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"HUNTSHAM, a parish of scattered houses, 5 miles N.N.E. of Tiverton, has only 157 souls and 2930 acres of land. The Rev. E.B. Troyte, LL.D., is lord of the manor, owner of a great part of the soil, and patron and incumbent of the rectory, valued in K.B. at £10. 12s. 11d., and in 1831 at £260. He has a pleasant seat here called Huntsham House, and 49A. 2R. 14P. of glebe; but the Parsonage is in a decayed condition. The tithes were commuted in 1842 for £187 per annum. The manor was formerly held by the Stanton, Dunsland, Beare, and Lucas families, the latter of whom sold it to the Troytes. The Church is an ancient ivy mantled structure, with a tower and three bells. It has a fine old screen, and the seats have all variously carved ends, and bear the date, 1534." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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


A local census of Huntsham, of 1860, listing housholders and household numbers, is held at the Devon Record Office (DRO 1131A/PO 5).

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1558 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 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection.

Parish Register Transcriptions and Indexes (1559-1900), provided by David Wall of the Huntsham Scociety.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1750-1837 - for details see their book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1559-1875, and Marriages 1597-1675, 1690-1875. (These entries are in part from Bishops' Transcripts.)

Luxmoore, Charles F.C. (ed.) Registers of the Parish of Huntsham, 1559-1900. Exeter: William Pollard & Co. (1905). [Devon and Cornwall Record Society Library]
Sellman, R.R. Huntsham, Devon: edited transcript of parish registers to 1900, with family reconstitutions & supporting evidence. Typescript (1991) 60p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.3/HUN/1559]


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


The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is David Wall, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: RR Sellman's transcript of Parish Register; Commercial Directories 1850s-1930s.)

History of the Troyte Family, provided by the Troyte Ringing Centre.


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

Greenslade, Olive L. Huntsham, Coterose Ltd. (Printer), Bampton (1981) 20 pp.
The Huntsham Book, Huntsham Society (2005) 262 pp. [Contents & Index] [The geographical scope of the book covers Huntsham Parish and neighbouring parts of Tiverton, Bampton, Hockworthy and Uplowman Parishes. The History section includes 25 pages on the Acland Troytes of Huntsham Court, while appendices include lists of clergy, teachers, tradesmen and postmasters.] [Now available on CD - enquiries to David Wall]

Land and Property

Huntsham Court Game Book - extractions and indexes by David Wall.

Huntsham Parish Tithe Map and Apportionments 1840, and Census 1841 - by David Wall.


Huntsham Apprentices Register - 1744-1811, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF A236). [Foreword]


The Huntsham Society (founded in 2001) aims to: (i) explore, document, record, conserve and disseminate the local and natural history of Huntsham, (ii) create and maintain an information resource for the benefit and education of the local community, and (iii) foster interest in conservation issues. Contact: David Wall. It has published The Huntsham Book - see above under History.

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