"TOWNSTAL extends north-west beyond the borough, and comprises the hamlets of Norton, 0ldmill, Ford, and Warfleet, and 1688A. 3R. 34p. of land, mostly the property of Sir Henry Paul Seale, Bart., lord of the manors of Townstal and Norton-Dawney; who has a large castellated mansion here, called Mount Boon, situated on a commanding eminence, west of the town, and formerly a seat of the Boone and Harris families, the latter of whom sold the estate to the Seales about 1700. . . . Townstal Church (St. Clement,) on a bold eminence about half a mile north of the town, is an ancient structure, of early English. architecture, with a lofty tower, containing four bells. The interior has several neat mural tablets, and the living is a vicarage, valued in 1831 at £135, with the curacy of St. Saviour's annexed to it in the patronage of Sir H. P. Seale, and incumbency of the Rev. John Tracey, B.A., who has a good residence, and two yearly stipends, viz., £105 out of the tithes of Sherford, and about £18 out of the tithes of Townstal parish, which were commuted in 1840 for £294. 17s. 6d. per annum. The latter formerly belonged to Tor Abbey, but have been in the impropriation of the corporation of Dartmouth since the Reformation; and they had also the advowson till they sold it a few years ago." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish within the seaport, market town and borough of Dartmouth, in Coleridge Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter, that had 1014 inhabitants in 1801. Includes Hardness.
Transcript of the 1841 Census, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.
Townstall - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).
Watkin, hugh R. The Lost Chapel of Saint Clare at Hardness, Dartmouth. Trans. Devon Assoc. 61 (1929) pp.219-232.
Parish Registers going back to 1653 are held in the Devon Record Office.
Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1653, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1597, are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.
The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.
Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1597-1837, Marriages 1597-1633, 1653-1837.
McNaught, M.J. Marriage Registers of the Deanery of Totnes, Devon, Vol.2: Dartmouth (St Clement or Townstall) M 1597-1850, strays index; Dartmouth (St Petrox) M1610-1850, strays index; Dartmouth (St Saviours) M1586-1850, strays index, (2006). [SoG Library DE/R 99] [Transcripts are available on the Dartmouth Archives web-site.]
The Deanery of Totnes: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials . . . with photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850, CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2009).
Transcripts of Dartmouth Townstall (St Clement) parish registers and Bishop's transcripts, 1597-1837, LDS Film 0917194.
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
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