Sydenham Damerel


"SYDENHAM-DAMEREL, or South Sydenham, is a scattered parish, on the eastern side of the Tamar valley, about four to five miles W.N.W. of Tavistock, containing 369 souls, and about 2200 acres of land. The Executors of the late John Carpenter, Esq., are lords of the manor, owners of a great part of the soil, and patrons of the rectory, valued in K.B. at £10. 6s. 8d., and in 1831 at £245. The Rev. C.E. Radclyffe, M.A., is the incumbent, and has 162A. of glebe, and a large residence. The tithes have been commuted for £165 per annum. The Church (St. Mary,) is a small fabric, in the perpendicular style, with a handsome tower, containing five bells. . . . H. Rundle, G.C. Bloye, J.S. Lethbridge, J.H. Gill, and Hy. Hoidge, have estates in the parish." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Lifton Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter.



Brown, Mike. Guide Notes to Monuments in Devon Churches & Graveyards: Bere Ferrers, Sydenham Damerel. The Dartmoor Press. 16pp. [de Ferrers]


Nick Mayne has prepared an index to the 1891 census, and is prepared to check for particular names in it on request.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1539 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1750-1837 - for details see their book list.

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

Parish Church Marriages and Baptisms for 1542-1717 are in the 5-CDROM LDS British Vital Records Index (1538-1888), (Item #50028).

Brown, Mike. 1754-1812 Burial Indexes: Sydenham Damarel. RT41, Dartmoor Press (2000).
The Deanery of Tavistock, CD008, Devon Family History Society, Exeter (2007). [Contains indexes: Bradstone - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1755-1838, Burials 1813-1837; Brentor - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1834, Burials 1801-1845; Bridestowe - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Broadwoodwidger - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1836, Burials 1813-1837; Coryton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1806-1860; Dunterton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1836, Burials 1752-1837; Kelly - Baptisms 1813-1842, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Lamerton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1844, Burials 1812-1838; Lewtrenchard - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1840; Lifton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1650-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Lydford - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1780-1841; Maryystow - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1792-1837; Milton Abbot - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Princetown - Baptisms 1813-1839, Burials 1815-1853; Sourton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1723-1837, Burials 1814-1838; Stowford - Baptisms 1811-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Sydenham Damerel - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1750-1837; Tavistock - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Thrushelton - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Virginstow - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1836, Burials 1813-1839.]

Description and Travel

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

Pictures and description of Sydenham Damerel and the Tamar Valley.



Transcription by Neil Stanton of the entry for Sydenham Damerel in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.

Transcript of entry in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devon (1870), provided by Val Henderson.



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



The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Neil Stanton, who invites queries and lookup requests.


Historical Geography

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



Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the parish of Sydenham Damerel, Devon. Typescript (1966) 8p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/SYD/0001/WIL]


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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX409760 (Lat/Lon: 50.562038, -4.247687), Sydenham Damerel which are provided by: