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"IDDESLEIGH or IDSLEIGH, on the east side of the picturesque valley of the river Torridge, 4 miles N.N.E. of Hatherleigh, is a village and parish, containing 545 souls and 2962 acres of land. Sir S.H. Northcote, Bart., is lord of the manor, and owner of about 2000 acres, formerly held by the Sully and Bingham families. Ash is the seat and property of Hugh Mallett, Esq., and has been long held by his family. The mansion is a handsome modern building, more than a mile from the village, on the banks of the river Okement. The Rev. P. Johnson, Wm. Arnold, W. Parker, and a few smaller freeholders have estates in the parish. The Church (St. James,) has a tower and four bells, and has lately been renovated and partly rebuilt at the cost of about £400. In the chancel is the effigy of a crusader, supposed to represent Sir John Sully." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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

Biography

Lang, A. Life, Letters and Diaries of Sir Stafford Northcote, 1st Earl of Iddesleigh. (1890) [Westcountry Studies Library, Torquay Library]
Worthy, C. The Life of the Earl of Iddesleigh, and a Complete History of the Northcote Family. (1887) [Westcountry Studies Library]

Cemeteries

Memorials to the Mallet family in Saint James Church, Iddesleigh, transcribed by Mike Mallett.

Easton, G.C., Monumental Inscriptions at Idysleigh, N. Devon, Genealogist, 7 (1883) pp.262-4.
Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]

Church History

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

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1541 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 1566 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.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1540-1840 and Marriages 1566-1613, 1632-1837.

Sellman, R.R. Iddesleigh and Dowland, Devon: edited transcript of parish registers, with family reconstitutions. Typescript (1991) 123p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.3/IDD/1541]
The Oldest Registers of Idysleigh (N. Devon) Genealogist, 7,(1883) pp 83-88.
The Deanery of Torrington - An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Ashreigny, Beaford, Buckland Filleigh, Dolton, Dowland, Great Torrington, Huish, Iddesleigh, Langtree, Little Torrington, Meeth, Merton, Newton St. Petrock, Peters Marland, Petrockstowe, Roborough, Shebbear, Sheepwash, St. Giles in the Wood and Winkleigh. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850. CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2010) . [Ashreigny Bapt: 1813-1838, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Beaford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Buckland Filleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Dolton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; Dowland Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1840, Bur: 1742-1837; Great Torrington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Huish Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Iddesleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Langtree Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Little Torrington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Meeth Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Merton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Newton St. Petrock Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Peters Marland Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Petrockstowe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Roborough Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1839; Shebbear Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Sheepwash Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; St Giles in the Wood Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Winkleigh Bapt: 1813-1853, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837.]

Directories

Transcript of complete 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 Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Linda Garnett, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: 1841 surname indices; 1891 census, 1901 census on fiche; PRs: Bapt 1653-1857; Marr. 1653-1837; Burials 1653-1903; Banns 1754-1901.)

The Malletts of Ash, Iddesleigh - by Bob Mallett.

History

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

Dingley, Dave. Bremelcumb, a short history of Brimblecombe. The author (2012) 46pp. [WSL ref: px631/IDD/DIN]
Downton, Barry. Iddesleigh: a parish in Devon. Iddesleigh: Iddesleigh Society (1893) 24pp: ill,map. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/IDD/0001/IDD] [Obtainable from the author] (Index) - a 32-page 2004 edition is now available.
Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Iddesleigh, Devon. Typescript (1962) 12 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]

Land and Property

Dingley, Dave. Ash: a history of the estate in Iddesleigh, Devon Dave Dingley, Winkleigh, Devon (2008) 130pp. [Westcountry Studies Library, DRO and NDRO] [Medieval & post-medieval history of Ash House & estate, with much data on the Mallet and Smyth-Osbourne families]

Memorial Inscriptions - see Cemeteries

Names, Personal

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

Probate Records

Summaries of the wills and admons of William Mallett (1586), Richord Mallett (1616), Oliver Mallett (1621), Oliver Mallett (1644), John Mallett (1661), Elizabeth Mallet (1694), and Hugh Mallet (1823), provided by Mike Mallett.

Wills of Hugh Mallett (1688) and William Mallet (1781), provided by Mike Mallett.

Will of William Weeks (1821), Henry Weeks (1826) and Henry Weeks (1851), provided by Roy E. Drew.

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