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"OGWELL (EAST) is a parish and scattered village, 1½ mile S.W. of Newton Abbot, containing 1249 acres of land, and 356 inhabitants. With the neighbouring parish of West Ogwell, it forms a detached member of Wonford Hundred, in the deanery of Ippleden. The manor was held at the Domesday Survey by Wm. Pictavensis, from whose family it afterwards passed to those of Malston, Stighull, and Reynell; but Holbeame estate was for some time held by the Petre family. General T.W. Taylor, C.B., is now lord of the manor, owner of most of the parish, and patron of the rectory, valued in K.B. at £19. 3s. 1d., and in 1831 at £200. The Rev. F.J. Taylor is the incumbent, for whom a handsome new Rectory House was built in 1849, on 26A. 2B. 21P of land, which was obtained in 1848, in exchange for the old glebe land. The Church (St. Bartholomew,) is a small ancient structure, with a tower and three bells, and stands in a picturesque valley." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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

Archives and Libraries

Newton Abbot Library has a small archive relating to this parish.


Obituary Notice - Daniel Robert Scratton (d.1902), provided by Tim Treeby.

Church History

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

St Bartholomew's Church website.

East Ogwell Church: compiled and illustrated by the Sisters of the Community of the Companions of Jesus the Good Shepherd. West Ogwell: The Community (1968) 10p, plates: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - p726.5/EAS/EAS]
Adams, Maxwell. Some Notes on the Churches and Manors of East and West Ogwell. Trans. Devon Assoc. (1900), vol. 32, pp.229-248. [Westcountry Studies Library s725.6/EAS/AD] [Index]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1674 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.

Among the records for this parish provided by Devon Heritage are transcripts of Burials for 1837-1906.

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

List of Rectors, provided by Tim Treeby.

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Alphington, Ashcombe, Bishopsteignton, Chudleigh, Combeinteignhead, Dawlish, Dunchideock, East Ogwell, East Teignmouth, Exminster, Haccombe, Ide, Kenn, Kenton, Mamhead, Powderham, Shaldon, Shillingford St. George, Starcross, Stokeinteignhead, St. Thomas the Apostle (by Exeter), Trusham, West Ogwell and West Teignmouth. Includes Chudleigh United Reformed Church and East Teignmouth Zion Independent Chapel Burials. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Directory (1850) and Kelly's Directory of Devonshire (1902), CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2015). [Alphington Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1812-1837; Ashcombe Bapt: 1813-1841 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1783-1837; Bishopsteignton Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Chudleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Chudleigh United Reformed Chapel Bur: 1834-1836; Combeinteignhead Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1800-1837; Dawlish Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Dunchideock Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1756-1836 Bur: 1813-1851; East Ogwell Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; East Teignmouth Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; East Teignmouth Zion Independent Chapel Bur: 1809-1836; Exminster Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1813-1837; Haccombe Bapt: 1821-1842 Mar: 1773-1801 Bur: 1829-1839; Ide Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Kenn Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1813-1837; Kenton Bapt: 1813-1844 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Mamhead Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Powderham Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1835 Bur: 1785-1837; Shaldon Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Shillingford St. George Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1765-1837 Bur: 1680-1842; Starcross Bapt: 1815-1840 Mar: 1828-1837 Bur: 1828-1837; Stokeinteignhead Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1800-1837; St.Thomas the Apostle (by Exeter) Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Trusham Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1743-1837 Bur: 1750-1837; West Ogwell Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1843 Bur: 1813-1839; West Teignmouth Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837.]

Description and Travel

Ogwell Parish community website (covering West and East Ogwell).

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


Transcript of entry in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.

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 for this parish is Marlene Ball, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: PRs.)

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.

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography has a lengthy description of the Reynell family.


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

History of the Parish of Ogwell, compiled by Tim Treeby

Adams, Maxwell. Some Notes on the Churches and Manors of East and West Ogwell. (1900) 20p. [Westcountry Studies Library - s726.5/ASH/ADA]


Maps of the Ambrook Ward, the (Modern) Parish Boundary, and of West and East Ogwell Properties from Teignbridge District Council.


List of Landlords, provided by Tim Treeby.

Probate Records

Transcripts of the wills of John Penny (1814) and Mary Penney (1830) by Frances MacKellar.

Transcript of the will of Agnes Reynell (1601) by Chris Lewin.

Transcript of the will of Richard Reynell (1585) by Kathleen Noye.

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