"MARYSTOW, or Stowe St Mary, is a scattered parish on both sides of the Lyd valley, from 6 to 8 miles N.W. by N. of Tavistock. It contains 574 souls, and 2895 acres of land, including the hamlets of Cholwell and Dipperton, and part of the village of Lew Down. . . . It is mostly in the manors of Sydenham and Raddon Allerford, which belong to J.H. Tremayne, Esq., of Sydenham House, a large Elizabethan mansion, with tasteful grounds, on the banks of the Lyd. It was built by Sir Thomas Wise, who was knighted at the coronation of James I. It contains some fine portraits of the Wise and Tremayne families, and was garrisoned for the king, till taken by Colonel Holbourn, in January, 1645. The Gould, Harris, Pellow, and other families, have estates in the parish. The Church is a handsome structure, with a tower and six bells, and was cleaned and renovated about ten years ago. J.H. Tremayne, Esq., is impropriator of the great tithes, and patron of the vicarage, valued in K.B. at £12. 16s. 0½d., and in 1831 at £321, with that of Thrushelton annexed to it. The Rev. E.E. Rimell is the incumbent, and has a good residence and 114A. of glebe. The tithes were commuted in 1849, the rectorial for £186. 19s., and the vicarial for £168. 7s. The poor have £20 a year from Tremayne's Charity. " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Lifton Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter.