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"CALVERLEIGH, 2 miles W.N.W. of Tiverton, is a small parish, containing only 81 souls and 501 acres of land, all the property of Joseph Chichester Nagle, of Calverleigh House, a large mansion built in 1844-'5, in a small, well-wooded park. The manor was purchased by the late Joseph Nagle, of Viscount Vane, and was anciently held by the Calwodelie family. The Church (St. Mary,) is a small fabric, with a tower and three bells, and the rectory, valued in K.B. at £12, and in 1831 at £184, is in the patronage of G.W. Owen, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Geo. W. Owen, of Loxbear. The poor have an annuity of 18s. left by Humphrey Brook, and four of the poor parishioners have 5s. each yearly from Shorland's Charity. Wm. Downing, farmer, Hill Farm; Wm. Manley, church clerk; and Jas. Woolway, tailor." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

Also known as Calwoodleigh. A parish in Tiverton Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter.

Church History

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

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1679 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): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

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


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


Chichester, Alex Palmer Bruce, Sir. History of the family of Chichester, from A.D 1086 to 1874 including the descents of the various branches settled at Raleigh, Youlston, Arlington, Widworthy, Calverleigh Hall, and elsewhere in Devonshire; also of the Chichesters, Marquesses of Donegal, and Barons Templemore. John Camden Hotten, 1871.
Hosford, Norman F., & Hosford, David H. The Hosford genealogy; a history of the descendants of William Hosford, sometime resident of Beaminster, Dorsetshire, Dorchester, Massachusetts, Windsor, Connecticut and Calverleigh, Devonshire. West Kennebunk: Phoenix Publications, 1993. [Raymond: Includes West Country information, 16-17th c.]


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

Barbara Lupton provides a brief illustrated account of Calverleigh and its history.


Calverleigh School - Admission Register - 1875-1923, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF S002).

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