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"BROADHEMPSTON, a village and parish, 4½ miles N. of Totnes, has 747 souls, and 2047A. 1R. 28P. of land, including the hamlets, &c., of Ford, Bearton, Wenton, Halswill, and Bicaton. Mr. Edward Palk is lord of the manor, but most of the soil belongs to Rt. Michelmore, J. Harris, W. and J. Blackler, W. Venning, G. Bowden, C. Skinner, T. Luscombe, and a few smaller owners. The manor anciently belonged to the Cantelupes, and its lords had the power of inflicting capital punishment. The Church is a large and antique fabric, with a tower and five bells. The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £25. 6s. 8d., and in 1831, at £366, is in the patronage of the Crown, and incumbency of the Rev. J. Pitman, B.C.L., who has a good residence and 37A. 2r. 26P. of glebe. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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


Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]
Memorial Inscriptions, Church of St Peter and St Paul, Broadhempston. Womens' Institute (1975-76) [SoG Library DE/M17]

Church History

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

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1681 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1678 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 1681-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

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

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1681-1822, Marriages 1681-1736.

Description and Travel

Conservation Area Appraisal for Broadhempston - an interesting account of the area, with numerous photographs and maps.

Broadhempston Online - community web-site.


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


Docherty, C.J., Langley Searles, A. and Faig jnr., Kenneth W. Lovecraft of Devon, Kenneth W. Faig jnr., 2311 Swainwood Drive, Glenview IL 6025-2741, USA (2003). [DFHS Library] [Lovecraft family of Woodleand/Broadhempston area]
Evans, H.R. Broadhempston: The background to an unfiled official form, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 26 (6), 1955, pp. 177-83. [Raymond: Prowse, Prestwood and Tozer families.]
Worthy, C. Devonshire Parishes: or the antiquities, heraldry and family history of twenty-eight parishes in the archdeaconry of Totnes (2 vols), Exeter, W. Pollard (1887). [Chap. XV: Broadhempston - CANTILUPE; West, Lord DELAWARR; Serjant ROWE and the ROWE family; the PETRE arms] [Index]


General historical and descriptive information, area map from 1765, details about administrative boundaries, etc., about Broadhempston from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.

Evans, H.R. The Financial Reactions of Broadhempston to the Reformation. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 20 (1938-39) pp.100-107, 163-170, 204-208, 260-265, 300-305. [Raymond: Discussion of churchwardens accounts, 1529-1676, with some extracts.]
Evans, H.R. Broadhempston. Trans. Devon. Assoc. (1958) pp62-126: ill,map,plates. (Devonshire Association Parochial Histories of Devonshire No. 15.)
Worthy, Charles. Devonshire Parishes. Exeter: William Pollard (1887) - Vol. 2, pp. 31- 54.

Land and Property

Transcription of a Tripartite Indenture dated 12th October 1770 between John Cruwys of Cruwys Morchard, Thomas Putt and Samuel Newte of the first part, Charles Evelyn of Totnes and Philippa his wife of the second part and William Mann yeoman of Broadhempston of the third part, by Debbie Kennett.

Rowe, J.Y. Excerpts from Beaston Farm Papers. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, vol. 29, no. 8 (1964) pp. 221-224.


Adams, Maxwell. Some Notes on the Manor and Church of Broadhempston. Exeter Diocesan Architectural and Archaeological Society Trans. 3rd series, vol. 2 (1901) pp. 73-78.

Names, Personal

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


Broadhempston Apprentice Register 1802-1842, Exeter, Devon FHS (2006). [Foreword] [Names included in the overall index published as "Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief" (CD 023).

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Sutcliffe, Hilary. Masters & Pauper Children and Indentures, Broadhempston 1804-1837. [DFHS Library - p929.3/PAR Bro]


Broadhempston Society web-page - provides some details of the Broadhempston Archive and the Broadhempston Local History Group - see also their Community Servivices page.

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