"BERE FERRIS, or Bere Ferrers, commonly called Beer Town, is a small village on the western bank of the navigable river Tavy, about two miles above the confluence of the estuary of the Tamar, about 8 miles N. by W. of Plymouth, and 9½ miles S. of Tavistock. Its parish includes . . . many scattered farm houses, &c.; and contains 2142 inhabitants, and 5888 acres of fertile land, bounded on the east and west by the tidal waters of the Tamar and Tavy, and terminating at their point of confluence. Ii is noted for producing vast quantities of apples, cherries, strawberries, gooseberries, currants, &c., and the finest cider. . . . At Weir Quay are extensive smelting works, and in the neighbourhood are several lead and tin mines, yielding a large portion of silver, and employing above 1000 hands. . . . The Church (St. Andrew,) is an ancient structure, mostly in the decorated style, and has an embattled tower. . . . BEER-ALSTON, a small ancient town and disfranchised borough, in the parish, is pleasantly situated on a gentle eminence, overlooking the vales of the Tamar and Tavy, on the east and west, and distant about 3 miles N. of the parish church. . . . Here is an Independent Chapel, built in 1809; and also a small Wesleyan Chapel. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Roborough Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter.
Hobart, Henry. The death of Charles Stothard: an eye witness account, Wakefield, Box Tree Press (1981) p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library: p920/STO] [C. Stothard, Engraver, fell to his death in Beer Ferrers Church]
Glanville, J. Gleanings from Parish Registers. Devon Family Historian 45 (1988) pp.23-24.
Granville, Roger & Mugford, W.E. (eds.) Bere Ferrers, 1605-1607. Abstracts of the Existing Transcripts of the Lost Parish-Registers of Devon, 1596-1644, and short notes on the extant pre-reformation registers of all the parishes in the county, from particulars furnished by the several incumbents thereof. Vol. 1 A-Bra. Exeter: W. Pollard (1908). [Full text]
This parish is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.
Benson, J. The Ferrers, Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 21, 1940-41, pp. 57-62, 98-105, 157-62 & 195-9. [Raymond: Of Bere Ferrers, Devon, and Cornwall; medieval. ]
Boase, C.W. The Leys of Beerferris and old Plymouth. Western Antiquary 3, 1884 pp. 76 & 83-84.
Martyn, W.W. Notes on the family of Ley in Beer Ferrers. Western Antiquary 4, 1885, pp. 112-24. [Raymond: Pedigree, 17-19th c., of Ley alias Kempthorne of Kempthorne in Devon, and Tonacombe, Morwenstow, Cornwall, 15-19th c.]
N., J.G. Devonshire charters, connected with the family of Ferrers, Collectanea topographica et genealogica 8, 1843, pp. 33-5.
Norris, Dwane V. The Vogler/Fogler family history: Bere Ferrers, Devon, England to Chatham, Kent, Ontario, Canada, Jackson, Mich. : D.V. Norris, (c2002) viii, 111 leaves: ill., geneal. tables, maps, ports. [LDS 929.271 V868n]
X. The tombstones of Charles Arthur Stothard in Beer-Ferrers churchyard, Notes and Gleanings . . . Devon and Cornwall 1, 1988, pp. 110-111.
You can see the administrative areas in which Beer Ferrers has been placed at times in the past.
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Snell, Ruth. Inspeximus: Poetry from the manors of The Roborough Hundred. Silverwood Books (2014) 114 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-1781323021] ["Each poem is written with reference to one of the historical manors, and is presented with a short piece of information about the history of the relevant manor."]
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX459634 (Lat/Lon: 50.450081, -4.172008), Beer Ferrers which are provided by: