"PLYMSTOCK is a large straggling village, with some good houses, in a pleasant valley, near Catwater Harbour and Plymouth Sound, 3 miles E. by S. of Plymouth. Its parish contains 2966 inhabitants, and 3550 acres of land, including the villages, &c., of Oreston, Turnchapel, Hooe, Elburton, Pomphlet, and Staddiscombe, mostly on the eastern shore of Plymouth Harbour, where the river Plym finds its way to the ocean. Oreston and Turnchapel are the largest villages, and have ship yards on creeks of the Catwater. . . . The Duke of Bedford is lord of the manor of Plymstock, to whose family it was granted at the dissolution, as part of the possessions of Tavistock Abbey. H.B. Harris, Esq., is lord of the manor of Goosewell, and has a fine ancient seat here, called Radford, where his family has been settled more than four centuries. E.R.P. Bastard, Esq., owns the manor of Staddiscombe, and Sir F.L. Rogers owns West Hooe, but a great part of the parish belongs to the Earl of Morley, and several smaller owners. Plymstock Church (St. Mary and All Saints,) is a large and well-proportioned structure, mostly in the perpendicular style, with a tower and five bells. . . now in the incumbency of the Rev. E.F. Coke, M.A." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Plympton Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter. Includes Hooe (modern parish, 1855).