[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]
"NEWTON-FERRERS, a parish in the hundred of Ermington, county Devon, 2 miles S. by W. of Yealmpton, and 7½ S.E. of Plymouth, its post town. The village is situated on rising ground at the extremity of a creek formed by the estuary of the river Yealm, and within 2 miles of the sea-coast. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in agriculture, and in the fisheries on the coast. There are quarries of limestone, sandstone, and schistose slate. The river Yealm is here navigable for vessels of 80 tons. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £429, and the glebe comprises 110 acres. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter, value £456. The church, dedicated to the Holy Cross, is a structure with a square embattled tower containing five bells. The interior of the church contains monuments to the Potter and Yonge families, also a three-stone sedilia, and a piscina with a double arch of very early date. There are almshouses supported by subscription, also a National school. Puslinch House, Porr House, and Sorr Villa are the principal residences. H. Roe and John Holberton, Esqs., are joint lords of the manor. Some years since a cavern was discovered in the limestone rock, containing the bones and other remains of the elephant, hyaena, cave bear, and other extinct animals."
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003