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"ASHCOMBE, a scattered village and parish, near the source of a rivulet, three miles E. of Chudleigh, has only 297 souls and about 2200 acres of land, including about 500A. of waste and plantations. Sir Rt. L. Newman, Bart., is lord of the manor and owner of most of the soil. The Church was repaired and partly rebuilt in 1825, at the cost of about £1000. It is a neat cruciform structure, with a tower and three bells, and a handsome east window of stained glass. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £18, and in 1831 at £247, is in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor, and incumbency of the Rev. W.H. Palk, M.A., who has 31A. of glebe, and a good thatched residence, with tasteful grounds. The tithes were commuted in 1842, for £242 per annum. In 1802, Robert Moalle left £3 a year for schooling poor children. The National School, for this parish and Mamhead, has a house for the teachers, and was built by the lord of the manor." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Exminster Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter.

General Information


MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.
Cresswell, B.F. Notes on the Churches of the Deanery of Kenn, Devon, (1912). [Extracts]

Church History

Ashcombe - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1732 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.

The Society of Genealogists holds copies of the parish registers covering the years 1581-1837.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1581 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1562, 1581-1836, and Marriages 1583-1638, 1654-1836.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1841, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1783-1837 - for details see their book list.

Granville, Roger & Mugford, W.E. (eds.) Ashcombe, 1609-1636. Abstracts of the Existing Transcripts of the Lost Parish-Registers of Devon, 1596-1644, and short notes on the extant pre-reformation registers of all the parishes in the county, from particulars furnished by the several incumbents thereof. Vol. 1 A-Bra. Exeter: W. Pollard (1908). [Full text]


Transcription provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.


The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.


Godley, Jocelyn and Godley, Olive M. The Parr Family from Ashcombe and the Dipstale Family of Exeter, Devon Family Historian, vol. 143, (2012) pp.23-26.
Godley, Jocelyn and Godley, Olive M. The Parr Family from Ashcombe and the Dipstale Family of Exeter, Devon Family Historian, vol. 145, (2013) pp.13-15.
Godley, Olive M. and Godley, Jocelyn. The Parr and Dipstale Families, (2 vols.) [DFHS Library 929.2/PAR].


Griffiths, Grace. The book of Dawlish: a history of Dawlish and Dawlish Warren with notes on the surrounding villages of Ashcombe, Cofton, Kenton, Mamhead, Powderham and Starcross. Buckingham: Barracuda (1984) [BL X.800/39475]

Names, Personal

Ashcombe contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.

Probate Records

Monday, A.J. Parr Family of Devonshire, and William Parre of Ashcombe. Western Antiquary 4 (1885) pp.10-11. [Will of William Parr, 1546.]
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