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Articles (Publications List at End)
Brentor1 Glass Repairs etc at St Michael's Church
Brentor2 The Settlement of John Smith & Family
Brentor3 Brief Notes on the Brentor Churches & Chapel
Brentor4 Notes on Parish Registers
Brentor5 Notes on Parochial Records
Brentor6 Full Transcript of Village War Memorial (War Memorials Web Page)
Brentor7 The Memorial To Master Mariner P R Cocks
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1781 Agreement for Repairing Glass &c
at St Michael's Church
by
Mike Brown, Dartmoor Press

In the winter of 1994 the tower of the church was severely damaged by a lightning strike. Former locals had been fully aware of the dangers of such events because of the very exposed position of the church, as evinced by an Agreement made in 1781 between the parishioners of Brentor and glazier John Gloyne of Lamerton. He agreed to "keep and repair The Church Leads and Glass for one pound and one shilling per year as long as he shall live". The Form of Agreement was written in the contemporary Churchwardens' Accounts and, in signing it, John Gloyne wrote underneath "This Agreement  Excepts all Axedents such as Thunder and Lightenings".


1737 Extracts from Overseers' Accounts re Relief Payments & Settlement of John Smith & Family
transcribed by
Mike Brown, Dartmoor Press

June the 2 for our going to haine with John Smith & a horse  for him 3s 6d
The same time for a warrant for the Officer of Buckland ffilly 1s
for our going to buckland ffilly with the warrant to the Constabel 5s
for our going to Liffton to meet the offic of buck Land ffilly 3s 6d
for our going to haine againe by the Justices order to meet the
master of John Smith Concerning the Indenture 3s 6d
June the 26 paid to Elizabeth the wife of John Smith for Releife 6s
paid the 7 day of July to mr Edgcombe for drawing the Case and the Councel Jeffery
    oppining 16s 6d
the 26 of July for one pecke of wheate for John Smith 1s 7½d
more one peck of wheat for John Smith 1s 7½d
for my going to haine the 8 day of July to Seek for a order 1s 4d
July the 24 & the 28 paid to Elizabeth Smith for Reliefe 6s
August the 11 and 22 paid to Elizabeth Smith for Reliefe 7s 6d
September the 5 paid to Elizabeth Smith for Reliefe 5s
September the 12 for going to bradston and for two warrants 3s
for my Jorney and Expence to Carrey the warrant to ye Constibles 7s
paid the 15 day of September for the order 6s 8d
paid the same time for his Examminastion 1s
paid the same time for my going to Sshons & expense be ye parrishnors consent 2s 6d
paid to Elizabeth Smith the same time for releefe 2s 6d
September the 17 to John Smith towards the funerall of his wife 3s
paid for a Coffing for his wiffe 8s
paid to Elizabeth grigory for putting her fourth & for wool & wood & affadit 5s 6d
paid to ye Saxxon for making the Grave 2s
paid to William Batten & Richard Glyne for thire Jorney & Expence and a horse for John Smith
    & his Chilld & thire Expence to Carry Them with the order to St Gilleses 15s
paid to John Grigory to wards his Constabel office 9s 4½d
paid to Councel Jeffery to plead the Case to the Sshons at  Exeter £1 1s
paid to Churchwarden & overseer for thire Jorney & Expence for going to Exetor to trie the
    Case Concarning John Smith £1 5s


Brief Notes on the Brentor Churches & Chapel
by
Mike Brown, Dartmoor Press

The ancient church of St Michael is perched high atop a rock outcrop on the edge of Dartmoor, in a position which prompted an early commentator to observe  that it was a church “nearest to Heaven than any other” - today, Princetown church stands at a higher elevation above sea level, although the latter, also St Michaels, is not so prominently positioned in the landscape. The church is very tiny, and has only a few wall tablets, and just a dozen or so memorials in the little graveyard. In the mid-C19th a new church, Christchurch, was built at North Brentor. Not far from the latter is a small independent chapel, which has a few dozen headstones.


Brentor Parish Registers
data provided by
Mike Brown, Dartmoor Press

The surviving Registers do not begin until 1720. The Bishops’ Transcripts begin in 1606. Brentor is not on the IGI.

There are 437 Brentor entries on the Dartmoor & West Devon Genealogy Index (DGI) a surname search service from which is available from Dartmoor Press.


Brentor Parochial Records
data provided by
Mike Brown, Dartmoor Press

The principal surviving records are Churchwardens’ Accounts 1726-1879, Overseers’ Accounts 1724-1843, Rural Deans’ Visitation Book 1823-1874. Lots of C20th Miscellany also survives. All records are held at the Plymouth & West Devon RO, Plymouth.


The Memorial To Master Mariner P R Cocks
by
Mike Brown, Dartmoor Press

I was determined to try and discover something about the background to the sinking off the ship named on the following memorial, because of its poignant epitaph -

Sacred to the memory of
Percival Rowland Cocks
Master Mariner
Born Dec 4th 1897
Married in this Church Aug 11th 1939
Laid down his life for his country when
RMS "Navasota" was torpedoed Dec 5th 1939
"At simple duty's call
he gave his life, his all"

The commorative plaque which records the happy event of the marriage of Master Mariner Cocks, and the tragedy of his death only five months later, is to be seen in the tiny little church of Brentor (St Michael's). Despite my best efforts, I regret, however, that I have been able to discover very little about the incident to which it refers. All that I am able to record here is that the Royal Mail Steamship Navasota was torpedoed and sunk on 5th Dec 1839 about 150 miles west of the Bishop Rock Lighthouse at the start of a voyage from London to Buenos Aires.



 
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