SHEEPSTOR, or Shipstor, anciently written Schitestor, or Shittor, is a small village, in the picturesque valley of the little river Mew, or Meavy, on the western side of Dartmoor, near several rocky hills, and the Dartmoor Railway, 7 miles S.E. of Tavistock. It is in Tavistock union, county court district, Midland Roborough petty sessional division, Roborough hundred, Totnes archdeaconry, Plympton rural deanery, and Southern division of the county.
It had 108 inhabitants (54 males, 54 females) in 1871, living in 20 houses, on 3595 acres of land. The parish includes some open moorland, on Ringmoor Down, &c., near the sources of the river Plym. John Bayly, Esq., is lord of the manor; but a great part of the soil belongs to Sir Massey Lopes, J. H. Boger, and several smaller owners. Longstone, the ancient seat of the Elford family, is now a farm-house. The Church is a small antique fabric with a tower containing five bells. The living is a vicarage, formerly united to Bickleigh, in the patronage of Sir Massey Lopes, valued at £61 (commuted tithe rent-charge). The Rev. Warneford Gompertz is the incumbent; and within the last few months Sir Massey Lopes has arranged for the purchase of Brook Cottage, belonging to the Rev. W. G. Daykin, which will be made the vicarage house.
The Parish School was built in 1866, on the site of two cottages which belonged to the poor, and is supported by children's pence and the voluntary rate. The Poor's Lands comprise 5 acres, which are let for £9 10s. 0d. a year.
Post via Horrabridge, which is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office. There is a Wall Letter Box, cleared at 4.10 p.m. on week days.
Andrew, William, farmer
Creber, Amos Crymes, farmer, Nattor
Creber, John, farmer, Longstone
Gompertz, Rev Warneford, vicar
Jackman, George, farmer
Legassick, William, farmer. Collyton
Northmore, William Ford, farmer, Yellowmeade
Palmer James, farmer, Yeo
Phillips, Miss Maria Jane, schoolmistress
Reed, John, beerhouse
Rockey, John, farmer, Esworthy
Ware, William, rabbit dealer, Warren