South Allington House - 2

South Allington (Alintone) is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. South Allington, Chivelstone, Prawle and Ford were all Domesday estates. It was probably the holding of the Ley Tenant-in-Chief. A certain Juhel (or Judhael or Iudail) de Totnes, who died some time after 1086 was a major landholder with manors at South Allington, Wollaton and Totnes and other locations in Devon. A squire certainly lived in a 'Manor' house until the early 20th century, although this was not actually South Allington House.

Adjacent to South Allington House there are the remains of a tithe barn, which has been converted to dwellings. The one nearest the road has a 'cross' on the roof. 

South Allington House is a grade II listed building.

This notice appeared in the 17 April 1800 edition of the Flying Post:

" To be sold by auction, at the Kings Arms Inn, in Kingsbridge in the County of Devon on Tuesday the 29th Day of April Inst .....the Freehold and Inheritance of the several Hereditaments hereinafter mentioned, viz...

A messuage, tenement and farm, called South Allington, situate in the Parish of Chivilstone, in the said County, consisting of a good Dwelling-house, with requisite Outhouses, and upwards of 194 Acres of Land, now in the Occupation of Robert Pepperell, at the low yearly Rent of 102L 10s.

It would seem that the freehold changed hands at this point, but whether it was purchased by a member of the Prettejohn family or of the Pitts family and leased to a Francis Cornish, or purchased by the Cornish family has not yet been determined, although there is mounting evidence to support the former proposition. Certainly the game licenses were let to Mr Francis Cornish of South Allington in 1803 and 1805. In 1809 the marriage was announced of the daughter of the late Samuel Cornish of South Allington. That suggests that his son Francis had the game licences. It has not been discovered when he died - not long before the wedding perhaps. It has been established that Nicholas was referred to as "of South Allington" early in the century but possibly living at another address in the village rather than in South Allington House. By 1820 Nicholas Pitts and Nicholas Prettejohn were both described as "of Chivelstone", and they held the game licences for the South Allington property.

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