Halwell and Moreleigh

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The Old Inn at Halwell.
The village of Moreleigh.

Halwell and Moreleigh is a civil parish in Devon, England. It comprises the villages of Halwell and Moreleigh.

History[edit]

The civil parish was formed in 1988 by the amalgamation of the former separate civil parishes of Halwell and Moreleigh.

Halwell[edit]

During the Saxon era Halwell was one of the four burhs, or fortified settlements, established in Devon by King Alfred the Great (d.899), King of Wessex from 871 to 899, to defend against invasion by Vikings.[1]

Moreleigh[edit]

The manor of Moreleigh is listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Morlei, the 16th of the 22 Devonshire holdings of Alfred the Breton, [2] one of the Devon Domesday Book tenants-in-chief of King William the Conqueror. In the 13th century the courthouse of Stanborough Hundred was situated above the New Inn.[citation needed] The Church of All Saints in Moreleigh had been built by 1239.[citation needed]

Description[edit]

Halwell and Moreleigh comprises the villages of Halwell and Moreleigh (also spelled Morleigh), approximately ½ mile apart. The parish has approximately 650 residents.[3]

Location[edit]

Halwell and Moreleigh is situated in the South Hams local government district in Devon, England. It lies 5 miles (8 km) south of Totnes, 6 miles (11 km) west of Dartmouth and 5 miles north of Kingsbridge.[3]

Halwell and Moreleigh is surrounded, starting north and following the clock, by the parishes of Harberton, Ashprington, Cornworthy, Blackawton, East Allington, Woodleigh and Diptford.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hoskins, W.G., A New Survey of England: Devon, London, 1959 (first published 1954), p.104
  2. ^ Thorn, Caroline & Frank, (eds.) Domesday Book, (Morris, John, gen.ed.) Vol. 9, Devon, Parts 1 & 2, Phillimore Press, Chichester, 1985, Part 2 (Notes), Chapter 39
  3. ^ a b http://www.halwellmoreleigh.co.uk/. "Welcome to the Halwell & Moreleigh Community Web Site, the friendly villages of the South Hams." Halwell & Moreleigh Community Web Site. Retrieved 12 - 5 - 2014.
  4. ^ "Map of Devon Parishes" (PDF). Devon County Council. Retrieved 2014-05-11.


Coordinates: 50°22′N 3°43′W / 50.37°N 3.71°W / 50.37; -3.71