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"HALBERTON is a large village, 3 miles E. of Tiverton, near the Grand Western Canal, and 1½ mile W. of the junction of the Tiverton branch with the Bristol and Exeter Railway. Its parish contains 1739 inhabitants, and about 7600 acres of land, including the hamlets of Brethem-Bottom, Seckerleigh, Muxbeare, Ash, and many scattered houses. Earl Powlett is lord of the manor of Halberton-Dean or Lower Town, which he holds on lease under the Dean and Chapter of Bristol. The manor of Halberton Boys, formerly held by the Boys and other families, was purchased in 1808, by Richard Hall Clarke, Esq., of Bridwell House . . . The manor of Morston belongs to the countess of Egremont. Mount Stephen is the seat of George Wood, Esq., and Halberton Court is the residence of Thomas Webber, Esq. The other principal owners of land in this large parish are the Rev. J. Pitman, Capt Adney, W. Nation, Esq., G. Pearce, Esq., Rev. J. Spurway, and Capt. Cphr. Laroche. . . . The Church (St. Andrew,) is a handsome structure, of the 14th century, with a tower and five bells. . . . Here is an old Wesleyan Chapel, and a Farmer's Club. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Halberton Hundred, the Archdeaconry and Diocese of the Exeter. Though Muxbere is in this parish, its inhabitants tended to use and be registered in Willand Church. Chief Loman is a detached part of this parish.


Cameron, Vanessa (Mrs). Henry Jutsum - 11th September 1814 - 3rd March 1869, Devon Family Historian, vol. 134, (2010) pp.30-32. [Victorian artist, b. London of a Halberton family.]
Hooper, David. A Soldier in the 6th Foot, Devon Family Historian, vol. 124, (2007) pp.20. [Samel Osmond (c1780-1865)]


MIs for this parish are included in the Incledon index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.


A local census of Halberton, of 1864, listing housholders and household numbers, is held at the Devon Record Office (DRO 4074A/PZ 3).

Church History

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

Parish church website.

The Halberton Parish Church web-site provides a well-illustrated brief history of the church.

Bagwell, F.H. Short History of Methodism in Halberton. Wellington: Rockwell Printers (1960) 17p. [Westcountry Studies Library - 287.1/HAL/BAG]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1605 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.

Indexed transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1605, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1612, 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 1605-1837, and Marriages 1612-1837.
The Register of baptisms, marriages & burials of the parish of Halberton, Devon, 1605-1837. Exeter,1930 1940, 2 v. in 1. 4to. 1st series. Parish Registers Devon and Cornwall Record Society.
Phillimore, W.P.W. Memorials of the Family of Finmore, The Author, 124 Chancery Lane, London (1886) 76 pp. [Full text] [Contains extensive extracts from the Halberton PRs related to the Finmore family]

Court Records

Register of Freeholders - Ermington, Exminster, Fremington & Halberton c1816, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D128). [Foreword]

Description and Travel

Halberton parish community web-site.

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


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


McCrea, Nigel. Cook of Halberton and Tiverton: The Mystery of the Rixer 'Alias', Devon Family Historian, vol. 73, (1995) pp.17-19.
Payne, Christopher. Bale Family & Halberton Methodist Chapel, Devon Family Historian, vol. 156, (2015) pp.20-21.
Terry, George Skelton. Genealogical research in England: Burt-March, New England Hist. & Gen. Reg. 86, 1932, pp. 77-84, 216-20 and 247-52, Burt and March families of Halberton, Devon, etc. [Raymond: 16-17th c. Includes wills, extracts from parish registers and court rolls, etc.]


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

Reichel, Oswald J. The hundreds of Hemyock and Halberton in early times, Trans. Devonshire Association, (1929) pp.33-63.
Voce, Eileen. Halberton and Halbertonians: the story of a Devon village and its inhabitants. Halberton: A. & E. Voce (1994) 127pp. [DFHS Tree House Library]
Voce, Eileen. Halberton and Halbertonians: The continuing story of a Devon village and its inhabitants - Vol. 2, Halberton: A. & E. Voce (2012?).

Land and Property

Elliot, John. Homes and gardens - the Priory, Halberton. Devon Life vol. 8 no. 66 (1971) pp.14-16; ill.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Cullompton Register of Bastardy Applications 1850-1859, Exeter, Devon FHS (2004). [Includes parishes of Burlescombe, Churchstanton, Cullompton, Halberton, Kentisbeare, Silverton, Thorverton and Uffculme.] [Foreword] [Names included in the overall index published as "Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief" (CD 023).

Probate Records

Will of Henry Marwood (1547) provided by David Carter.
Kearsley, M. A Copy of the Will of Mary Ann Lear. Devon Family Historian 45 (1888) pp.24-26. [Of Halberton, 1802.]
Worthy, Charles. The Will of Henry Marwood. Western Antiquary 9, 5 (1889) pp.77-78. [Of Halberton, 1547.]


Window Tax records for 1710 are held by the Devon Record Office.
Howard, A.J. Lay subsidy roll: county of Devon 1524: Halberton hundred ...Bampton hundred...West Budleigh hundred...Hayridge hundred...Tiverton hundred, Typescript (1968). [D&CRS Library, Exeter: P1524]

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