"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.


Church History

Manaton - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).


Church Records

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 Devon Parish 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]


Description & Travel

Section on Manaton  from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Lockie.

Conservation Area Appraisal for Manaton - an interesting account of the area, with numerous photographs and maps.

You can see pictures of Manaton which are provided by:



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.



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]



Baldwin, Jean et al (comp.).The Book of Manaton. Halsgrove Press, Halsgrove House, Lower Moor Way, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6SS (1999) 208p. [ISBN 1841140384] [Index A - F, Index G - M, Index N - Y]

G. Wareing Ormerod. What is Grimspound?. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 1872 , Vol. V, pp. 41-46. [Index]

Pengelly, W. Recent Discoveries in the Parishes of Chagford and Manaton, Devonshire. Trans. Devon Assoc. vol. XII, (1880), tables, pp. 365-379. [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]


Land & Property

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:


Names, Personal

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, [1913]. pp. 11.



Window Tax records for 1755 are held by the Devon Record Office.