The Report of the Commissioners Concerning Charities: Containing that Part which Relates to the County of Devon (3 vols.),
Exeter, T. Besley (1826-30), Volume 1, p. 217.

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Parish House and Garden

Sir Warwick Hele, Knight, by his will, bearing date 1st of June 1625, gave to the several churchwardens of the several parishes of Wembury, Yealmpton, Revelstoke and Newton Ferrers, and to the mayor and burgesses of the town of Liskeard, to the use of the poor of the several parishes, 20l to each, to be by them severally employed in setting to work the poor of the said several parishes and town for ever, the yearly benefit that should be raised thereby, to be yearly distributed by the said several churchwardens and mayor, unto the poor of each of the said parishes and town respectively.

There are belonging to the parish of Revelstoke, a house and garden occupied by paupers, which, in the returns of 1786, are said to be vested in the parish officers for the benefit of the poor. They are reputed to have been the property of the parish for a great length of time, but we have been unable to find any document respecting them.

It is not improbably that they may have been purchased with the above mentioned legacy of Sir Warwick Hele.