Milton Abbot

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Church of St Constantine and Aegideus, Milton Abbot

Milton Abbot is a village, parish, and former manor in Devon, 6 miles (9.7 km) north-west of Tavistock, Devon, and 6 miles (9.7 km) south-east of Launceston, Cornwall.

History[edit]

The manor of Middeltone was donated at some time before the Norman Conquest of 1066 (according to the Devon historian Risdon (d. 1640) by "a knight that dwelt in Daversweek"[1]) to Tavistock Abbey, as is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086,[2] and, together with most of the abbey's other extensive possessions, was acquired following the Dissolution of the Monasteries by John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford (c.1485-1554/5),[3] appointed Lord Lieutenant of Devon by King Henry VIII. In 1810 the manor was owned by his descendant John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford (1766–1839).[4]

In the parish is Endsleigh Cottage, built between 1810 and 1816 by John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford of Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire, as a private family residence, to the designs of Sir Jeffry Wyatville, in the style of the picturesque movement, a grand form of the cottage orné, now a hotel.

The estate of Edgcumbe within the parish was the original English seat of the Edgcumbe family[5] (originally de Edgecumbe), a branch of which was created Earl of Mount Edgcumbe in 1789, seated at Mount Edgcumbe House in Cornwall.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Risdon, Tristram (d.1640), Survey of Devon, 1811 edition, London, 1811, with 1810 Additions, p.218
  2. ^ Thorn, Caroline & Frank, (eds.) Domesday Book, (Morris, John, gen.ed.) Vol. 9, Devon, Parts 1 & 2, Phillimore Press, Chichester, 1985, Chapter 5,2
  3. ^ Pole, Sir William (d.1635), Collections Towards a Description of the County of Devon, Sir John-William de la Pole (ed.), London, 1791, p.343
  4. ^ Risdon, 1810 Additions, p.404
  5. ^ Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.324, pedigree of Edgcumbe; Edgcumbe, Milton Abbot, per Pevsner, Nikolaus & Cherry, Bridget, The Buildings of England: Devon, London, 2004, p.569; Vivian, p.319: "Edgcombetowne in the parish of Milton"

Coordinates: 50°35′31″N 4°15′11″W / 50.592°N 4.253°W / 50.592; -4.253