Place:Compton Gifford, Devon, England

NameCompton Gifford
Alt namesCompton
TypeParish, Suburb
Coordinates50.389°N 4.12°W
Located inDevon, England
See alsoRoborough Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred in which parish was located
Plymouth, Devon, Englandunitary authority in which it is now situated
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Compton is a suburb of Plymouth in the English county of Devon.

Once a small village, it was developed in the 1930s and now lies between the suburbs of Mannamead and Efford. There are two parts, Higher and Lower Compton named after two farms and now distinguished by their respective public houses.

Although essentially infill development between older larger areas, Compton is distinctive in character.

The area covered by Compton Gifford today was part of the ancient division of Devon called Roborough Hundred. Compton was formed as an urban district in 1894 (when urban districts were initiated), but was absorbed into Plymouth itself in 1896.


A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Compton Gifford from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"COMPTON-GIFFORD, a tything in Charles-the-Martyr parish, Devon; 1½ mile NNE of Plymouth. It includes the small villages of Compton, Mannamead, Mutley, and Hyde-Park-Terrace, comprising a number of fine residences; and has a post office, of the name of Compton, under Plymouth. Acres: 641. Real property: £5,969; of which £156 are in quarries. Population: 880. Houses: 140. The Plymouth, Stonehouse, and Devonport cemetery, established in 1846, comprising 18 acres, and containing two chapels, both in the decorated style of architecture, one of them with a bell-tower, is here. The new South Devon militia depôt also is here, in Ford Park. The tything has a small chapel of ease; and is a [perpetual] curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Charles-the-Martyr, in the diocese of Exeter."

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Compton. A long section on Compton in the 19th century.

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