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"BICKLEIGH village, on the east bank of the river Exe, 4 miles S. of Tiverton, and 10 miles N. of Exeter, has in its parish 362 souls, and 1835 acres of land, including Chudleigh hamlet. Sir W.P. Carew is lord of the manor, and owner of a great part of the soil; and the rest belongs to Sir T.D. Acland, Dr. Troyte, and a few smaller proprietors. Bickleigh anciently belonged to a family of its own name, and passed from the Courtenays to a younger branch of the Carews. The celebrated Bampfylde Moore Carew, commonly called the King of the Beggars, was the son of the Rev. Theodore Carew, rector of Bickleigh. He was born here in 1690, and, after his extraordinary and various peregrinations and adventures, spent the last two years of his eventful life in his native village, and was buried in the church in 1758. Here also was buried Major John Gabriel Steadman, who published the History of Surinam, and died in 1797. The Church (St. Mary,) was mostly rebuilt in 1843, at the cost of about £1400. It has a tower and five bells, and contains several neat monuments of the Carew family, one of which has recumbent figures of a knight and a lady. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
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A parish in Hayridge Hundred, the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter. (Described in the IGI as "Bickleigh Near Exeter".)
Bampfylde Moore Carew: the early years - provided by Devon perspectives.
Carew, Bampfylde Moore. The life and adventures of Bamfylde-Moore Carew, the noted Devonshire stroller and dog-stealer; as related by himself, Exon, Printed by the Farleys (1745) , vi, 152 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library: s920/CAR]
Carew, Bampfylde Moore. Life and adventures of Bamfylde-Moore Carew, commonly called the King of the Beggars, London, T. Forster (1779) 246 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library: s920/CAR]
Carew, Bampfylde Moore. An apology for the life of Bampfylde-Moore Carew, The king of the beggars; or, The history of Bampfylde Moore Carew; who was the son of a gentleman near Plymouth, and ran away from his father and joined a gang of gipsies, etc. Derby: Thomas Richardson, [ca. 1840]. pp. 24: plate. [BL - 1578/863]
Carew, B.-M. The History and Curious Adventures of Bampfylde-Moore Carew, King of the Mendicants, (186-) 160 p.
Wilkinson, C. H. (Ed.). The King of the beggars: Bampfylde-Moore Carew, Oxford, Clarendon Press (1931) 307p: ill, map. [Contains Life & adventures ...; An apology ... life] [Westcountry Studies Library: s920/CAR]
Price, Thomas (comp.). The life, voyages and adventures of Bampfylde-Moore Carew, commonly called the king of the beggars, London, Pr. for J. Barker (1785?) 212 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library: s920/CAR]
Anon. The surprising adventures of Bampfylde Moore Carew: King of the Beggers, Tiverton: Printed by W. Salter. Sold by Crosbys & Co. London and the Booksellers in Exeter, Taunton, Sherborne, Frome, Salisbury, Plymouth & Dock, 255 pp., illus. [Index]
A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Church of St Mary is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 8 of Devon Memorial inscriptions (DE/M23).
Bickleigh (Tiverton) Census - 1801, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D050). [Foreword]
Bickleigh (near Tiverton) - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).
The Church Monuments Society website provides photographs and transcripts of the monuments from a small but growing set of Devon churches, including Bickleigh Parish Church.
The parish church of Saint Mary, Bickleigh near Tiverton: notes on its history and principal features, Bickleigh, Bickleigh PCC (1982) 6 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library: p726.5/BIC/PAR]
Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1570 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection.
The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1800-1837 - for details see their book list.
Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 11573-1836, and Marriages 1570-1837. (These entries are based in part on Bishops' Transcripts.)
Brown, Mike. 1754-1812 Burial Indexes: Bickleigh. RT66, Dartmoor Press (2000).
Brown, Mike. Heraldic and Genealogical Notes from Dartmoor Churches, Vol. 1: Bickleigh, Buckland Monachorum, Meavy, Sampford Spiney, Walkhampton. Dartmoor Press (1997)
Register of Freeholders - Hartland & Hayridge c1816, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D129). [Foreword]
Barber, Chips. Bickleigh: a visitor's guide, Exeter, Obelisk Publications (1998) 16p: ill, maps. [ISBN: 189907371x]
Bowen, David. A Devonshire village, Devon Life, vol. 6, no. 43, (1969) pp.34-36; ill.
Elliot, John. Homes and gardens - Bickleigh Castle, Devon Life, vol. 9, no. 72, (1972) pp.22-24; ill.
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
This parish is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.
Prideaux, F.B. Chudleigh and Chedderleigh, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, vol. 14, no. 5, (1927) pp.218-219. [Chedderlegh family: Chedderlegh/Chudderlegh is a manor in Bickleigh parish]
General historical and descriptive information, area map from 1765, details about administrative boundaries, etc., about Bickleigh (Tiverton) from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.
Brief history of Bickleigh Castle, from Tour UK.
Henson, J. The Romance of Bickleigh. (1937) [Westcountry Studies Library]
Hussey, Christopher. Bickleigh Castle near Tiverton, Devon, London, Country Life (1939) p: ill. [Reprinted from: Country Life, April 22 and 29, 1939] [Westcountry Studies Library: px728.81/BIC/BIC]
Reichel, O J. The hundred of Sulfretona or Hairidge in early times. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 42 (1910). [Index]
The story of Bickleigh Bridge on the Exeter and Tiverton road, [Bickleigh?], [Parish Council?] (1938) 5p: ill. p. [Westcountry Studies Library: p624.2/BIC/STO]
Howard, A.J. Lay subsidy roll: county of Devon 1524: Halberton hundred ...Bampton hundred...West Budleigh hundred...Hayridge hundred...Tiverton hundred, Typescript (1968). [D&CRS Library, Exeter: P1524]Find help, report problems, and contribute information.
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