"STOKE DAMEREL, a parish, in the hundred of ROBOROUGH, Roborough and S. divisions of DEVON; adjoining the borough of Plymouth, and containing 33,820 inhabitants. This parish, which includes Devonport and Morice-Town, is one of the most extensive in the county; the village occupies an elevated site, and comprises several rows of excellent houses, a crescent, and some private mansions of more than ordinary beauty. Among the public structures are, the immense reservoir of the Devonport Water Company, which supplies the government establishments and the neighbourhood in general; the military hospital, a spacious edifice of grey marble, erected in 1797, on the west side of Stonehouse Creek, comprising four large square buildings, of similar size and form, connected by a piazza of forty-one arches; and the Blockhouse, occupying an eminence north of the village, surrounded by a fosse and drawbridge, commanding a most magnificent prospect. On the eastern bank of the Hamoaze is Morice-Town, consisting of four principal streets . . The church is a mean but spacious building, with a low square tower. Two additional churches have been erected; and there are places of worship for Independents, Calvinistic Methodists, and Wesleyans. - See DEVONPORT." [From Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England (1844)]
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A parish in Roborough Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter.
Information about Plymouth Naval Base Museum.
Stoke Damerel Indexed Records in W. Devon Record Office, Devon Family History Society.
Allen, Jenepher. Harry Pascoe - 90 and still writing, Devon Family Historian, vol. 107, (2003) pp.34. [Of Devonport]
Avent, Robert. The diary of Robert Avent. 1860-61. Photocopy of manuscript (n.d.) 46p: ill. [Plymouth Library - 920AVE] (Robert Avent was a shipwright in Devonport Dockyard)
Cope, Peter. The Late Grace Griffiths, Devon Family Historian, vol. 131, (August 2009) pp.21. [Killed "due to war operations", June 1941, Devonport]
Donne, Roger. A Tale of the Byers Family - Devonport's Newspaper Proprietors, Devon Family Historian, vol. 148, (2013) pp.19-22.
Gray, P. and Richards, P. The True Life and Crimes of a Body-Snatcher, P. Gray, 5 Eggbuckland Rd, Mannamead, Plymouth PL3 5LH (c1999). [ISBN 09537648] [Thomas Vaughan, alias Goslin, who operated in Stoke Damerel in 1830]
Guthrig, Sylvia. Women in History: Part 2, Devon Family Historian, no. 151, (2014) pp.23-26. [Includes details of Elizabeth Crowl of Stoke Damerel and Frances Nisbet of Exmouth]
Harpley, W. Obituary notices: Isaiah Cann Radford. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 24, (1892) pp.45. [Historian]
Harpley, W. Obituary notices: R.I. Watts. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 31, (1899) pp.54. [Mayor]
Russell, K.P. Memoirs of the Rev John Pyer. London: John Snow (1865). illus. pp. xvi, 336, advts, pp. 32 [Index]
Selley, Maureen. Just a Little Bible, Devon Family Historian, vol. 138, (2011) pp.33-34. [Of Lovis May Tippet, b. 1903, Devonport]
Stapley, Shirley. King Billy, Devon Family Historian, vol. 120, (2006) pp.21-22. [On Matthew Roberts, a carpenter/woodcarver who worked on the King Billy figurehead at the Royal Naval Base]
Stones, Sheilagh Kennedy. 1927 Wedding in Devonport, Devon Family Historian, vol. 139, (2011) p.13. [William Clarke & Beatrice Horgan]
Woollons, Ruth M. Miss Ruth M. Woollons, Pupil of Devonport High School 1941 to 1947, Devon Family Historian, vol. 137, (2011) pp.32-36.
The "Of the Parish" headstone and memorial indexing and photography project aims to put details of the people who died in Plymouth and the surrounding area online. The churchyards and burial grounds for which gravestone images have been collected and names entered into a consolidated database are to date: Oreston Methodist Church (Plymstock), Pleasure Hill non conformist burial ground (Oreston, Plymstock), Royal Naval Hospital burial ground (No Place Field, Plymouth), St Budeaux, St Edward (Egg Buckland), St Peter The Poor Fisherman (Stoke Beach near Noss Mayo, Revelstoke), and Milehouse overflow burial ground, Devonport (Stoke Damerel).MIs for the parish church (St Andrew, Paradise Road, Stoke Damerel) and for St Budeaux, Crownhill Road, Devonport, are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.
Transcription by David Holland of Inscriptions from Gravestones, believed to have come originally from the old "Milehouse" cemetery, an extension to the graveyard of Stoke Damerel parish church. (Also published in Devon Family Historian, Feb 1999.)
Plymouth and West Devon R.O. has records of graves removed from Milehouse Cemetery, including ones now at Hole Mill, Branscombe.
Bone, Mark. The Bone Vault, Devon Family Historian, vol. 126, (2008) pp.25-26. [Annotated transcription of inscriptions on the Bone Family vault in Stoke Damerel Lower Churchyard]
Luxton, Brian C. A Devonshire Mariner Lost and Found, Devon Family Historian, vol. 111, (2004) p.6. [Richard Holten, of Moricetown, Devonport - drownwd 1851, buried in Barry, Glamorgan]
Saint Aubyn, William John. Monumentarium of Stoke Damerel church. Manuscript  95 leaves: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - s929.5/PLY/ST.A]
Saint Aubyn, W.J. Stoke Dameral church monumentarium. Manuscript (19--) [Westcountry Studies Library - s929.5/PLY/SEA]
Selley, Maureen and Vikky Blight. Stoke Damerel monumental inscriptions: name index. Devon Family History Society (1995) p: ill, plans. [Westcountry Studies Library - px929.5/PLY/SEL]
Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [MI Extracts, St Budeaux, Devonport]
Witwica, Phillis. Monumental inscriptions from the churchyard of the Parish of Stoke Damerel (1979) 20 leaves. [LDS film # 0994049/9]
Ford Park Cemetery Burials - The Plymouth, Devonport & Stonehouse Cemetery, - General Ground 1848-1880, Church Ground 1849-1880, Catholic Ground 1881-1924 CD, Devon Family History Society (2012).
Devonport Workhouse 1841 - List of names and ages of those resident on the night of the 1841 census, by Val Henderson
Barrett, S.W. The 1891 Census surname index for the parish of Stoke Damerel (2 parts) (1998).[Devon FHS Library 929.34235]
Chiswell, Ann and Deborah Coleman. Surname index to the 1871 census of Devonport. [Plymouth]: The Compilers (1984) 67p. [Westcountry Studies Library]
Billing, Peter. A History of Ford Baptist Church - 1863 to 1999 (1999) 21pp. [An updated version of Hutchings (1949) by the author's grandson.]
Bracken, C.W. The Story of St Barnabas Parish Church, Devonport. Plymouth: Clark, Doble and Brendon (1947). [Includes church electoral roll, 1947]
Grey, Patricia. A history of Stoke Damerel Parish Church. [Stoke Damerel] [1 The Grove, Stoke Damerel, Plymouth PL3 4AL]: [The author] (1974) , 11 leaves.
Gray, Patricia. The Haunt of Grave-Robbers: The History of Stoke Damerel Church. [Devon FHS Library p942.35/PLY]
Hutchings, Ralph. Ford Baptist Church, Plymouth: A short history, Saltash, Dingle and Co. Printers (1949) 14 pp.
Church of St Nicholas. St Nicholas Church (n.d.) 8 pp. [Available from the Church of St Nicholas, Royal Naval Barracks, Devonport]
Transcripts of the Stoke Damerel (Devonport) Registers going back to 1596, the Morice Street Chapel Registers (indexed) going back to 1787, and (despite Peskett's comment quoted above) the Stoke Damerel (St Aubyn) Registers going back to 1595, are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection.
Stoke Damerel Parish Records in the Plymouth Library.
Hugh Wallis, the Stoke Damerel OPC, provides a search facility on his index of Baptisms, 1801-1814 and Burials 1813-1819 and 1823-1825.
The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1815, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.
Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):
Chiswell, Ann. Liberty St or Pembroke St Baptist Chapel, Devonport. Devon Family Historian 23 (1982) p.15. [Surname index to births 1779-1821]
Chiswell, Ann. Cholera Deaths in Devonport in 1832. Devon Family Historian 24 (1982) p.15.
Chiswell, Ann. Odd entries in Parish Registers - Stoke Damerel, as an example. Family Tree Magazine 6, 10 (1990) p.27.
Henwood, J. Stoke Damerel Baptisms, 1811-1812, (1997) [Devon FHS Library p929.34235]
Henwood, J. Stoke Damerel Baptisms Index, 1811-1812, (1997) [Devon FHS Library p929.34235]
Henwood, J. Stoke Damerel Baptisms Index, 1808, (2002) [Devon FHS Library p929.3/BAP-Sto]
St Aubyn, W.J. The registers of Stoke Damarel church 1595-1676. Manuscript  135p. [Westcountry Studies Library - s929.3/PLY/1595]
The International Genealogical Index (I.G.I.) and Plymouth Searches. Devon Historian 24 (1982) pp.22-24.
Stoke Damerel Military Burials, 1786-1797. [Devon]: Devon Family History Society (2000).
Plymouth Marriage Index: Volume 1:, Exeter, Devon Family History Society (2001). [Includes marriages for Stoke Damerel (1837-1940), and Devonport: Holy Trinity (1902-1939), St Barnabas (1904-1967), St Boniface (1916-1980), St James the Great (1851-1941), St John (1887-1942), St Mark (1886-1968), St Mary (1852-1957), St Michael (1873-1960), St Paul (1851-1937), St Phillip, Weston Mill (1925-1964), St Stephen (1920-1941), and St Thomas, Keyham (1915-1959).]
Deanery of Three Towns - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837 and Burials 1813-1837 - CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2004). [Index of East Stonehouse - St. George: Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1697-1837), Burials (1813-1840), Pennycross - St. Pancras: Baptisms (1813-1839), Burials (1813-1837); Plymouth - Charles the Martyr: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Plymouth - St. Andrew: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Budeaux: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Stoke Damerel: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837). With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Directory (1850) and Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England (1844).]
Plymouth Baptisms Index (Volume 1): An index of baptisms in the parishes of Charles Church, Plymouth 1834-1962; St. Andrew, Plymouth 1835-1978; St. Budeaux 1840-1966; St. George, East Stonehouse 1863-1887 and 1941-1954; St. Pancras, Pennycross 1839-1970; Stoke Damerel 1840-1954. CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2007). [Entries give the name of the child, the date, name of the church and either the entry number or the page number. PLEASE NOTE:- Names of the parents are not included.]
Devonport Online - a community information website with a growing amount of historical information.
A Naval Officer (Ed). The stranger's handbook to the Western metropolis, containing a concise and familiar description of Plymouth, Devonport, Stonehouse and neighbourhood including the government establishments. Devonport: W Wood & Son. (1841) 96 pp. [Index]
Plymouth Dock Guide: An Authentic Account of the Rise and Progress of that Town with Dockyard, E. Hoxland, Printer; Sold by G.G.J.& J. Robinson, London: Paternoster Row (1796) 65 pp. [Contents]
The tourist's companion; being a guide to the towns of Plymouth, Plymouth-Dock, Stonehouse, Morice-town, Stoke, and their vicinities. London, Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown (1823) xii, 316 pp. front., fold. maps. [Indexes to Part 1 (pp. 1-81), Part 2 (pp. 135-316)]
Terry Williams provides a very valuable collection of transcriptions, and or scanned images of each of the pages of, a number of Plymouth Area Directories. These include: The Picture of Plymouth (1812), The Plymouth, Plymouth-Dock & Stonehouse General Directory (1814), Tourist's Companion - a guide to the towns of Plymouth, Plymouth-Dock, Stonehouse, Morice Town, Stoke (1823), The Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport Directory (1830), Thomas's Plymouth Directory (1836), Williams's Commercial Directory (1847), Directory of Plymouth, Stonehouse, Devonport, Stoke, and Morice Town (1864-5), The Three Towns' Directory for Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse (1873), Plymouth, Devonport & Stonehouse Plymouth and Devonport Directory (1888), Plymouth and Devonport District Directory (1896), Post Office Directory of Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse (1906-7), Post Office directory of Plymouth and District (1915-16), and High Street, Plymouth, from Plymouth Directory (1885 and 1910-11).
A Directory of Plymouth, Stonehouse, Devonport, Stoke and Moricetown, Plymouth, F. Brendon, Directory Office, Cornwall Street (1852) 280 + 52 pp. of adverts.
The Three Towns' Almanack, and Daily Tide Tables for the Year 1866, Devonport, W. Wood (1866) 84 pp.
Eyre's Post Office Plymouth and Devonport District Directory, Embracing also Stonehouse, Saltash, and the District Five Miles Round, and Including Historical Sketches of the Three Towns and District, (1903) pp. Ill., 477.
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 Hugh Wallis. (Resources: Baptisms 1802-1820.)
Bone, Mark. The Belmont Generation of the Bone Family, Devon Family Historian, vol. 118, (2006) p.12. [Of Belmont House, which is pictured]
Burgess, Roger. Urgently Seeking George (Henry) Burgess, Devon Family Historian, vol. 154, (2015) pp.6-7. [Married Rebecca Sampson, 1 Feb 1852]
Dyson, Cilla. Lellah Pound (neé Saundercock) and Family, Devon Family Historian, vol. 128, (2008) pp.33-34. [Lellah Saundercock b. 28 Oct 1859 in Devonport, m. Charles Pound at St. Mary's, Devonport 21 Dec 1880.]
Geyye, Nicholas. The Gedye Exodus, Nicholas Gedye (2007) 149 pp. [ISBN 9780 9522745 13] [DFHS Library 929.2/GED]
Hawkins, Dennis. Vera Mabel Hawkins (1903-1923, Devon Family Historian, vol. 147, (2013) pp.4-5.
Lawer, Diana. Falling into Place, Devon Family Historian, vol. 150, (2014) pp.9-11. [Berry and Welsh families]
Levers, Denzil. Edward Levers of Stoke Damerel and his Descendants, The Author (2002).
Pascoe, W.H. Local History and Family History - An Example of how They Are Linked, Devon Family Historian, vol. 120, (2006) pp.14-17. [Devonport Dockyard and the Pascoe Family]
Phillips, Brian. Edward and Mary Rawl, Devon Family Historian, vol. 139, (2011) pp.15-16. [Married Stoke Damerel 1852]
Rawlins, Cosmo W.H. Family quartette: the families of Rawlins of Stoke Courcy (Somerset), Hooper of Devonport and Maidstone, Smith-Wyndham of E. Yorks, and Russell (Dukes of Bedford). Yeovil: the author (1962). [19-20th c.]
Skinner, A.J.P. Stephens family. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 10:3, (1918) pp.89-90. [Extracts from parish registers etc.]
Soutar, Jo. Who Are They, Devon Family Historian, vol. 134, (2010) pp.12. [Re the Toms Family]
Welch, C.E. A Hampshire sailor in Devonport, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, 29 (4), 1963, pp. 113-15.
General historical and descriptive information, area map from 1765, details about administrative boundaries, etc., about Devonport and Stoke Damerel from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.
Plymouth Data (archived copy) - An encyclopaedia of historical information about the "Three Towns" of Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse, and also also the ancient parishes of St Budeaux, Eggbuckland, Tamerton Foliot, Plympton St Maurice, Plympton St Mary and Plymstock, which make up the modern City of Plymouth, compiled by Brian Moseley - highly recommended.
Transcript of the historical and descriptive account of the Borough of Devonport in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.
Barker, Gerald W. Days in Devonport; Parts 1-4. P.D.S. Printers Ltd., Faraday Road, Plymouth, Devon (c1980) [Index to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4]
Barber, Tony (ed.) Devonport Memories. Plymouth College of Further Education (1989) 53p. ill. [Westcountry Studies Library]
Burns, K. V. The Devonport Dockyard Story. Liskeard, Cornwall: Maritime Books (1984) 126 pp. ill. ISBN: 0907771149.
Butter, John. Remarks on Irritative Fever, Commonly Called the Plymouth Dock-Yard Disease. Devonport: Printed by Congdon & Hearle for Underwoods, Fleet Street, London; Black, Edinburgh, and Macarthur, Dublin, (1825) xviii, 302 pp. [Contents] [Index]
Cheesman, A.J. Plymouth, Devonport, South Western Junction Railway (1967). [Devon FHS Library 385.094235]
Cusack, Janet and Cusack, Bridget. Plymouth and Devonport Church and Chapel Rowing Clubs before the1939-45 War, The Authors, 10 Ranscombe Close, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 9UR (2000?) 32 pp. [Devon FHS Library p292.2/PLY]
G., S. [Silvia C.Guthrig], "Devonport," Devon Family Historian pp.15-21 (Aug 1992).
Glanville, George. A Companion to the Plymouth and Devonport National Breakwater. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, Devonport: Printed and Published by J. Johns (1825), illus. 59 pp. [Contents]
Guthrig, Silvia. From Plymouth Dock to Devonport (2nd ed.). Devon FHS (1999). [DFHS Library p942.35/PLY].
Pascoe, W.H. Hotham Place - Millbridge - Plymouth, Devon Family Historian, vol. 73, (1995) pp.27-33. [History of the street and its residents - with list of surnames of householders from a number of directories, from 1877 to 1939.]
Parsons, Dr. Report to the Local Government Board on an Outbreak of Diptheria at Devonport, (1881) 4 pp. [With plan of milk shop at Nos 106 and 107 Fore Street]
Tait, Derek. Devonport Through Time. Amberley Publishing (2012) 96 pp. [ISBN-10: 1445607743]
Whitfeld, Henry Francis. Plymouth and Devonport, in times of war and peace. pp. xi. 560. 48. E. Chapple: Plymouth (1900). [BL - 2368.dd.7] [Contents & Subscribers]
Worth, Richard Nicholls. History of the Town and Borough of Devonport, sometime Plymouth Dock. Plymouth (1870) [BL 10368.b.37.] [Index]
Worth, R.N. Guide to the Three Towns: And Neighbourhood, Plymouth, W. Brendon and Son (c1886) 136 pp. [Details of DFHS CD Facsimile]
Devonport in c1860 - provided by Mark Sandford.
Map of the area from OldeMaps (circa 1950).
Morice Town in c1860 - provided by Mark Sandford.
Brookes, Jean. HMS Beagle, Devon Family Historian, vol. 110, (2004) pp.30-31. [Crew list for HMS Beagle, which sailed from Devonport]
Accounts of the history of Devonport and Keham Dockyards, provided by Battleships-Cruisers.co.uk.
Detailed listing of several thousand workers in the Plymouth Dock Yard (1779).
Listing of Devonport-born men who fought at Trafalgar, from DevonportOnline.
Body, P., "The Gun Wharf at Plymouth Dock," Devon Family Historian, no. 74, pp.9-12 (1995).
Dicker, George. A Short History of Devonport Dockyard. (1971) [DFHS LOC 73]
Thomas, Chris. "Lamentable Intelligence from the Admiralty", Devon Family Historian, no. 101, (Feb 2002) pp.19-22. [About the accidental sinking of HMS Vanguard in 1875, with a listing of all involved in the subsequent court martial - the account features the names Gaden/Gadden, Tarleton, Hathorn, Hickley, Marshall, and Dawkins, in particular.]
Wigmore, Alfred and Derek Knell. History of the Police in Devonport Dockyard. (1978) [DFHS LOC 43]
Chope, R. Pearse. Farewell Dinner to Captain Scott. The Devonian Year Book, London: The Devonian Asociation, illus. pp. 14-20. [Scott was born in Stoke Damerel] [Index]
Chope, R. Pearse. Captain Scott’s Antarctic Expedition: An Appeal to Devonians. The Devonian Year Book, London: The Devonian Asociation, illus. pp. 36-40. [Index]
Form of the Dock-Yard Grand Coronation Pageant which took place at Devonport .... in commemoration of the Coronation of King William and Queen Adelaide, September 8th I83I, J. Mudge, Printer (1831) 36 pp. [Indexed page images]
Chiswell, Ann. Devonport workhouse. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 35:2, (1982) pp.79-82.
Report of the inquiry instituted by the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Exeter as Visitor of the Orphan’s Home established by the Sisters of Mercy at Morice Town, Devonport, into certain statements published in the Devonport Telegraph.. Plymouth: Roger Lidstone (1849), text pp. 80; appendix, iv. [Index]
Mr. Barrow, An Account of the Births and Burials with the Number of the Inhabitants at Stoke-Damerell in the County of Devon, Philosophical Transactions (1683-1775), Vol. 39, 1 Jan 1753, pp.171-172.
Summaries of the wills of Elizabeth Mallett (1785) and John Mallett (1769) provided by Mike Mallett.Will of Lt. William Browne (1833), transcribed by Ian Hearder.
Will of Abraham Pincombe (1831) transcribed by Elizabeth Kipp.
Will of John Bath (1812) transcribed by Melba Jarvis Miller.
Wills of Aaron Strugnell (1799), Josiah Udall (1780), Albinia Lane (1840), Margaret Miall (1840), John Pope (1823), John Pope (1823), Joseph Polyblank (1829), Sarah Polyblank (1832), Isabella Usherwood (1848) and William Rudd (1853), transcribed by Ros Dunning.
Wills of Evan Evans (1815), William Evans (1867) Henry George (1847), Honor George (1847) and Julia Devitte (1929), transcribed by Irene Marlborough.
Will of Ann Kinsman (1798), transcribed by Elizabeth Bickerstaffe.
An account of the history of the school (archived copy), from the Devonport High School web-site.
Devonport High School Old Boys Online - discussion forum and photo gallery.
Stephens, Michael. Historic School Photos: Higher Elementary School, Stoke, later to be called Stoke Damerel School for Girls, Devon Family Historian, vol. 114, (2005) pp.29-30.
Whitfeld, Henry F.H. A Torch in Flame: the history of Devonport High School for Boys, Plymouth, Exeter, Devon Books (1987). [O 86114-796-0] [Henry Whitfeld was a pupil 1914-1927, Teacher 1934-1969 and was Head of the English Department.]
Chiswell, Ann. Land Tax Assessments. Devon Family Historian 34 (1985) pp.21-22.
Worth, R.N. Residents in the 'three towns' in 1522-3. Trans. Devon Assoc. vol. 26 (1894) pp.401-415. [Index]Find help, report problems, and contribute information.
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