural tablets belonging to Dr. Rogers and other families. Sir Frederick Rogers who died in 1777 was recorder of Plymouth, and his son Sir  F. L Rogers who died in 1797 represented that Borough in Parliament. They were descended from the Dr Rogers who suffered martyrdom in Queen Mary's  reign.


The vicarage is in the patronage of the Bishop of Exeter and incumbency of the Rev, H, G, Adams who has a good residence and about 60 acres of glebe. There are two  houses occupied rent-free by poor persons. The parish school, with a house for the teacher, was built about 1818, at the expense of the Rev, Duke Yonge, except what was derived from the sale of an old cottage belonging to the poor. In 1811, the same Rev. D. Yonge gave the reversion of a house, garden, orchard and two meadows at Lutton, in trust to apply one half of the rent in providing medical aid for the poor parishioners; £10 a year in schooling poor children; and the residue to be distributed in Bibles, Prayer books etc.



Adams, Mr John ,Prettypool

Adams, Rev, Herbert George, BA, Vicarage

Bidgood, Mr and Mrs James, Ivybridge

Doddridge, james, Victualler, Tavistock Inn

Northmore, Mary Ann, Schoolmistress

Pode, William Esq, Slade

Praed, William Mackworth, Esq, Delamore

Rogers, Sir Frederick Lemon, Bart. Blackford House

Shepheard, Mr Sampson

Sherwill Mrs

Sandover, John butcher and Victualler, Butcher's Arms, Moor Cross

Tregelllis. George, tailor

Vivian, John, parish Clerk

Wills, Mr. Ivybridge


Barons, William, Wisdom Mill

Bickle. John, Slade Mill

Jeffery John, Old Park Mill

Leaman, Henry, Fardell Mill


Andrews, William

Atwill, Richard

Carpenter, William Corntown

Chapple, John, Park

Colton, Nicholas

Colton, Charles.

Colton, Richard

Doddridge, William

Honey, Richard

Hillson, Robert, Stone

Horton, Alexc

Horton, Alexander, jun. Hele

Horton, Honor

Horton , John

Horton, John, jun

Horton, Thomas

Horton, Arthur Trowbridge, Fardell

Horton, Trowbridge and Thomas jun .

Horton, William, East Start and Uppaton

Luscombe, Philip, Colwich Town

Luscombe Joshua

Luscombe, Samuel

Luscombe,  William

Phillips, Roger and Roger jun.

Roberts, Robert, Lutton

Rooke, John

Rouse, Edward

Sampson Edward

Sandover, William

Sanders William

Sercombe, Robert, Wisdom

Walker, Thomas

Walker, Dinah. Gazeworthy


Nelder, James

Beral, William


Blackler, James

Vivian, Chitte


Bakerville, Eli

Beal, William

Chalice, William

Elford, Robert

Elford, Robert jun.


Ford, John

Mudge, Robert




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