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"COCKINGTON, a parish of scattered houses, 2 miles W. of Torquay, has only 203 souls, and about 1000 acres of land, extending to the cliffs of Torbay, where a great part of the sea wall was washed down Oct. 13th, 1849, but is now rebuilt. C.H. Mallock, Esq., owns most of the parish, and is now lord of the manors of Cockington and Chelston. He resides at Cockington Court, a large stone mansion, in a well-wooded lawn; and is also the owner of Livermead House, a beautiful villa on the sea coast. The Church is a small antique fabric, and the living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to that of Tor-Moham. C.H. Mallock, Esq., is patron, and also impropriator of the rectory, and has the power of proving wills here. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Haytor Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter. There is modern church at Chelston in this parish, without separate registers.


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

Church History

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

Cockington Parish web-site.

Seymour, Deryck. The Story of Cockington Church, The Church, Cockington (1990). 20p. [Based on the original by The Rev. John Donaldson]
Watkin, H.R. The use of a Norse standard of measurement by the Normans in eleventh and twelfth century buildings, as exemplified in the structure of Torre Abbey and the churches of Kingskerswell and Cockington. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 46 (1914) pp. 326-345. [Index]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1628 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.

Terry Leaman offers lookups for Cockington baptisms, 1770-1837.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1780-1837 - for details see their book list.

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

Deanery of Ipplepen: Photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850. CD - Devon FHS (2012). [An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of: Abbotskerswell Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1756-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Berry Pomeroy Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Brixham All Saints Baptisms (1826-1839), Marriages (1826-1837), Burials (1831-1832); Brixham St Mary Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Broadhempston Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1681-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Churston Ferrers Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1835), Burials (1800-1837); Cockington Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1780-1834); Coffinswell Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1857); Denbury Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1800-1837); Ipplepen Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1843), Burials (1813-1837); Kingskerswell Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Kingswear Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1755-1837), Burials (1780-1837); Littlehempston Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1731-1837), Burials (1813-1840); Marldon Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Paignton Baptisms (1813-1841), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Paignton Independent Burials (1826-1836); Staverton Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Stoke Gabriel Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Torbryan Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1838), Burials (1813-1854); Tormohun Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Torquay St Marychurch Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Wolborough Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1839), Burials (1813-1837); Woodland Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1755-1835), Burials (1813-1838).]

Description and Travel

Virtual Tour of Cockington - from Halien.

Photographs of Cockington, "Old World Charm and thatched cottages in modern day Torquay", provided by Terry Leaman.


Description and residents list transcribed from "Billings Directory and Gazetteer of Devon 1857" by Terry Leaman.

Transcription provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.


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 Terry Leaman, who invites queries and lookup requests.

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.

Ball, Marion. The chronicles of the Ball family. Torquay: Devonshire Press [1928?] 56p. [Westcountry Studies Library - p929.2/BAL]
Cary, Lionel. Cary of Cockington. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, vol. 11, (1920-21), pp. 161-2. [Index]
Dymond, Robert. Sir George Cary of Cockington, Trans. Devon. Assoc. 6, 1873-4, pp. 276-92.
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. XXVII: Tor-Mohun - Lord William BRIWERE; MOHUN; RIDGWAY; Earls of Londonderry; PALK; CARY, including Sir Henry CARY of Cockington; COCKINGTON; MALLOCKS of Cockington, including Roger MALLOCK, Mayor of Exeter] [Index]


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

Connell, Jo. Cockington. Exeter, Obelisk (1993). ISBN: 0946651841
Ellis, A.C. Cockington and its Church (6th ed.). [Torquay]: The Author (1948) 16p: ill [Westcountry Studies Library - p726.5/COC/ELL]
Lang, J.F. Old Cockington, Vol. 1. [Cockington: J. F. Lang] (1971).96p,plates: ill,maps. BL YA.1991.a.914.
Mallock, R. Cockington Before the Restoration. Torquay: A.Iredale (1895) 28p. [Westcountry Studies Library - B/COC/0001/MAL]
Molbach, I.J. Cockington Village, Devon: Life and history from the Stone Age to the Black Death. (n.d.) [Torquay Central Library]
Pike, J.R. The Parish of Cockington. Torquay: Torbay Library Serv. (1971) 7p. [Westcountry Studies Library - xB/COC/0001/PIK]
Watkin, H.R. The Story of Cockington (n.d.) [Westcountry Studies Library]
Worthy, Charles. Devonshire Parishes. Exeter: William Pollard (1887) - Vol. 2, pp. 347- 354.


Dymond, R. The Manor of Cockington. (1881-2) 16p. [Westcountry Studies Library - 333.322/COC/DYM]
Fox, H.S.A. Fishing in Cockington Documents. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.76-82.
Lang, Joan F. Lords of the Manor of Cockington. Devon Life vol. 9 no. 72 (1972) pp.34-36; ill.
Read, Brian. Cockington Bygones, A History of the Manors of Cockington and Chelston and the Parish of Cockington. Vol.1 : Emergence, Chelston, Livermead, Stantor Barton and Field- and Place Names, Portcullis Publishing (1999). [ISBN 0 9532450 0 4] [Index]
Read, Brian. Cockington Bygones, A History of the Manors of Cockington and Chelston and the Parish of Cockington. Vol. 2: Cockington Church, Cockington Court, and Hostelries, Portcullis Publishing (2000). [ISBN 0 9532450 1 2] [Index]

Names, Personal

Cockington Apprentices Register - 1803-1842, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF A112). [Foreword]

Probate Records

Rowe, M.M. Cockington Manor Wills. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 33, 4 (1975) pp.109-113.
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