Parish History

Ilsington Parish History

Ilsington is a predominently rural Parish situated on the eastern edge of Dartmoor in the pictureque County of Devon, in the South West of England. It is one of the largest in the county, and includes the villages of Ilsington, Haytor Vale, Liverton, Sigford and South Knighton.

The village of the same name is believed to be an ancient settlement - probably existing 200 to 300 years before the Norman Conquest. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Ilestintona, and there is known to have been a church there since at least the 11th Century. St. Michael's Parish Church, as seen today, dates back to the 15th century. It was the site of an incident which has passed into local folklore: in 1639 the schoolroom, which was above the west lychgate of the church, collapsed into the street and churchyard. 

Apart from its agricultural history, Ilsington's industrial archeology reflects the mining of the 18th and 19th centuries. The Atlas tin mine and the Smallacombe iron mine were major local enterprises - with the cottages at Lewthorne Cross being built for William Grose, the mine captain and mine workers. Nearby, at Haytor, granite was quarried and carried down to Stover on the Haytor Granite Tramway, and the remains of the miners' buildings can still be seen.Haytor granite was used in the building of many civic structures including London Bridge, over the Thames in London. The stone was carried from Haytor to the canal at Stover by the granite railway - a route now commemorated in the Templer Way footpath.

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Annual Parish Meeting

Open meeting for the parishioners of Ilsington at Ilsington Village Hall on Tuesday 27th March at 8pm.


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Community Litter Pick in Liverton March 2018

LIVERTON, Thank you to all that turned out for the community litter pick on Sunday 25th March 2018 at...


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Community Litter Pick Ilsington March 2018

ILSINGTON, Thank you to all who attended the community litter pick on Sunday 25th March at Ilsington Playing...


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Volunteer for Darmtoor NP

Volunteer for Dartmoor National Park Spend some time on the second Sunday of each month helping to look after one of...


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National Allotment Week

NATIONAL ALLOTMENT WEEK Councillors have been visiting the allotment     field in Liverton this week and were...


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A Charabanc Outing

ILSINGTON UNITED CHARITIES A Charabanc Outing and Afternoon Cream Tea! It is with pleasure that we have arranged...


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Litter Pick on 'Old A38' 2017

At the councils request Mike Beasley and his team of volunteers completed a litter pick along the ‘Old A38’ this...


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