"POOL, (SOUTH) a small village at the head of a navigable creek, five miles S.S.E. of Kingsbridge, has in its parish 555 souls, and 1929A. 3R. 18P. of land including, North Pool hamlet and part of Frogmore village. (See Sherford.) W.M. Praed, Esq., is lord of the manor of South Pool, and the Earl of Devon owns that of North Pool; but Thos. Cornish, Esq., Mr. Edw. Garland, and a few smaller owners, have estates here, chiefly freehold. The parish was anciently held by the de Pola, Punchardon, and Scobel families. The Church (St. Cyriac,) is a fine specimen of the perpendicular style, with a lofty tower and six bells. The interior has transepts, and has a neat and clean appearance. The screen is elaborately carved; and in the chancel is a handsome altar tomb or Easter sepulchre, with a representation of the Resurrection in front of it. Here are also monuments for members of the Dare, Lake, and Bastard families. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £22. 16s. 5½d., and in 1831 at £486, is in the patronage of W. M. Praed and A. Kelly, Esqrs., the former having two turns and the latter one. The Rev. Henry Taylor, M.A., is the incumbent, and has a large and handsome residence, and 52A. 2R. 23P. of glebe. The tithes were commuted in 1840, for £387 per annum. The poor have 25s. and the rector 15s. yearly, left by Andrew Horsman, in 1687; and the former have an annuity of 21s., left by Leonard Dare." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Coleridge Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter. Regarded as part of the South Hams area.
Transcription of the 1841 census, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.
South Pool - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).
Parish Registers going back to 1664 are held in the Devon Record Office.
The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838 - for details see their book list.
Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):
- Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1813-37 - see Kingsbridge (PRO RG 4/1088)
- Wesleyan Chapel, North Pool: Registers for c1813-37 - see Kingsbridge (PRO RG 4/1088)
Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).
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.
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
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Geare, R. Holwell. Richard Halwell, armiger, of South Pool near Exon, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 26, 1954-5, pp. 110-11. [15-16th c.]
You can see the administrative areas in which South Pool has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
Adams, B.N. Devon's most southerly parish [193-?] [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/SOU 6/0001/ADA]
Adams, B.N. South Pool: its church and village. South Pool?: The Church? (1935) 20p, plate: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - B/SOU 6/0001/ADA]
Knight, Douglas. Halwell House, South Pool: an interim history. [s.l.]: [s.n.] (1993) 12 leaves; col ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - px728/SOU/KNI]
Page, Rosalind. South Pool long ago. [Printed by Nick Walker Printing, Kingsbridge 852812] (1996) 20p: port. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/SOU 6/0001/PAG] [Index]
Shepherd, Doreen. South Pool: Portrait of a Devon Village. The Author, South Pool (1997).
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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX776403 (Lat/Lon: 50.249975, -3.71816), South Pool which are provided by:
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- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
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Will of Sampson Hele (1655), transcribed by Kathleen Noye.