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"MEAVY is a scattered village and parish, near the sources of the river Plym, and near Dartmoor Railway, from 6 to 7 miles S.E. of Tavistock. It comprises 361 souls, and 3351 acres of land, a large portion of which is on the uncultivated hills of Dartmoor, near Ringmoor Down, Brisworthy, and Loveton, the latter of which is a small village. Sir R. Lopes is lord of the manor and owner of a great part of the parish, but the manor of Good-a-Meavy belongs to E. Scobell, Esq., and those of Callisham and Durance belong to Sir T.T.F.E. Drake. It has its name from the small river Mew or Meavy, one of the sources of the Plym. The Church (St. Peter,) is an ancient structure, with a tower and six bells, and the living is a rectory, valued in K.B. at £13. 5s., and in 1831 at £238, in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor, and the incumbency of the Rev. John Abbott, M.A. " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Roborough Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter. Regarded as part of the Dartmoor area.


MIs for the parish church, and for Hoo Meavy Independent Chapel, are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.

A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Churchyard, Meavy, is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 3 of Devon Memorial inscriptions, DE/M15.

Brown, Mike. Meavy (Pre-1950 Survey), Hoo Meavy Chapel (Full Survey). In Dartmoor Region Monumental Inscriptions Indexes, Vol. 2. Dartmoor Press, PO Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL.
Turvey, V. Hoo Meavy chapel MI, Devon Family Historian, vol. 40, (1986) pp.20-21.


Transcriptions of the 1841 Meavy Census (Reg. Distr. HO107/240), and the 1871 Meavy Census (Reg. Distr. RG10/2143, Enum. Distr. 8) by Deborah O'Brien.

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1653 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838 - for details see their book list.

Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).

Meavy Baptisms 1751-1812 (Index) and Burials 1751-1812 (Index) transcribed by Deborah O'Brien.

Brown, Mike. 1754-1812 Burial Indexes: Meavy, Sheepstor. RT67, Dartmoor Press (2000).
The Deanery of Tamerton, CD, Devon Family History Society, Exeter (2003). [Contains indexes: Bere Ferrers - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Bickleigh - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1811-1837; Buckland Monachorum - Baptisms, 1813-1839 Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Egg Buckland - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Mary Tavy - Baptisms 1813-1840 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Meavy - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Peter Tavy - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1790-1837; Sampford Spiney - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1770-1837; Sheepstor - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1856; Tamerton Foliot - Baptisms 1813-1840 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Walkhampton - Baptisms 1813-1840 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Whitchurch - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1838, Burials 1813-1837]

Description and Travel

Parish Council Web-site for Burrator (Meavy, Sheepstor and Walkhampton).

The Village of Meavy - photographs.


Copy provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.

Names from Black's Directory (1857), transcribed by Deborah O'Brien.


The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.


The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Deborah O'Brien, who invites queries and lookup requests.

Dartmoor Press Online Magazine's page for this parish (archived copy), with articles, transcriptions, publication details, etc. - highly recommended.

Brown, Mike. Heraldic and Genealogical Notes from Dartmoor Churches, Vol. 1: Bickleigh, Buckland Monachorum, Meavy, Sampford Spiney, Walkhampton. Dartmoor Press (1997)
Worthy, C. Devonshire Parishes: or the antiquities, heraldry and family history of twenty-eight parishes in the archdeaconry of Totnes (2 vols), Exeter, W. Pollard (1887). [Chap. V: Meavy - Lords of Meavy; MILLATON; STRODE of Ermington; WORTH of Worth in Washfield and of Compton in Marldon; Mrs BRAY] [Index]


General historical and descriptive information, area map from 1765, details about administrative boundaries, etc., about Meavy from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.

Hemery, Pauline.The Book of Meavy: A Photographic History. Halsgrove Press , Halsgrove House, Lower Moor Way, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6SS (1999) 158p. [ISBN 1841140368]
Worthy, Charles. Devonshire Parishes. Exeter: William Pollard (1887) - Vol. 1, pp. 121- 147.
Our book of Meavy village. Lower Junior Class, Meavy School. (1981) [5], 42p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - pxB/MEA/0001/OUR]

Land and Property

Brown, Mike. Meavy. In "Dartmoor Tithe Apportionments, Vol. 2". The Dartmoor Press (c1997) 16p.
Greaves, Tom. The Bounds of Meavy Parish, 1613. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.90-93.

Names, Personal

Meavy contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.

Brown, Mike. Index to Sheepstor & Meavy Traders, from Directories of 1850, 1857, 1866, 1870, 1873, 1878, 1883, 1890, 1893. The Dartmoor Press (c1997) 11p.

Probate Records

Transcription of the will of Thomas Windeatt (1659) by Sandra Windeatt.


Transcript of the 1674 Hearth Tax, provided by Deborah O'Brien.

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