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Moreleigh

Moreleigh is located within South Hams local authority area. Historically it formed part of Stanborough Hundred. It falls within Totnes Deanery for ecclesiastical purposes. The Deaneries are used to arrange the typescript Church Notes of B.F.Cresswell which are held in the Westcountry Studies Library. The population was 127 in 1801 104 in 1901 . Figures for other years are available on the local studies website. The lay subsidy of 1524 valued the community at £01/01/06. In 1641/2 46 adult males signed the Protestation returns. A market is recorded from 14 cent..

A parish history file is held in Kingsbridge Library. You can look for other material on the community by using the place search on the main local studies database. Further historical information is also available on the Genuki website.

Maps: The image below is of the Moreleigh area on Donn's one inch to the mile survey of 1765.

Moreleigh area on Donn's 1765 map (mor3thumb.jpg)

On the County Series Ordnance Survey mapping the area is to be found on 1:2,500 sheet 126/12 Six inch (1:10560) sheet 126SE
The National Grid reference for the centre of the area is SX766528. On the post 1945 National Grid Ordnance Survey mapping the sheets are: 1:10,000 (six inch to a mile: sheet SX75SE, 1:25,000 mapping: sheet Outdoor Leisure 20, Landranger (1:50,000) mapping: sheet 202. Geological sheet 349 also covers the area.
A fair is known from: 14 cent.. [It is intended to include the local section from The glove is up! Devon's historic fairs, by Tricia Gerrish, by kind permission of the author].

Extract from Devon by W.G.Hoskins (1954), included by kind permission of the copyright holder:

MORELEIGH lies in plateau country with far views towards the Salcombe estuary. The church (All Saints) is a delightful little building, mainly early 14th century in date. The church was "restored" in the 17th century and has some pleasant work of that period, including a plaster ceiling and the pulpit. The reading-desk incorporates parts of the ancient screen. P>

Place Barton, beside the church, has some remains of the former manor house.