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All Saints Church, Moreleigh
Morleigh shown within Devon
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Halwell and Moreleigh|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||TQ9 7|
|Police||Devon and Cornwall|
|Fire||Devon and Somerset|
|EU Parliament||South West England|
|UK Parliament||South Hams|
Morleigh is a small village within the civic parish of Halwell and Moreleigh, the South Hams, and the county of Devon, England. The village is spread across the two historical parishes of Halwell and Morleigh.[clarification needed]
Throughout the village history it has been recorded with various spellings, listed below in chronological order, newest first.
It is currently officially known as Moreleigh but no historical references can be found, and this seems to be a spelling made up in the late 20th century, may be for civic or postal reasons.
It is still known and spelt as Morleigh by local inhabitants as evidenced at the New inn several websites and on various older road signs.
It was also known as Morley for very long periods, and is the name used by Viscount Bovington when he was to be elevated to an earl.
- Morleygh and Morlei
In the Domesday Book it was recorded as having nine households and being within Diptford Hundred. Alfred de Breton (AKA Auvrai Le Breton) was the tenant in chief. one of his descendants Richard le Breton went on to kill Thomas Beckett
Moreliegh Manor and the Earl of Morley
Morley Manor has been dismantled but small signs of existence still survive near Place Barton farm, which is adjacent to the church and rectory. Morley Manor has been recorded as having been owned by the Ufflete and Maynard families, it was also owned by John Shapland Esq before passing to John Seale Esq (listed as Teale in the church records) eventually being bought by Viscount Bovington, who become the 1st Earl of Morley in 1815.
The village had a football club in conjunction with the adjacent village of Halwell that is now defunct. The post office branch is also now closed. The closest(3Miles) railway at Gara Bridge railway station which closed in 1965.
The village also had another Inn called the London Inn, according to census records (1841 - 1861) was situated at Morley cross, which is within the village but technically across the historic Morleigh parish boundary and with in the historic Halwell parish.
The village has now built a village hall and an active village life with various activities for all age groups.
Church and religion
All Saints Church
For this crime the Pope got the knight to build a church at Morleigh. The Fisacre tomb is part of the church.
It is a Grade 1 listed building
The village had a chapel, the Protestant Dissenters of Union Chapel, which is now a private dwelling again situated within the part of the village in Halwell Parish.
The local catchment schools are for primary age, Harbertonford CofE and for senior age Totnes comprehensive.
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- Barrow, John Henry (1834). "The Mirror of Parliament for the ... Session of the ... Parliament of Great Britain and Ireland".