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The medieval screen in All Saints Church, South Milton

A section of the medieval carved and painted screen

 in All Saints Church, South Milton

©Richard J. Brine


South Milton is a parish and village in a deep valley, about 2½ miles south-west from Kingsbridge station on the Great Western Railway, in the Totnes division of the county, hundred of Stanborough, petty sessional division of Stanborough and Coleridge, rural deanery of Woodleigh, archdeaconry of Totnes and diocese of Exeter. Electricity is available.


The church of All Saints is an edifice of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower with pinnacles, containing 6 bells; the chancel retains a piscina and there is another in the south transept, and a third in the north aisle and a stoup at the south doorway: the font, said to  be Saxon, has a conical carved wood cover, and there is an oak screen, carved and painted, and fairly perfect. In 1885 the church, including the south transept, was substantially restored and re-seated, and the latter new-roofed; the steps formerly leading from the north aisle to the rood-loft were opened, and an old painting, used as an altar piece, removed from the chancel to another part of the church. There are mural tablets to members of the Prideaux and Elliot families. There are 250 sittings. In the churchyard is a cross erected to the memory of the men of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-1918. The register dates from the year 1689. The living is a perpetual curacy, formerly annexed to the vicarage of West Alvington, but made a separate living under an Order in Council dated 7 June 1886, net yearly value £372 with 1½ acres of glebe, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury, and held since 1912 by the Rev. Robert Basil Farr-Cox BA of Durham University. The Methodist chapel, erected in 1882, is a building of stone and will seat 150 persons. The Institute was erected in 1911. The charities amount to about £18 annually and are applied for repairs to the church and relief of the poor.


Horswell is the property and residence of Frederick James Horswell Esq. The land is chiefly owned by the farmers. the soil is loam; subsoil, various. The chief crops are wheat, barley and turnips. The area is 1.545 acres of land, 5 of water and 13 of foreshore. The population in 1931 was 378.


SUTTON, a quarter of a mile south-east, and UPTON, half a mile north, are hamlets.


Post, Money order and Telegraph Office. Letters through Kingsbridge.

Omnibus to Kingsbridge Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday in the winter and daily in the summer.



Anderson, Henry M., The Manor House

Farr-Cox, Rev. Robert Basil  BA, Perpetual Curate

Farrant, Major Melvil, Owen's Croft

Galt, G., Sand Bank

Gruzelier, A., The Little House

Hoare, Miss ,Primrose Cottage

Holliday, Joshua ,Tolcarne

Howard, Joseph ,Hope Cottage

Johnston, C. J., Ley House

Nathan, Mrs. P., Savernake

Savill, Frederick James, Horswell

Sharland, E. J., Beach Cottage

Tatham, Mrs. T., Bridge Cottage

Wakeham, G. Roy, Skerries


Applegate, Cecil, farm bailiff, Shute Farm

Cornish, Edward Luis, farmer, Wakehams

Cottage Flower Farm, (prop. Capt. G. W. Davis) Webbers

Darke, Richard, farmer, Trendwell

Edwards,John Burnell, farmer, Upton

Ethridge, Frank, motor engineer

Gillard, Frederick, farmer

Harvey, John, farmer, Higher Sutton

Hosking, Herbert William, farmer, Holwell

Ingram, James, smallholder, Sutton

Janes, Samuel, farmer, South Downs

Jarvis, Thomas, clerk to the Parish Council

Jeffrey, Benjamin, head gardener, Horswell Lodge

Lidstone, Arthur R., farmer, Collacott

Links Hotel

Moore, Arthur, farmer, Mill Farm

Moore, James Francis, blacksmith

Old Thatched Guest House (prop. Mrs. May Hosking)

Penwill, Doris  shopkeeper and post office

Perring, Norman, builder, Park Cottage

Pilditch, James, estate carpenter, Upton

Reeves, Albert, farmer, Didwell

Resthaven Private Hotel, (props. Mr and Mrs. Robert Berry)

Rogers, Charles, farmer, Lower Sutton

South Milton Fruit Gardens, Prop. E. S. White

Spry  Louisa Helen (Mrs.), farmer, Kerse Farm

Thornton, Francis, motor car hire service

Vickery, Howard Arthur, insurance agent, The Shanty

Wood, William Edwin, farmer, Whitlocksworthy


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