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"GEORGEHAM, a small straggling village, in a valley 8 miles W.S.W. of Barnstaple, has in its parish 923 souls and 4650 acres of land, extending westward to Croyde and Morte Bays, and the long narrow promontory called Baggy Point, where the rocky cliffs rise boldly from the Bristol Channel. Most of the parishioners are in the villages and hamlets of Croyde, North Buckland, Darracott, and Puttsborough. Croyde is a pleasant sea bathing place, with a fine bay, and much romantic scenery in its vicinity. The manor of Georgeham was anciently the seat and property of the knightly family of Pickwell, and now belongs to Earl Fortescue. C.H. Webber, Esq., is lord of the manor of Croyde, or Crede; but a great part of the parish belongs to John Dunning, W.V. Richards, (of Incledon House,) the Rev. F. Hole, and a number of smaller owners, mostly free and partly lease holders. The Church (St. George,) is a fine antique structure, and among its monuments is the tomb of a crusader, supposed to be that of Sir Mauger St. Albyn. In the churchyard are buried Simon Gould and his wife Julian, who died in March, 1817, each in the 101st year of their age, and having been married upwards of 75 years." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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


Mitchell, Kate. William Scamp 1801-1872, Devon Family Historian, vol. 145, (2013) pp.22. [Architect]


MIs for this parish are included in the Incledon and NDA North Devon indexes- see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.
Balfour, H.S. An Armory of Georgeham Church. Trans. Devon Assoc. 101 (1969) pp.107-113.
The Baptist burial ground at Cross, Croyde, Georgeham. [1978?] 169. [Westcountry Studies Library - x929.5/GEO/BAP]
Georgeham: inscriptions on stones in the churchyard, old and extension, together with those in the new cemetry ... Photocopy of typescript [1978?] [1],cvi,[45]leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library - 929.5/GEO/GEO]


Snetzler, M.F. North Devon Surname Index to the Census. Microfiche: M.F. Snetzler, Barcott, Buckland Brewer, Bideford, Devon EX39 5LN. [Covers 1841, 1861, 1871 and 1881 census records for this parish]

Church History

Brief accounts of the history of Georgeham's churches.

Crowley, Mrs J M. Notes on the Ruined Chapel of St Helen at Croyde, in the Parish of Georgeham. Trans. Dev. Assoc. 86 (1954) pp.166-72.
Smith, Denise & Harris, Brian. St George's Church, Georgeham. Georgeham PCC (2007) 15pp.

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1538 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 1559, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1538, 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): Marriages 1754-1837, 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 1540-180 and Marriages 1538-1840.
Brock, Bob and Ann. From Cradle to Grave 1900-1919, 20 years of Birth, Marriage and Death Notices Taken from the 'North Devon Journal' for the parishes of Ashford, Bittadon, Heanton Punchardon, Georgeham, Marwood, Morthoe and West Down Braunton Museum, The Bakehouse Centre, Caen Street, Braunton, N. Devon EX33 1AA (2002?) 60p.

Description and Travel

Croyde and District web-site.

Bell, Leslie E. Croyde, (1966). [Westcountry Studies Library]


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


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 Ann Pearce, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: PRs on fiche.)

Harris, Brian. The Hole family of Georgeham, Georgeham PCC (2001, rev. 2006) 30pp. [Members of the Hole family were rectors of the parish from 1783 to 1913]
Kelly, Mary. The Langdon family of Georgeham, Braunton, Northam and Heanton Punchardon, North Devon, England, Moggill, Queensland, M. Kelly (1994?) 1 vol: ill, maps. [Westcountry Studies Library px929.2/LAN]
Pearce, John. Gideon Bassett - A Decade of Research, Devon Family Historian, no. 149, (2014) pp.15-16.


Balfour, H.S. An Armory of Georgeham Church. Trans. Devon Assoc. 101 (1969) pp.107-113.


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

Balfour, H.S. The History of Georgham and Croyde. Georgeham: H.S.Balfour (1990) 73p: ill,maps. [Westcountry Studies Library - pxB/GEO 3/0001/BAL
Chanter, J.F. Harris of Pickwell. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 7:5, (1912) pp.178. [See vol.7, p.120, par.95. Also 7, p.256, par.182.]
Lamplugh, Lois. A book of Georgeham and the North West Corner of Devon. Barnstaple: Westwell Publ (1995) [vii],150p: ill,maps. [ISBN 0952141329]
Thompson, R.W. Home in Ham, (1938) 240 pp. [With drawings by Gay Thomas]
Williamson, Henry. Life in a Devon village [Georgeham] London, Breslich & Foss, 1983.

Merchant Marine

Balfour, H. Stevenson. The wreck of H.M.S. Weazle. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 102, (1970) pp.105-119, plate: ill. [In 1799]

Names, Personal

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

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