MANADON HOUSE – England History

...only son the Rev John Hall Parlby of Manadon was succeeded by...

...Cecil St John Hall Parlby his elder son 1935 The Manadon Estate...

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Manaton: Chapel (barn); Church House (house); Cross Park Cottage (house); Freeland (hamlet); Grimpound (remains); Half Moon (inn); Hountor (land);

Manadon (village); Manaton (village); Rectory (house); Smerdon road (street); St Winifred (parish church); Water (hamlet); Winkson (farm). 



"MANATON, or Manadon, is a small village, on an eminence, near the rocky hills and the sources of the West Teign, or Bovey river, on the eastern side of Dartmoor, 3 1/2 miles S.W. of Moreton-Hampstead. Its parish contains 429 souls, and 6,393 acres of land, including the hamlets of Freeland and Water, and more than 2,000 acres of commons and wastes, amid some of the wildest scenery of Dartmoor Forest. Hountor, a stupendous group of rocks, appears like ruined turrets and broken pinnacles, and as seen from different points of view, assumes an endless variety of fantastic figures. . . . The Earl of Devon owns a great part of the parish, and has a rabbit warren of 600 acres here. The rest belongs to the French, Nosworthy, Barham, and Bryant families, and other freeholders; and on the south side of the parish are the Haytor Rock Granite works. The Church (St. Winifred,) is a fine old structure, in the early perpendicular style, with an embattled tower and four bells. It was much injured by lightning on Dec. 13th, 1779. The rectory, valued in K.B. at 13. 12s. 8 1/2d., is in the patronage of the Rev. Wm. Carwithen, D.D., and incumbency of the Rev. W.P. Wood, . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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


Dupre, Catherine. John Galsworthy: a biography. London: Collins (1976) 315p,8p of plates. [ISBN 0002113929]
Ould, Hermon. John Galsworthy. London: Chapman (1935) 244p, 15 of pls.
Reynolds, Mabel Edith. Memories of John Galsworthy. London: Hale (1936) xii, 13-128p, 24 of pls.


Brown, Mike. Manaton (Pre-1900 Survey). In Dartmoor Region Monumental Inscriptions Indexes, Vol. 20.
Dartmoor Press, PO Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL.
Church Records Parish Registers going back to 1653 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office. Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).
Brown, Mike. Pre-1754 Marriage Index for North Bovey and Manaton. The Dartmoor Press (1999).


Heyward, Richard. The Heyward family of Devon: a genealogy of descendants of the Heywards of Langstone in the parish of Manaton. U.S.A.: Star News Publishing (1936) xv, 180p: ill,map. [Westcountry Studies Library - s929.2/HEY]


Baldwin, Jean et al (comp.). The Book of Manaton. Halsgrove Press, Halsgrove House, Lower Moor Way, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6SS (1999) 208p. [ISBN 1841140384]
Pike, Claude. Heathercombe: the history of a Dartmoor valley. Tiverton: Westcountry Books (1993) 92p: ill,maps. [ISBN 1898386021]
Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Manaton, Devon. Typescript (1962) 9 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]

Land and Property

Brown, Mike. Manaton. In "Dartmoor Tithe Apportionments, Vol. 5". The Dartmoor Press (c1997) 16p.

Names, Personal Torr, Cecil. Index to the Names of the Male Inhabitants over 18 Years of Age in the Parishes of Moretonhampstead, Hennock, Lustleigh, South Bovey otherwise Bovey Tracey, North Bovey, Manaton, Ilsington, and Widecombe in the Moor, in the Years 1641, 1642. Cambridge University Press, [1913]. pp. 11.


Window Tax records for 1755 are held by the Devon Record Office.

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Manors in Devon - England:

Manadon, in Weston Peverell parish and Roborough hundred.

Manaton, Little in Manaton parish and Teignbridge hundred.

Manaton, or Great Manaton, in Manaton parish and Teignbridge hundred.


8.4.2001 - From JP to Christine Brown

Subject: Parlbys at Manadon!

Hi Christine,

Congratulations on finding all that info on the Parlbys. And the Parlbys you found go back as far as 1792! Fr. Dick Parle said a while ago that in his copy of the Aston Manor Document the Parlebys/Parlbys were at Manadon, as opposed to Masedon as it appears on our Aston copy here. I wonder if "Masedon" was a typographical error. And I wonder if these Parlbys are somehow related to we Parles, going back centuries.

(My theory is that about all the Parles are related, going back to a common ancestor, back centuries ago. For instance, in 1659 there were only 19 Parles listed in the Bargy region on Co. Wexford, that's the south-central coastal region of the county.)

In the next several days I'm going to type up the response I got from the folks at Aston Hall a couple years ago regarding the Aston Manor Document. I'll send it out to you folks, then post it at the Parle listserv. The document has raised some curiosity recently, so it'll be good for folks to know what the Aston Hall response to the document was, in their words.

I hope it's sunny in Leeds, and happy hunting!

John Patrick



From Christine to John Patrick Parle CC: Mike Parle

Re: ref-copy- Manadon History and English Parlby Family (1792 - 1934)

Hi John & Mike,

I found this today, from the (The Land Gentry) I hope it may be of interest to you.



CECIL. St John Hall. PARLBY. of Manadon Devon , Lord of the Manors of Weston Peverell and Sampford Spiney, b.11 Aug.1912; educ. Wellington of Glenlora,1934,. Margaret, daughter of James Campbell of Glenlora, Lochwinnoch, co. Renfrew.

Lineage.-- THOMAS PARLBY, of Stone, Hall Devon (son of J.Parlby, of Gravesend), uncle of James Templer, of Stover House Devon, and of Anne, Lady Pole, of Shute, m.Lydia Mart.......

And by her (d. ca. 1805) left with other issue at his decease, ca.18....

John Axexander Parlby, J.P., m.29 Sept.1792. Laetitia 31 May, 1848), twin dau.and co- heir of

Humphrey Hall, of Manadon co. Devon, and Goldings, Herts, by the Hon. Jane his wife, dau, John,10th

Lord St. John, of Bletsoe, Beds, and d. 1st April,18....REV. John Hall Parlby of Manadon, Devon, J.P.,

B.A. (18.....University Coll. Oxford, M.A. 1830, Deacon 1828, Priest 18 ... b. 25 Jan 1805; m. 1st March, Emily Janetta 4th dau.

This will interest all Parle and Parlby's. There is more to this document Mike, so I will copy it and send it you. (OK)

All spelling is correct and copied to detail. Apart from where the year is not clear, and the name Mart or Martin. If you need details of this, it is not a problem.

I have all copies if needed Mike.

Bye to all Christine


9.4.2001 – (Continuation)

Dear John & Mike,

Please find continuation of the PARLBY of MANADON.

Continued from:Janetta,4th July dau.

JOHN HOOPER HOLDER,of STANTON LACY,SALOP.she ,d,29th Oct,1842,leaving issue,

I - Trefusis Hall, b.17th Sept 1836; d 29th. 1837.

2 - Gerald Charles Hall, J.P. Devon, Lieut. - Col. R.A., b. 23 Oct 1842; m. 1st Nov. 1893, Adelaide Ross,

only dau. of Roger Kerrison of Colne House, Earls Colne, Essex, and d.s.p.29th May,1894. His widow m .2ndly. 21st June 1913. Hon. Lennox Hannay Lindley (Roughton Hall Woodhall Spa, Lincs ),3rd son of Baron Lindley (see Burkes Peerage).

1.Blanche St John, b. 10th March,1840 ; d . unm. 16 Aug. 1881.

2 - Emily Letitla, b. 5th March 1841; m 8th April. 1875,William Hole (d. Feb. 1903), J.P., of Parke, Devon, and d . 22nd April 1926, (leaving issue see that family).

He m. 2ndly, 6th May 1845, Emma Admonition 3rd dau. of late Rev Walter Raddcliffe of Warleigh, Devon (see that family), by Abby, his wife, sister of the late Sir Ralph Lopes. Bt., of Maristow, Devon,and by her ( d. 3 rd March, 1894 ) had issue.

3 - St. John Radcliffe Hall, Lieut.R.N., b .,20th July 1855 ;. d. unm. 27th Aug 1880.

4 - Trefusis Copleston Hall, b .4 th Aug; 1857; d 3rd Oct .1858.

5 - REGINALD John Hall, late of Manadon..

6 - Walter Coventry Hall 9 Manadon Ranch , Alix , Alberta , Canada ), M.A.Oxford, b 31st May , 1897,

Mary Irene, eldest dau. of Col. Ernest Lindsay Marryat, late R.E.,formerly of Stonecross, Lympsfield, Surrey, Member of Legislative Assembly, Province of Alberta, Minister without Portfolio from 1921 - 35, Hon . LL.D. Univ. of Alberta,and has issue, Humphrey Marryat 9 Dartmoor Ranch, Alix, Alberta, Canada ), b. 15th Nov 1899 ; m. 7th Jan 1931, Beatrice Georgina, B.A. Co. Wicklow, I.F.S, and has issue, Geoffrey Walter Hall, b. 3rd Feb 1933.

7 - Edward Mackenzie Hall (Long Valley Ranch, Alix, Alberta,Canada ), b . 29th Sept 1865, ; m . 2nd Jan 1896, Ann Morison,only dau. of the late Francis Wilkins, formerly H.B.M. Vice Consul at Chicago, USA., and has issue,

I. John Francis Hall ( Buryfields, Rd Deer, Alberta, Canada), b. 23rd Jan . 1897.

2 - George Alexander Hall, b. 12 March 1898; k. in action in France, 25th Aug .1917.

I. Jean Admonition Hall, b. 6th Nov. 1929,Robert Frank Alexander Sheret and has issue.

3 - Florence Louisa, b. 13th Feb. 1846; d. unm. 15th May 1872.

4 - Gertrude Contance Hall, b. 14th Aug. 1849 ; m. 20th June, 1876,

Major Charles. a. Mott, late 2nd Queens Regt , and d. 6th April, 1879,leaving issue.He d. 5th Jan. 1886.

5 - Mildred Bertha Hall , b. 31 Aug 1852; d. unm.9th Oct .1895

6 - Emma Marion Hall, b. 17th Jan 1854; m. 15th Jan 1878,13th Viscount Arbuthnott ( d . 9thAug 1920 ) ,and d .27th Jan. 1830,leaving issue ( see BURKES Peerage ).

7 - Winifred Beatrice Hall (The Empress Club, Dover Street 0, b 4th Feb 1859; m. 10th Feb. 1881, Lieut . - Col.Hugh Hovel Thurlow 9d . 24th Sept. 1919 0, late 13th Light infantry. and has issue.

Rev. J.H. Parlby d. 16th July 1899, and was s. by his eldest surviving son.

MAJOR REGINALD JOHN HALL PARLBY, of Manadon, Devon. Lord of the Manors of Weston Peverell and Sampford Spiney, Major at Devonshire Regt., b. 12th Feb. 1861; educ. Honiton Sch.; m 4th Sept 1900. Violet Agatha Margaret, 3rd dau. of Edward Newman-----of Franklyn Exeter.and grand - dau of the late Rt .Hon.Sir James Carid ,K.C.B., and d .15th Jan 1923,leaving issue,

1 - CECIL St. JOHN HALL, now of Manadon.

2 - John Reginald Hall (Stonehouse, Bishop Hill, Taunton ), b . 17th Dec 1916; educ . Wellington.

1 - Violet Blanche Hall (Stonehouse , Bishops Hill , Taunton ). b. 17th July, 1916 ; m. 2nd June. 1927, Sir Gerald Fortescue Boles, and Bt., and has issue. (see BURKES peerage 0.

2 - Cynthia Geraldine Hall, b .3rd July, 1903 ;m. 30th Nov. 1929.

Hugh Frederick McKillop, Capt. (1931), 19th Hyderabad REGT. (c/o P.W.O., The Scind Horse Regt., Bolarum Deccan, India ). Beat - Manadon ,Crown Hill, Plymouth, Devon.


Also Emily Laetitia Parlby (F) - Pedigree

Birth: 5 Mar 1841 -- Manaton, Devon, England
Death: 22 Apr 1926 --
Spouse: William Robert Hole



"PENNYCROSS, otherwise Western Peverell or St. Pancras, is a chapelry, containing 1310 acres of land, and 276 souls, and includes part of Mutley and Ford Park, and several handsome houses. The manor was anciently held by the

Peverells, and afterwards by the Carew, Hewer, and other families, and is now held by the Rev. J.H. Parlby, of Manadon, formerly the seat of the Hewers. The Chapel (St. Pancras,) is an ancient building, and the curacy is annexed

to the vicarage of St. Andrew.” [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)] A parish, in Roborough Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter, just to the N. of Stoke Damerel/Devonport. 



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