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"CADELEIGH, or Cadleigh, a pleasant scattered village, 4½ miles S.W. of Tiverton, has in its parish 403 souls and 2020 acres of land, rising in bold undulations, and extending eastward to the river Exe. It includes the hamlets of Welton and Little Silver. Mrs. Moore is lady of the manor, but the chief part of the soil belongs to Mrs. Fursdon and many other freeholders. It was successively held by the Chievre, Mohun, Kingston, Courtenay, Leach, and Doble families. The Church (St. Bartholomew,) has an embattled tower and five bells, and contains a costly monument to Sir Simon Leach (son of a blacksmith of Crediton.) and his wife, with their recumbent effigies, and two kneeling figures, under a splendid canopy. His son, Simon, was a distinguished royalist in the civil wars, and died in 1660. the rectory, valued in K.B. at £13, and in 1831 at £234, is in the gift of Mrs. Moore and incumbency of the Rev. P.F. Brittain, M.A. who has 54A. of glebe, and a good residence, in a picturesque glen." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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


Smith, Jeannette. Untangling the Reverends William Salter of Northleigh and Cadeleigh, Devon Family Historian, vol. 138, (2011) pp.29-31.


Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]

Church History

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

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1665 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 1665, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1606, 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 1606-1837, and Marriages 1613-1630, 1664-1697, 1711-1713, 1725-1837.

Deanery Of Cadbury - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837 And Burials 1813-1837, CD060, Exeter, Devon FHS (2014). [Brampford Speke Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1840; Cadbury Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Cadeleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1810-1837; Cheriton Fitzpaine Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Colebrooke Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Crediton Presbyterian Chapel Bur: 1826-1837; Crediton Bapt: 1813-1843 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Down St Mary Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1770-1837; Kennerleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Morchard Bishop Bapt: 1813-1837 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Nether Exe Bapt: 1814-1851 Mar: 1773-1807 Bur: 1813-1856; Newton St. Cyres Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1840; Poughill Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1838 Bur: 1770-1837; Sandford Bapt: 1813-1838 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Shobrooke Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Stockleigh English Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Stockleigh Pomeroy Bapt: 1813-1843 Mar: 1752-1837 Bur: 1813-1851; Thorverton Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1839 Bur: 1813-1837; Upton Hellions Bapt: 1813-1842 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1678-1929; Upton Pyne Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1838 Bur: 1800-1837.]


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


Fisher, A. Sir Simon Leach of Cadeleigh, Kt. Devon Notes and Queries 2 (1902-03) pp.29- 37, 58, 92-95. [Raymond: Includes part of will, 1637, and monumental inscriptions.] [Index]


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

French, William. Notes on the parish of Cadeleigh (1903-) 1 vol. [Westcountry Studies Library - sxB/CAD 7/0001/FRE]

Names, Personal

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


Window Tax records for 1710 are held by the Devon Record Office.

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