Transcribed from - Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer. 1870
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Transcribed by Peter RUTHERFORD
Checked by Val HENDERSON
Pages 803 - 804
BEER FERRIS (or BEER FERRERS) is a village and parish in Tavistock union, containing, by the census of 1861, 2847 inhabitants, and 6838 acres, including the ancient disfranchised borough of BEER ALSTON; in the deanery of Tamerton, archdeaconry of Totnes, hundred of Roborough, South Devonshire; 8 miles north-west from Plymouth, and 9 south-east from Tavistock, bounded on the west by the river Tamar, and on the east by the river Tavey. The rectory, in the incumbency of the Rev. Walter W. B. Ponsonby, M.A., had the tithes commuted, in 1842, at £750 per annum, with residence and 120 acres of glebe, and is in the patronage of the Earl of Mount-Edgcumbe. The church is an ancient edifice, dedicated to St. Andrew, in the Middle Pointed and Perpendicular styles, principally erected in 1333, consisting of nave, chancel, north and south transepts, and tower with six bells.
BEER ALSTON, formerly a borough, which was disfranchised by the Reform Act of 1832, is a small market town, about 3 miles north from Beer Ferris. The right of election for this borough was vested in all landowners who paid threepence per annum to the lords of the manor, who had the power to create as many burgage tenants as he thought well, by which means he could always secure the election, whose franchise ceased immediately the election was over. A chapel-of-ease, in the Early English style, was erected here in 1845. The Bible Christians, Independents, Wesleyans, and Wesleyan Reformers have each places of worship here. There is a Free School for sixteen poor children, which was founded and endowed by Sir John Maynard, sergeant-at-law, during the reigns of Oliver Cromwell and Charles II. There are also two other schools on the National principle. Earl Mount-Edgcumbe is lord of the manor and chief owner of the soil.
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