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"GERMANSWEEK, or Week St. Germans, on a bold declivity, 11 miles W. by S. of Okehampton, has in its parish 414 souls, and 2595 acres of land, including Heyworthy hamlet, and nearly 800 acres of common,, about to be enclosed. The soil belongs to the Rev. C.T.C. Luxmoore, Lord Clinton, J. Squire, H. Hawkes, C. Brown, and a few smaller owners. The Church is mostly in the early English style, and has a tower and three bells. The Dean and Chapter of Bristol are appropriators of the tithes, and patrons of the perpetual curacy, now held by the Rev. Chas. Carpenter, B.A., of Lifton, who has yearly £82. 7s. from Queen Anne's Bounty, and £9 from the tithes, now leased to the Rev. C.T.C. Luxmoore, and commuted for £117 per annum. Here is small Baptist chapel." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1652 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): Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1837 - for details see their book list.

Among the records for this parish provided by Devon Heritage are transcripts of Burials for 1837-1927.

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

The Deanery of Okehampton: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Ashbury, Beaworthy, Belstone, Bratton Clovelly, Broadwoodkelly, Exbourne, Germansweek, Hatherleigh, Highampton, Honeychurch, Inwardleigh, Jacobstowe,Monkokehampton, Northlew, Okehampton and Sampford Courtenay. Photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850. CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2011). [Ashbury Mar: 1755-1810; Beaworthy Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1758-1837, Bur: 1760-1837; Belstone Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1835, Bur: 1813-1837; Bratton Clovelly Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Broadwoodkelly Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1839, Bur: 1813-1838; Exbourne Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Germansweek Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1756-1837, Bur: 1813-1840; Hatherleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Highampton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1747-1837, Bur: 1813-1839; Honeychurch Bapt: 1813-1842, Mar: 1757-1837, Bur: 1813-1842; Inwardleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1790-1837; Jacobstowe Bapt: 1813-1852, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1851; Monkokehampton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; Northlew Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Okehampton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Okehampton Independent Chapel Bur: 1829-1837; Sampford Courtenay Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837.]

Description and Travel

Colin Smith's Picture Tour (archived copy) of Germansweek provides many captioned photographs.


Transcription by Neil Stanton of the entry for Germansweek 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 Rita Rainbird, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Baptisms 1770-1837, Marriages 1756-1832, Burials 1769-1812.)

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.

Brown, Margaret Seccombe. Seccombe Farm in the Parish of Germansweek, and the Seccombe family associated with the farm. The Author (2014?). [DFHS Library 929.2/SEC]
Olley, William and and Mary E. Seccombe. A matter of chance: Seccombe since the Saxons and Wollongbar. W.J. Olley & M.E. Seccombe (1990) 128p: ill. [Barnstaple Library 929.2/SEC]
Extracts from Bratton Clovelly and Germansweek, Devonshire parish church registers of marriages, baptisms and burials. Typescript (1965) x, 29 [47] leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.2/HEA] [Hearn Family]


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

Fielding, Leslie. Germansweek and its parish church: a history of the village of Germansweek and the parish church of St. Germans ... (1977) [1],20p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/GER/0001/FIE]
Turton, S.D. Documentary history of Hennard village and Hennard Gifford. Exeter Mus. Archaeol.Field Unit (1988) [4],22p,6 leaves: maps.
Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Germansweek, Devon. Typescript (1964) 5 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]


Juddery, J.Z., Turton, S.D. & Weddell, P.J. Roadford Reservoir Project: The Seccombe Family Documents. Exeter: Exeter Museum Archaeological Field Unit (1988) 35p,plates: maps.
Turton, S.D. & Weddell, P.J. Roadford Reservoir Project: Documentary History of West Wortha. Exeter: Exeter Museum Archaeological Field Unit (1988).16p: 5maps
Weddell, P.J. Roadford Reservoir Project: Documentary History of Southweek Manor. Exeter: Exeter Museum Archaeological Field Unit (1988).[4],16p,8 leaves: maps.
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