"REVELSTOKE parish has it church on the sea coast, near Stoke Point and Bigbury Bay, but most of its inhabitants are in the large fishing village of NOSS MAYO, which lies in a low situation, on the south side of a creek from the mouth of the Yealm, opposite Newton Ferrers, nine miles S.E. of Plymouth. Crabs, lobsters, herrings, and other fish are caught at Noss Mayo, where the villagers suffered severely from cholera in 1849, when about 50 of them died, and more than 200 were afflicted with the dreadful malady. . . . The parish had 613 inhabitants in 1841, and contains 1470A. 2R. 19P. of land. The manor of Revelstoke was long the property and seat of the Revells, and was sold about 12 years ago, by Sir J. Perring, to its present owner, Robert Robertson, Esq., of Membland. W.W. Pendarves, Esq., owns the manor of Lambside, and part of the parish belongs to a few smaller owners. The Church is an ancient structure, with a small belfry and two bells; and in Noss Mayo, is a small Chapel of Ease, erected in 1838. The benefice is a perpetual curacy, consolidated with the vicarage of Yealmpton. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



The "Of the Parish" (archived copy) headstone and memorial indexing and photography project aims to put details of the people who died in Plymouth and the surrounding area online. The churchyards and burial grounds for which gravestone images have been collected and names entered into a consolidated database are to date: Oreston Methodist Church (Plymstock), Pleasure Hill non conformist burial ground (Oreston, Plymstock), Royal Naval Hospital burial ground (No Place Field, Plymouth), St Budeaux, St Edward (Egg Buckland), St Peter The Poor Fisherman (Stoke Beach near Noss Mayo, Revelstoke), and Milehouse overflow burial ground, Devonport (Stoke Damerel).

MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.


Church History

Transcription of an account of the history of the Church of St Peter the Poor Fisherman, Revelstoke, by Chris Burgoyne.

McFarlane, Gillian. St Peter the Poor Fisherman, Revelstoke, Devon Family Historian, vol. 119, (2006) pp.10-12.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1649 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).

Peskett: "The modern church at Noss Mayo is on the site of a medieval chapel of ease without separate registers."

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the Deanery of Plympton. with photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850 and The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868), CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2007). [Brixton: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Cornwood: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1838), Ermington: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1838), Bur (1813-1837 ), Harford: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1755-1837), Bur (1813-1838), Holbeton: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Ivybridge: Bapt (1835-1840), Mar (1835-1840), Bur (1836-1840), Kingston: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1836), Bur (1813-1837), Modbury: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Newton Ferrers: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1836), Bur (1813-1837)), North Huish: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Plympton St. Mary: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Plympton St. Maurice: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Plymstock: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Revelstoke: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Shaugh Prior: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1835), Ugborough: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1841), Bur (1813-1837), Wembury: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1612-1837), Bur (1813-1840), Yealmpton: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837)]


Description & Travel

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

Conservation Area Appraisal for Noss Mayo - an interesting account of the area, with numerous photographs and maps [Downloadable PDF].

Barber, Chips. Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo. Pinhoe, Exeter: Obelisk Publications. [ISBN 1899073418].

You can see pictures of Revelstoke which are provided by:



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

Copy provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870 for Revelstoke and Noss Mayo.



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



The Online Parish Clerk for this parish is Diantha Howard, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: PRs on fiche - limited access to fiche reader.)

Browne-Wilkinson, Virginia. Pepperrell posterity. Florence: V.Browne-Wilkinson (1982) xvi, 220p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - s929.2/PEP]

Maunder, Peter and Maunder, Elaine. In Search of Nathaniel Maunder, Devon Family Historian, vol. 165, (2018) pp.36-37. [Nathaniel Maunder of Noss Mayo, m. Ann Revel, at Revelstoke, 1803]

Maunder, Peter and Maunder, Elaine. In Search of Nathaniel Maunder - feedbacl success, Devon Family Historian, vol. 166, (2018) p.12.

Revell, Alan. Revell - New Zealand emigrants, Devon Family Historian, no. 180, (2021) pp.37-39.



Clamp, Arthur L. Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo remembered. Plymouth: A.L.Clamp (1986) 24p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - pxB/NEW 2/1900/CLA]

Copy of a descriptive volume of Membland and St. Peter's, Revelstoke. Plymouth: R. White Stephens (1887) 27p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/REV/1887/COP]

Your Devon: Newton Ferrers. Devon Family Historian No.90 (May 1999) pp. 32-37 [Extract from White's 1850 Directory, plus photographs, of Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo]



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX564464 (Lat/Lon: 50.300025, -4.017653), Revelstoke which are provided by:


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). [Revelstoke extract]