Riddalls Families Lewis Families Kellaway Families Eastlake Families Aller/Haller/Halls Families Cross Families

Mary Tavy Parish Church Peter Tavy Parish Church Whitchurch Parish Church Lifton Parish Church
The Parish Church of St Mary, Mary Tavy The Parish Church of St Peter, Peter Tavy The Parish Church of St Andrew, Whitchurch The Parish Church of St Mary, Lifton
The Local Villages Spring 2005

Mary Tavy

Mary Tavy is today a small village of about 900 inhabitants. It is about 3 miles from Tavistock and close to Dartmoor.

The parish Church of St Mary dates from 15th and early 16th century with restoration in 19th century. The Parish Registers begin in 1560 and are on IGI.

Mines in the area produced Copper, Lead, Silver and Tin. The Wheal Betsy produced Silver and Lead and its ruined engine house can still be seen nearby. Around 1850 the population rose to over 1500 yet there were only 66 houses in the village. Almost everyone was employed in the Wheal Friendship Copper mine where conditions were very hard.

As the mines were exhausted the population again fell to around 700 by 1900.

Peter Tavy

The attractive village of Peter Tavy lies within the Dartmoor National Park and is about 4 miles from Tavistock. It includes the hamlet of Willsworthy higher on the moor. It was a predominantly rural farming area although there were mines above the vilage at one time.

The Lords of the Manor of Peter Tavy and Huntingdon were the Dukes of Bedford although Willsworthy was owned by the Buller Family.

The Parish church of St Peter is first recorded in 1185 but the present building dates from about 1500 although there have been extensive restorations since that time. Parish Registers begin in 1674 but there are problems in 1800's due to the illness of the vicar and missing entries.


Whitchurch is another small village 2 miles SE of Tavistock. The parish church of St Andrew dates from 15th century although there was probably a church there much earlier. Parish Registers begin in 1559.

Whitchurch is a rural agricultural area with a large number of scattered farms in the parish, although there were Lead and Tin mines around Whitchurh in the 19th century


Lifton was an early and important Saxon settlement.(Liwtun) It is in the Lyd valley close to the border with Cornwall and close to the River Tamar. It is four miles from Launceston and 9 miles from Tavistock. The present parish church of St Mary dates from 15th century although there was a church there much earlier. Much has been added to the original building and it was restored in 19th century. Parish Registers begin in 1653.

Lifton is a large village in a pleasant rural agricultural area with a number of surrounding hamlets and villages. There were lime quarries and Lead, Silver and Manganese mines around Lifton in the 19th century

Six Families Who Lived in Tavistock and the Surrounding Villages

RIDDALLSTavistock and Peter TavyRiddalls Information
LEWISTavistock and WhitchurchLewis Information
KELLAWAYTavistock, Whitchurch and LiftonKellaway Information
ALLER/HALLERTavistock and Peter TavyAller Haller Halls Information
CROSSTavistock and Mary TavyCross Information
EASTLAKETavistock, Peter Tavy and Mary TavyEastlake Information

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