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What is a one-place study?

I think the society's poster here sums it up nicely. It is a deep-dive into the history of a community in all its facets.

In many ways, this is something we undertake naturally as we search for any snippets of information about our ancestors' lives.

So we may feel moved to take our research that one step further, to encompass a whole area rather than just our relatives; and in doing so we not only help our own research, but create a wonderful resource for everyone to benefit from.

My Project: Revelstoke, Devonshire, England

This project is in its infancy, and I am not sure just what format it will take, but I do hope it will be both informative and enjoyable.

Revelstoke has long held a fascination for me, and I'm not entirely sure whether it is the name itself or my ancestors who'd made it their home.

On its GENUKI page, there is this description:

"REVELSTOKE parish has it church on the sea coast, near Stoke Point and Bigbury Bay, but most of its inhabitants are in the large fishing village of NOSS MAYO, which lies in a low situation, on the south side of a creek from the mouth of the Yealm, opposite Newton Ferrers, nine miles S.E. of Plymouth. Crabs, lobsters, herrings, and other fish are caught at Noss Mayo, where the villagers suffered severely from cholera in 1849, when about 50 of them died, and more than 200 were afflicted with the dreadful malady. . . . The parish had 613 inhabitants in 1841, and contains 1470A. 2R. 19P. of land. The manor of Revelstoke was long the property and seat of the Revells, and was sold about 12 years ago, by Sir J. Perring, to its present owner, Robert Robertson, Esq., of Membland. W.W. Pendarves, Esq., owns the manor of Lambside, and part of the parish belongs to a few smaller owners. The Church is an ancient structure, with a small belfry and two bells; and in Noss Mayo, is a small Chapel of Ease, erected in 1838. The benefice is a perpetual curacy, consolidated with the vicarage of Yealmpton. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

Map copied from GENUKI. Details here.