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Plympton, City of Plymouth

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Plympton, City of Plymouth

Plympton, or Plympton Maurice or Plympton St Maurice or Plympton St Mary or Plympton Erle, in south-western Devon, England is an ancient stannary town: an important trading centre in the past for locally mined tin, and a former seaport (before the River Plym silted up and trade moved down the river to Plymouth). Today it is a populous, north-eastern suburb of the city of Plymouth of which it officially became part, along with Plymstock, in 1967.
Administrative CountyCity of Plymouth
Traditional CountyDevon
OS GridSX5356
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDevon and Cornwall
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01752
Population8,892 (2001 Census)

Other names by which Plympton, City of Plymouth has been known in the past

Maurice ~ Plympton Earls ~ Plympton St Mary ~ Plympton St Maurice ~ Plintone ~ Plintona

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

Plympton.-- (or Plympton Earls or Maurice), small market town with ry. sta., Devon, near the river Plym, 1 mile SE. of the sta. and 4½ E. of Plymouth, 232 ac., pop. 1146; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Market-day, Friday. Plympton is an ancient place, and was long a borough by prescription, sending 2 members to Parliament from Edward I. until 1832. At the E. end of the town are the relics of a castle said to have been demolished in the reign of King Stephen. At the grammar school, a well-endowed institution founded in 1658, Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), a native of Plympton, received his education. In addition to the weekly markets there are markets on the first Monday of every month for horses, cattle, and sheep, and several fairs are held annually. Plympton House, once the seat of the Treby family, is now a lunatic asylum.

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