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HALWELL

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"HALWELL, or Holwell, a small village 6 miles S. by W of Totnes and 7 miles W. by N. of Dartmouth, has in its parish 445 souls and 3666A. 2R. 28p. of land including Washburn Hamlet (38 souls,) and a number of scattered farmhouses. The soil is various, andon the higher grounds are vestiges of two entrenchments. The manor was anciently held by the Halghwiks, and afterwards by the Vernies and the Hales, but was dismembered many years ago.The parish is now mostly freehold, and belongs to J. Cornish,.Esq., S. Savory, Esq., Mrs. Bastard, Hele's Charity, N. Moysey, Esq., and several smaller owners. The Church {St. Leonard,} is an ancient structure,in the perpendicular style, with a fine lofty tower and six bells." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Coleridge Hundred, and the Archdeaconry of Totnes and Diocese of Exeter. Regarded as part of the South Hams area.

Biography

Hart, Brian. Newspaper Cuttings, Devon Family Historian, vol. 111, (2004) pp.16. [Concerning William Henry Lavers, born Halwell in 1886, who emigrated to Australia in 1910, and who disappeared - allegedly was murdered - in 1936.]

Census

Transcriptions of the 1841 census and 1861 census, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1560 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 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993). (Note that the IGI incorrectly lists the parish of Halwill as Halwell by Holsworthy.)

Indexes to baptisms (1742-1812), banns (1837-1912) and burials (1758-1828), from the Parishes of the South Hams website.

McNaught, M. J. (transcr.) Devon Registers Vol 8 - Diptford: CMB (BTs) 1596-1601/2, 1611-16, undated entries, 1633-34/5, 1639, CB 1653-1850, M 1653-1837, banns 1837-50, CMB strays 1596-1850; Halwell: C 1584-89/90, 1595-1850, M 1562-88, 1596?-98?, 1602-80, 1684-1850, B 1560-1850, C strays 1584-1850, MB strays 1560-1850; Harberton: CMB (BTs) 1597-1602, 1608-09, 1611-15/16, 1620-21, C 1624-1850, M 1625-27, 1630, 1633, 1635-36/37, 1639-40, 1648-1850, B 1622-1850, CMB strays 1597-1850. [SoG Library DE/R 117]
The Deanery of Totnes: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials . . . with photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850, CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2009). [Ashprington: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Blackawton: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Buckfastleigh: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Cornworthy: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1840), Dartington: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dartmouth St. Clement: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dartmouth St. Petrox: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dartmouth St. Saviour: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dean Prior: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1755-1837), Bur (1790-1837), Diptford: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dittisham: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Halwell: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1755-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Harberton: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Holne: Bapt (1813-1842), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Rattery: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1800-1837), South Brent: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Stoke Fleming: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Totnes: Bapt (1813-1842), Mar (1754-1837), Bur: (1813-1837)]

Directories

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

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

Gazetteers

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

Genealogy

The South Hams Genealogical Information Resource website offers lookups in their records concerning this parish.

Perry, Pamela. Cholwich, Devon Family Historian, no. 151, (2014) p.9.
Glanville of Halwell: extracts from the registers of Whitchurch, Co. Devon, Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica (New Series), 3, 1880, pp. 418-9 & 431-2.

History

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

Sue Davey's Drewsteignton pages provide historical information, and parish register extracts.

Probate Records

Summary of the admin. of goods of William Mallett of Halwell granted to Elizabeth Mallett 9 June 1692, provided by Mike Mallett.

Will of William Bealey (1828), transcribed by Roy Drew.

Will of Sampson Hele (1655), transcribed by Kathleen Noye.

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Last updated - 28 Jan 2016 - Brian Randell

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