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Kingswear is a remarkably small parish on a point of land projecting into the river Dart opposite Dartmouth, and contracting the entrance to the harbour. It contains only 170 inhabitants and 107 acres of land.


J. F. Luttrell Esq. is chief owner and also lord of the manor, which was anciently a royal demesne, and had a small castle or fort, the walls of which are still standing, and near them are the ruins of another fort, where tradition says, the chain was fixed to prevent hostile ships from entering the harbour.


On the brow of the hill overlooking the village are some embankments which were thrown up during the siege of Dartmouth in 1646.  *The Beacon, an elegant mansion built in 1848 on a delightful eminence overlooking the Dart, is the seat of A. H. Holdsworth Esq.


The church (St Thomas a Beckett) was rebuilt at the cost of £1600 in 1847, except for the tower which contains a clock and three bells. It is in the decorated style and is neatly fitted with open benches etc. The perpetual curacy is in the patronage of the Vicar of Brixham and the incumbency of the Rev . John Smart. The church lands etc. have been vested in trust from an early period and comprise four houses, nine gardens and about half an acre of land let for only £12 a year. There are also, belonging to the Trust, some  rents producing 9s 10d per annum. The poor parishioners have 40s a year.



Edward Alford,ship builder

Thomas Avis, chair maker

John Back, architect and surveyor

James Cox, victualler, the Plume of Feathers

Philip Farley, blacksmith

Arthur Howe Holdsworth Esq. Governor of Dartmouth Castle, The Beacon*

Samuel Hyne, carpenter

Charles Nelson, gent.

Mary Newman (Mrs)

William Norcombe, tailor

Charles Peters, cooper

Major General Benjamin Roope

Miss S Roope

Thomas Short, mason

Rev. John Smart, incumbent, Raven's Well

Harriet Veale shopkeeper

James Vosper

Henry Winsor, shoemaker


For interesting historical information about the Kingswear property known as The Beacon, go to:


Above the opening caption, are lists of the various sections to be found on this website. Go to Kingswear Historians and select Beacon House from the topics on offer.



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