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"TAMERTON FOLIOTT is a large and handsome village, pleasantly seated at the head of a creek, from the confluence of the Tamar and the Tavy, 4 miles N.W. of Plymouth. . . . It was one of the quarters of Prince Maurice's army, when besieging Plymouth, in 1643. Its parish contains 1214 inhabitants, and 4641 acres of land, but only 3805 are titheable. . . . The manor of Tamerton Foliott . . . now belongs to the Rev. Walter Radcliffe, who resides at Warleigh, the ancient manor house, near the mouth of the Tavy. . . . Maristow, more than two miles north of Tamerton, and 7 miles S. of Tavistock, is delightfully seated on the east bank of the Tavy, and is the seat and manor of Sir Ralph Lopes, . . . The Church (St. Peter,) is an ancient structure, with a lofty tower, and contains some antique monuments, one of which has the effigy of one of the Gorges, in plate armour. The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £17. 7s. 8½d., and in 1831 at £315, is in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor, and the incumbency of the Rev. G.F. Arthur, . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Roborough Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter. Includes Martinstow (also known as Stow St Martin).


A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Church of St Mary is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 7 of Devon Memorial inscriptions (DE/M20).

Church History

Note: The indication, in the above quotation from White's 1850 Devonshire Directory, that the parish church is dedicated to St Peter, would appear to be incorrect.
Bebbington, P. S. Saint Mary's Church, Tamerton Foliot: a history guide. [Tamerton Foliot]: Published by the Vicar and Churchwardens of Tamerton Foliot, Parish Church (1981) 32 p. ill., 1 map, 1 facsim. ; 30 cm. ISBN: 0950785202 (pbk).

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1794 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 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838 - for details see their book list.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

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

Plymouth Marriage Index: Volume 1:, Exeter, Devon Family History Society (2001). [Includes marriages for Tamerton Foliot (1837-1948).]
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

Bryant, Betty and Arthur L. Clamp. Portrait of Tamerton Foliot village, Part Two. (1983) [DFHS LOC 46]


Transcript of entry in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devon (1870), provided by Val Henderson.

Transcription provided by Val Henderson of the Tamerton Foliatt, Kings Tamerton and St. Budeaux entry (description and names) in Pigot and Co's Directory of Devonshire 1830-31.


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 Alick Lavers, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Baptisms, marriages & burials on fiche.)


General historical and descriptive information, area map from 1765, details about administrative boundaries, etc., about Tamerton Foliot 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.

Cardwell, Jean. A brief history of Cann House. Tamerton Foliot: Cann House [1994] [24]p: ill, maps. [Westcountry Studies Library - px728.8/TAM/CAR]
Clamp, A.L. Tamerton Foliot. Metherell: Caradon Printers (1981) 31p. chiefly ill. [Westcountry Studies Library]
Spencer, H. Notes on the parish and parish church of Tamerton Foliot. [Tamerton Foliot?]: [Church?] [1952?] 12p, plates. [Westcountry Studies Library - p726.5/TAM/SPE]
Tamerton Foliot. Tamerton Foliot Village Conservation Society (1977) 14p: ill, map. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/PLY 1/0001/TAM]


Bebbington, P.S. The Story of Mary Dean's School. (1984) [ISBN 0950785210] [DFHS LOC 38]
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