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Holbeton Parish, Devon

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Holbeton Parish, Devon

Holbeton is in the hundred of Ermington and in the deanery of Plympton, lies three miles from Modbury. Mothecombe, Creacombe, and Ford, are villages in this parish.

Holbeton is a civil parish and village located 9 miles south east of Plymouth in the South Hams district of Devon, England. Historically it formed part of Ermington Hundred. To the east of the village is an Iron age enclosure or hill fort known as Holbury.
Holbeton is a considerable village set back from the wooded shores of the River Erme estuary. . . . more . . Wikipedia®

Manor of Holbeton

The manor of Holbeton was given by Henry I. to Matilda Peverel. In the reign of Edward II. it appears to have been a divided property between the families of Martyn, Bampfylde, Prous, and Kilbury. In the reign of Edward IV. it belonged to Holland Duke of Exeter. Margaret Countess of Richmond had a grant of the manor of Holbeton for life in 1487. At a later period it was in moieties between the families of Rolle and Hele. These moieties then passed to Joseph Kingston, Esq., and John Bulteel, Esq.

Manor of Fleet

The manor of Fleet was in the family of Damarell from the time of the Conquest till the reign of Edward III., afterwards in Hill and Prideaux, and at a later period in the Heles. Sir Thomas Hele, of Fleet, was created a baronet in 1627. On the death of Sir Henry Hele, the fourth baronet, this estate devolved to his cousin, Richard Hele, Esq.; and on the death of his great-grandson, James Modyford Hele, Esq., in 1716, this branch of the family having become extinct, the manor of Fleet passed by virtue of an entail to the ancestor of John Bulteel, Esq..

Manor of Memland

Memland, in this parish, gave name to a family who possessed it for several generations. It was, afterwards, for a considerable time, in the Hillersdons. From them it passed to Champernowne, who, about the year 1723, sold it to Stert. About 1757 it was purchased of May, who had inherited it from Stert, by Mr. Bulteel, then of Fleet. It then passed to Sir John Perring, Bart., whose uncle purchased it of the Bulteels. Sir John Perring was Lord Mayor of London in 1803, and was created a baronet in 1808. The house at Memland, which was occasionally occupied by Sir John Perring, was rebuilt by his uncle. The barton of Calston belongs also to Sir John Perring.

Manor of Adeston

Adeston, in this parish, gave name to an ancient family, whose heiress brought it to Prideaux. It was the principal seat of the Prideaux family before they married the heiress of Gifford of Theoborough. From Prideaux it passed, by purchase, to Hele, and then the property of John Bulteel, Esq.

Manor of Battisborough

The manor of Battisborough, with the barton of Pamfleet and other lands, belong to John Tonkin, Esq., of Plymouth.

Manor of Lambside

The manor of Lambside, in this parish and Revelstoke, belongs to Edward Wynne Pendarves, Esq.

Manor of Carswell

Carswell, in Holbeton, belonged to a family of Carswell, and was afterwards the property and residence of the Strodes. It then became the joint property of the Rev. Roope Ilbert, and Mrs. Elizabeth Bickford, widow.

Manor of Mothecombe

Mothecombe, in this parish, belonged to the Pollexfens, by whom the house was built, about 1710. It was afterwards in the family of Calmady, and is now the property of Henry Legassicke, Esq.

Parish Church

In the parish-church (in Mr. Bulteel's aisle) is a monument without inscription for one of the family of Hele, with the recumbent effigies of a man in armour, and two ladies kneeling. There are memorials also for John Pollexfen, Esq., of Mothecombe, 1673; John Fortescue, Esq., of Combe, 1705; Joan, daughter of George Fortescue, 1718; and John Hamblyn, of Efford, Gent., 1774.


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