"MANATON, or Manadon, is a small village, on an eminence, near the rocky hills and the sources of the West Teign, or Bovey river, on the eastern side of Dartmoor, 3½ miles S.W. of Moreton-Hampstead. Its parish contains 429 souls, and 6393 acres of land, including the hamlets of Freeland and Water, and more than 2000 acres of commons and wastes, amid some of the wildest scenery of Dartmoor Forest. Hountor, a stupendous group of rocks, appears like ruined turrets and broken pinnacles, and as seen from different points of view, assumes an endless variety of fantastic figures. . . . The Earl of Devon owns a great part of the parish, and has a rabbit warren of 600 acres here. The rest belongs to the French, Nosworthy, Barham, and Bryant families, and other freeholders; and on the south side of the parish are the Haytor Rock Granite works. . . . The Church (St. Winifred,) is a fine old structure, in the early perpendicular style, with an embattled tower and four bells. It was much injured by lightning on Dec. 13th, 1779. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £13. 12s. 8½d., is in the patronage of the Rev. Wm. Carwithen, D.D., and incumbency of the Rev. W.P. Wood, . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Teignbridge Hundred, and the Archdeaconry of Totnes and Diocese of Exeter. Regarded as part of the Dartmoor area.
Dupre, Catherine. John Galsworthy: a biography. London: Collins (1976) 315p,8p of plates. [ISBN 0002113929]
Harpley, Rev. W. Rev Robert Cooper Douglas, M.A. [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1887, Vol XIX, pp.41-42. [Transcript]
Ould, Hermon. John Galsworthy. London: Chapman (1935) 244p, 15 of pls.
Reynolds, Mabel Edith. Memories of John Galsworthy. London: Hale (1936) xii, 13-128p, 24 of pls.
Wheeler, Edith. John Galsworthy in Devon. Devon Life vol. 5 no. 36, (1969) pp.30-31; ill. [Writer, 1867-1933]
Jay's Grave - unconsecrated grave of Mary (or Kitty) Jay.
Brown, Mike. Manaton (Pre-1900 Survey). In Dartmoor Region Monumental Inscriptions Indexes, Vol. 20. Dartmoor Press, PO Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL.
Manaton - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).
Parish Registers going back to 1653 are held in the Devon Record Office.
The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1843 - for details see their book list.
Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).
Brown, Mike. Pre-1754 Marriage Index for North Bovey and Manaton. The Dartmoor Press (1999).
An index of baptisms (1813-1839), marriages (1754-1837) and burials (1813-1837) in the parishes of Ashburton, Bickington, Bovey Tracey, Buckland in the Moor, Hennock, Highweek, Ideford, Ilsington, Kingsteignton, Lustleigh, Manaton, Moretonhampstead, North Bovey, Teigngrace and Widecombe in the Moor. Photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850., CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2011). [Ashburton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Ashburton Independent Chapel Bapt: 1817-1839; Bickington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1771-1837; Bovey Tracey Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Bovey Tracey Baptist Chapel, Bur: 1784-1837; Buckland in the Moor Bapt: 1813-1851, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1737-1840; Hennock Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Highweek Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; Ideford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; llsington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Kingsteignton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Lustleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1785-1837; Manaton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1843; Moretonhampstead Bapt: 1813 1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; North Bovey Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Teigngrace Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Widecombe in the Moor Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837]
Brown, Mike. Trade Directory for Buckland in the Moor, Ilsington, Lustleigh, Manaton, North Bovey, Widecombe 1850, 1870, 1878, Dartmoor Press (2001).
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Manaton to another place.
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.
Dartmoor Press Online Magazine's page for this parish (archived copy), with articles, transcriptions, publication details, etc. - highly recommended.
Heyward, Richard. The Heyward family of Devon: a genealogy of descendants of the Heywards of Langstone in the parish of Manaton. U.S.A.: Star News Publishing (1936) xv, 180p: ill,map. [Westcountry Studies Library - s929.2/HEY]
You can see the administrative areas in which Manaton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
G. Wareing Ormerod. What is Grimspound?. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 1872 , Vol. V, pp. 41-46. [Index]
Pike, Claude. Heathercombe: the history of a Dartmoor valley. Tiverton: Westcountry Books (1993) 92p: ill,maps. [ISBN 1898386021]
Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Manaton, Devon. Typescript (1962) 9 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]
Brown, Mike. Manaton. In "Dartmoor Tithe Apportionments, Vol. 5". The Dartmoor Press (c1997) 16p.
View a map of the boundaries of this town/parish.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX749812 (Lat/Lon: 50.617054, -3.769671), Manaton which are provided by:
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- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
Torr, Cecil. Index to the Names of the Male Inhabitants over 18 Years of Age in the Parishes of Moretonhampstead, Hennock, Lustleigh, South Bovey otherwise Bovey Tracey, North Bovey, Manaton, Ilsington, and Widecombe in the Moor, in the Years 1641, 1642. Cambridge University Press, . pp. 11.