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"KENTISBURY, a scattered village, in a high situation, 9 miles N.N.E. of Barnstaple, and 3 miles E.S.E. of Combemartin, has in its parish 422 souls, and 3400 acres of land, rising in bold hills, and including the hamlet of Patehole. The manor, formerly belonging to the Wolfe, Randall, Richards, and Beavis families, is dismembered, and the parish now belongs to Earl Fortescue, the Misses Incledon, and several smaller freeholders. The Church is an ancient structure, with a massive tower and four bells." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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


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


Snetzler, M.F. North Devon Surname Index to the Census. Microfiche: M.F. Snetzler, Barcott, Buckland Brewer, Bideford, Devon EX39 5LN. [Covers 1881 census records for this parish]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1674 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.

Kentisbury extant PR's at the Devon Record Office, Exeter: Bpt. 1674-1896; Marr 1676-1975; Bur. 1675-1990. (These records also available at the North Devon RO, Barnstaple.)

Transcripts of the Marriages in the Parish Registers going back to 1675 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): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1841, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Marriages 1675-1841.

Description and Travel

Kentisbury parish web-site.


Transcript of complete entry in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.


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


Glanville-Richards, W.S. Richards of Kentisbury, Devon: extracts from the registers of that parish, |Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica (New Series) 4, 1884, pp. 17 & 29-30.
Moore-Smith, G.C. Richards of Kentisbury, Co. Devon, Genealogist (New Series) 27, 1911, pp. 78-84.


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

Kentisbury Catalogue: The Past, Present and Future of "A Parish without a village". Kentisbury Catalogue Steering Group (2000) 180pp.

Names, Personal

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


Passmore, M.M. Kentisbury primary school 1877-1977: a brief history. [Kentisbury?]: [The School?] [1977?] 8p. [Westcountry Studies Library - px372/KEN/PAS]
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