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"AWLISCOMBE, or Awlescombe, a small village, on an acclivity, 2½ miles W. by N. of Honiton, has in its parish 590 souls, and 2569 acres of land, rising in bold hills on the north, and including the hamlets Weston and Wolverston. It had a grant for a market and fair in 1291, but both have long been obsolete. An estate of about 207A., called the manor of Awliscombe, which was given in 1491, by Thos. Calwodeley, to the Corporation of Exeter, for the relief of poor citizens. The rest of the parish belongs to E.S. Drewe, Esq., J.T.B. Notley, Esq., E.W. Greenfield, Esq., the Pring family, and a few smaller freeholders. A handsome bridge, over the Otter, connects this and Honiton parish, and was built in 1817. The Church (St. Michael,) is a neat Gothic structure, which was mostly rebuilt in 1846, and has a tower and five bells. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Hemyock Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter.


MIs for this parish are included in the Incledon index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.

Church History

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

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1559 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).

The Deanery of Dunkeswell, CD012, Devon Family History Society, Exeter (2007). [Contains indexes: Awliscombe - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Churchstanton - Baptisms 1813-1837, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1839; Clayhidon - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Combe Raleigh - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Dunkeswell - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1800-1837; Hemyock - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1635-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Luppitt - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1838, Burials 1813-1837; Sheldon - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1836, Burials 1770-1837; Upottery - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Yarcombe - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837.]


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


The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Lyn Coles, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Baptisms 1559-1902; Marriages 1559-1837; Burials 1559-1903; Parish Register of Apprentices 1803-1839.)

Information about the Rev John Maverick (1578-1635/6) from Kristin C. Hall (archived copy).

Pring Family, Awliscombe, Devonshire, Eng. New England Hist. & Gen. Register 41, 1 (Jan 1887).
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Land and Property

Spreadsheet transcription of the Tithe Apportionments.

Land tax assessment for Awliscombe, 1780-1832, LDS Film 1470937/9.


Awliscombe Apprentice Register 1803-1839, Exeter, Devon Family History Society (2004). [Contains date, name of the apprentice, sex, age, parents details, residence, and details of Master.] [Foreword] [Names included in the overall index published as "Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief" (CD 023).

Probate Records

Transcript of the will of William Rosewell (1916) by Colin Rosewell.


Hemp and Flax Bounty papers (1786-1788), transcribed by Brian Brassett.

Howard, A.J. Lay subsidy roll: county of Devon: Hemyock Hundred... Crediton hundred, Typescript (1967). [D&CRS Library, Exeter: P1524]

Last updated: 24 Jul 2015 - Brian Randell

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