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The hamlet of Higher Brimley is in Ilsington parish whereas Lower Brimley is in Bovey Tracey parish. Over the years, Higher Brimley has changed from being a self-contained community of over fifty inhabitants with its own bake-house, shop, its own dressmakers, serge-weavers, carpenters, masons, copper and tin miners, thatchers etc., to a small quiet hamlet today.
In the 1930's a hole appeared in the ground in Brimley Orchard, behind the cottages. A tunnel 5½ft high and 3ft wide was found and nearly 100 yards along the tunnel were found candles and fragments of drills and nails. This was the Brimley Manganese Mine.