of Warfleet in Dartmouth
Roope was member of an ancient family
from Dartmouth Nonconformist, he
married Jane Pomeroy daughter of Valentine Pomeroy by his 1st wife Jane
Reynell in 1643
Rental of Warfleet, 1600-1615: Four Mills and a Ropewalk.
rental from the time of Sir George Southcote for 1600-1615 has survived,
showing that there was by this time a sizeable community living in Warfleet.
family were now the Roopes, a family with several branches who though not yet
freeholders were wealthy farmers, merchants and shipowners. They held farms at
Week, and Little Dartmouth farm which included the whole of Gallants Bower.
Roope the Younger held "A very fair new built house and quay at
Walflete". As a merchant trading extensively to Europe and Newfoundland,
he could use his own quay and avoid paying dues to Dartmouth Corporation. It
must have been busy with ships unloading their cargoes.
The Roopes were
buried in St. Petrox church, where there are fine brasses of John Roope who
died in 1608, and his married daughters Barbara Plumleigh and Dorothy Rous.
Civil War in Warfleet, 1642-9.
the outbreak of the Civil War in 1642 Ambrose Roope son of the above John owned
Little Dartmouth while his cousin Nicholas Roope owned Warfleet Quay, the new
house on it and the two farms at Week. Ambrose took no part in the war and may
have been a Royalist, but Nicholas strongly supported Parliament as did
Dartmouth Corporation. Having helped with building defences in Dartmouth,
Nicholas then raised and armed a troop of 200 soldiers which he took to help
he was away, his property was attacked and plundered. When Dartmouth prepared
for the expected attack by the Royalist forces under Prince Maurice the area
round Warfleet and the Castle was of vital importance. A road block was built
above Warfleet mills. The old fort at Paradise was strengthened with ironwork
and guns mounted there. The castle was manned, and guns supplied with powder,
while the chain was stretched across the river to Godmerock on the Kingswear
Prince Maurice besieged the town for a month
before attacking it along the Warfleet valley in October 1643. Clearing the
roadblock by the mills he next seized Paradise Fort, from where his guns could
fire on the castle. The town was forced to surrender, and for three years was
occupied by the Royalists.
Roope was never a member of the Corporation after the Restoration, when Charles
II’s Cavalier Parliament made a law that only Anglicans could serve on town
councils, and he died in 1681.
When James II fled from England in 1688 and
William of Orange landed at Brixham it
was Nicholas Roope his son who claimed that he was the first gentlemen to pledge
his allegiance to the new King from Germany.
In January 1689 Nicholas Roope was
rewarded by William III as soon as he was accepted as king, who appointed
Roope as Governor of Dartmouth Castle.
and Mary, 1688: An Act for a Grant to Their Majestyes of an Ayd of Two
shillings in the Pound for One Yeare. Statutes of the Realm: volume 6: 1685-94