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"RATTERY, or Rattrey, a small village on an eminence, four miles W. by N. of Totnes, has in its parish 485 souls, and 2823A. 3R. 23P. of land. Marley House, a large and handsome stuccoed mansion, with a fine lawn, is the residence of the Dowager Lady Carew, who is daughter and heiress of the late Walter Palk, Esq., and carried the manor of Rattery and other estates to the late Sir Henry Carew, Bart. Her eldest son, Sir. W.P. Carew, is now lord of the manor, but part of the soil belongs to R. Brown, Esq., and a few smaller owners. The Church is an ancient structure, with a tower, containing four bells, and crowned by a small spire. It has been repaired by Lady Carew, and now has a handsome appearance. Some of its windows have lately been decorated with stained glass. The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £14. 10s., and in 1831 at £240, is in the patronage of Sir W.P. Carew, and incumbency of the Rev. R.P. Carew, who has a good residence and 60A. 3R. 5P. of glebe. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Stanborough Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter. Regarded as part of the South Hams area.

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Census

Name index to the 1841 census, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.

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Church History

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

Burns, J.S. Syon Abbey. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 25, (1893) pp.343-355. [Index]

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Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1563 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1653, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1609, are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1800-1837 - for details see their book list.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1820-37 - see Ashburton Circuit (PRO RG 4/840)

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1609-1837, Marriages 1609-1618, 1631-1641, 1653-1837. (These entries are in part from Bishops' Transcripts.)

The Deanery of Totnes: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials . . . with photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850, CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2009).

Sellman, R.R. Rattery, Devon: edited transcript of parish registers to 1837, with family reconstitutions and other evidence. Typescript (1992) 98p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.3/RAT/1609]

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Description & Travel

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

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Directories

Transcription of the entry in White's Devonshire Directory (1850) by Terry Partridge.

Transcription provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.

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Gazetteers

The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.

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Genealogy

The South Hams Genealogical Information Resource website offers lookups in their records concerning this parish.

Hannaford, Ronda. Susannah Hannaford & Her Family, Gould Books, 1267 North East Road, Ridgehaven SA 5097. [ISBN 0 947284 00 1]

Phillips, Alan. Family Tree of William & Susannah Hannaford, Gould Books, 1267 North East Road, Ridgehaven SA 5097. 112 pp.[ISBN 0 947284 20 6]

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Rattery has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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History

Your Devon? Rattery, Devon Family Historian, No. 68, Nov. 1993, pp. 16-17.

The Book of Rattery, Compiled by the People of the Parish (Halsgrove Community History Series), Halsgrove House, Lower Moor Way, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6SS, UK, Halsgrove Publishing (2001) 160 pp. [ISBN 1841141011] [Index]

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Maps

View a map of the boundaries of this town/parish.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX740615 (Lat/Lon: 50.439784, -3.775724), Rattery which are provided by:

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Names, Personal

Rattery contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

The Report of the Commissioners Concerning Charities: Containing that Part which Relates to the County of Devon, Exeter, T. Besley (1826-30). [Rattery extract]

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Probate Records

Transcript of the will of Margery Blake (1838), provided by Elizabeth Kipp.