"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. Its parish has 127 souls, and 3469 acres of land, partly 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 R. Lopes, the Northmore family, and several smaller owners. Longstone, the ancient seat of the Elford family, is now farm-house. The Church is a small antique fabric, with a tower and five bells; and the living is a curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Bickleigh. A house, left for repairing the church, is let for £4. The poor have two cottages, and also 5A. of land, let for £11. In the parish are two large rabbit warrens." [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.