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Oreston, City of Plymouth

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Oreston, City of Plymouth

Oreston, formerly a village on the southern bank of the Cattewater, is now a suburb of Plymouth. Famed for its limestone quarries, and the discovery of prehistoric remains of animals such as rhinos and lions, stone from which was used in the construction of Plymouth Breakwater, the name is assumed to derive from "ores town", or possibly "Hora's Tun", named after a Saxon tenant farmer who held the lease prior to the Norman Conquest.
Administrative CountyCity of Plymouth
Traditional CountyDevon
OS GridSX5053
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDevon and Cornwall

Oreston, City of Plymouth in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Oreston, vil., on S. coast of Devon, on Plymoutn Sound, 2 miles SE. of Plymouth; P.O.; has limestone quarries. The limestone cliffs here are very lofty, and in the quarries is a cave containing fossil bones.

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