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The Great Western Docks at Millbay, Plymouth, were opened informally in February 1857 and during the remainder of that century prospered, largely as a result of their connection to the South Devon and Great Western Railways. St. Andrew's parish extends to include the Mill Bay area.
The parish history of GREAT WESTERN DOCKS is found under DEVONPORT, a celebrated naval arsenal, and a borough, in the parish of Stoke-Damerall, or Stoke, S. division of the hundred of Roborough, S. division of Devon, 1½ mile (W.) from Plymouth, containing, with Morice-Town and Stoke, and, including the parish of East Stonehouse. In the reign of William III. a naval arsenal was established here, under the name of Plymouth Dock, and to this event the town is indebted for its importance and present magnitude. The dockyard, one of the finest in the world; its water boundary forms a curve bending outwards in a western direction. The inhabitants have free access likewise to the dockyard chapel. 
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Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Devon Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.
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