"KINGSBRIDGE is a small but busy and improving market town, pleasantly situated on rising ground, at the head of the estuary which runs up from the English Channel, between Salcombe and East Portlemouth, about six miles below, and has several creeks projecting from either side. It is distant about 20 miles E.S.E. of Plymouth, 34 miles S.S.W. of Exeter, 12 miles from Totnes and Ivybridge Railway Stations, and 205 miles W.S.W. from London. It is in the two PARISHES of KINGSBRIDGE and DODBROOKE, the former of which has only 32 acres, and had 1654 souls in 1841; . . . The manor of Kingsbridge was held by Buckfast Abbey, as part of Churchstow and was granted by Philip and Mary to John and Barnard Drake, who sold it to Sir John Peter. In 1793, it was sold by Lord Petre to the Scobells, and it now belongs to John Scobell, Esq. . . . KINGSBRIDGE CHURCH (St. Edmund,) is a large and ancient cruciform structure, with an embattled tower, containing six bells, and crowned by a spire. . . . the Rev. Richard Luney, M.A., is the present vicar, and also one of the prebendaries of Exeter. He has erected here a handsome Vicarage House; and under his judicious superintendence, the church was repewed and renovated in 1845, at the cost of more than £500. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
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A parish in Stanborough Hundred, in the Archdeaconry of Totnes and Diocese of Exeter. Regarded as part of the South Hams area.
Extensive information about Kingsbridge's Cookworthy Museum of Rural Life, which incorporates a Local Heritage Resource Centre - whose collections include many photographs, PRs and local newspapers on microfiche, local history books and trade directories.
Bennett, John. Where is Winnie, Who is She?, Devon Family Historian, vol. 145, (2013) pp.23-24. [Winifred Louisa Bennett, d. Kingsbridge 1900.]
Born, Anne. This extraordinary man: John Wolcot, Peter Pindar (1738-1819). Trans. Devon. Assoc. 122, (1990) pp.83-102.[Peter Pindar (John Wolcot), writer, 1738-1819]
Fox, H. The Story of William Cookworthy. (1972) [Plymouth Library]
Fox, Hubert C. The story of William Cookworthy : Maker of porcelain and man of peace (2nd ed.), Southampton, Pearson & Lloyd (1995) 30 pp. : ill., geneal. table, ports. [ISBN 1899550186]
Girtin, Tom. Doctor with two aunts: a biography of Peter Pindar. London: Hutchinson (1959) 272p, plates: ill.
Paine, Crispin. A South Devon Carpenter in Victorian London: The Diary of Charles Cleverly Paine , Meskel Press (2014) 98 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-0992877705]
Wilks, Gloria. Journal of Louisa Timewell 1852, Devon Family Historian, vol. 73, (1995) pp.2-9. [Née Lidstone - journal of sea voyage to Australia]
Worth, R N. William Cookworthy and the Plymouth China Factory. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 8, (1876) pp. 480-496. [Index]
A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Church of St Edmunds, and the Embankment Road Cemetry is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 5 of Devon Memorial inscriptions (DE/M18), together with one of Memorial Inscriptions for the Monuments behind the Catholic Church - Old Quaker Ground? - Methodist Church, Baptist Church, Church Lane, and the Baptist Church, Phoenix Place, in Vol. 8 of Devon Memorial inscriptions (DE/M23).
Collins, Lyn. Monumental inscriptions Kingsbridge civil cemetery. Typescript (1987) 61p. [Westcountry Studies Library]
Collins, Lyn. St. Edmunds church and church yard monuments, Kingsbridge, South Hams District, Devon. The Author(1987) 56p: ill, plan. [Plymouth Library - 929.5/965K]
Collins, Lyn. List of monuments: St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Church St, Dodbrooke, Kingsbridge, Devon. Typescript (1988) 80, 26p. [Westcountry Studies Library]
Collins, Lyn. Baptist burial ground, Venn, Auton Gifford and the Baptist chapel, Kingsbridge: monumental inscriptions, Kingsbridge, [Lyn Collins] (1989) 6 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library: px929.5/AVE/BAP]
Collins, Lyn. Kingsbridge: monumental inscriptions from the Quaker burial ground and the Methodist church forecourt. Kingsbridge: [Lyn Collins] (1989) [Westcountry Studies Library - px929.5/KIN/KIN]
Collins, Lyn. Walking in the Churchyards. Kingsbridge History Society Recorder 1 (1989) pp.7-11.
Collins, Lyn. Deaths at sea: Malborough monumental inscriptions: church near Kingsbridge, South Devon. Kingsbridge: Lyn Collins [1990?] 4p. [Westcountry Studies Library]
Square, J. Harris. Epitaphs from Churches, Churchyards and Burial Places in the Following Parishes: Kingsbridge, South Milton, East Allington, Dodbrooke, Malborough, Blackawton, West Alvington, Sherford, Charleton, Thurlestone, Churchstow, East Portlemouth. Devonshire Association Trans. 29 (1897) pp.182-215. [Index]
Name index to the 1841 census, and to the 1841 Kingsbridge Union workhouse census, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.
Kingsbridge - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).
Davies, William. Buckfast Abbey and its relation to Kingsbridge. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 45, (1913) pp.143-151. [Index]
The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837, together with Kingsbridge Independent Chapel Burials 1793-1897 - for details see their book list.
Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):
Index to Baptisms (1798-1812), Banns (1837-1894) and Burials (1631-1812), from the Parishes of the South Hams website.
Index to Kingsbridge Independent Ebenezer Chapel Births/baptisms (1837-1908) and Marriages (1837-1897), from the Parishes of the South Hams website.
Index to Kingsbridge Wesleyan Methodist Circuit - Baptisms 1849-1902, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.
Randolph, Prebendary. Antient Mss. in Kingsbridge Church. Western Antiquary 6 (1886-87), pp.145-146, 184-185, 216-217, 240-242, 265-266 and 294; 7 (1887) pp.10-11, 37-38, 85-86, 104-105, 131-132, 158-159, 210-212, 234-235, and 259-261; 8 (1888) pp.14-15, 86-87, 118-120, 167-168, and 236-237; 9 (1889-90) pp.126, 160-01; 10 (1891) pp.64-65, 102-103 and 183-185; 11 (1891-1892) pp.37-39.
Deanery of Woodleigh Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837 and Burials 1813-1988 - CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2006). [Index of Aveton Gifford: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Bigbury: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837), Buckland-Tout-Saints: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1818-1822), Burials (1813-1988), Charleton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1780-1812), Chivelstone: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1800-1837), Churchstow: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1848), Dodbrooke: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), East Allington: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), East Portlemouth: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Kingsbridge: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Kingsbridge Ind.: Burials (1793-1897), Loddiswell: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Malborough: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Moreleigh: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Ringmore: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1764-1814), Salcombe: Baptisms (1813-1839), Sherford: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1800-1837), Slapton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), South Huish: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1856), South Milton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1838), South Pool: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1838), Stokenham: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Stokenham Ind.: Burials (1795-1836), Thurlstone: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1838), West Alvington: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Woodleigh: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837)]
Hawkings, David T. Civil Actions at the Quarter Sessions, Family Tree Magazine, vol. 23, no. 3, (2007) pp.22-23. [Provides full transcript of an 1850 petition from 68 Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke inhabitants requesting that a police oficer be appointed - with list of names, occupations and parish]
Kingsbridge and Area Tourist Information Centre web site.
Adey, W.T. All about Kingsbridge and Salcombe illustrated guide for the use of visitors. Kingsbridge: B. Wyatt. (1903) 105p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/KIN 1/1903/ADE] [ArchiveCD]
Anderson, Arthur H. Kingsbridge, Salcombe, and the Kingsbridge Estuary. (1916) [Plymouth Library]
[Hawkins, A]. Kingsbridge and Salcombe, with the intermediate estuary, historically and topographically depicted. Kingsbridge: R.Southwood (1819) vi, 210p, plates: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - B/KIN/0001/KIN] [Index]
Rowe, Charles R. Guide to the West of England holiday resorts. Part 4: Kingsbridge and neighbourhood, Plymouth, Western Morning  32p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library pDEV/1908/ROW]
Merrell's guide: Salcombe, Kingsbridge, South Devon (4th ed.), Salcombe, Merrell  46, p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library pB/SAL 3/1920/MER]
A pictorial and descriptive guide to Torquay, Paignton, Dartmouth, Kingsbridge, Totnes and other South Devon resorts (14th ed), London, Ward, Lock & Co. (1934) xxxii, 132p, 48pls: maps. [Westcountry Studies Library B/TOR 7/1934/PIC]
Kigsbridge Guide, (c1952). [Devon FHS Library 942.35/KIN]
Transcriptions of the entries in Pigot & Co's Devon (1830) and White's Devonshire Directory (1850), covering Kingsbridge, Dodbrooke, and the Kingsbridge Union, by Terry Partridge.
Scanned image of Kelly's Directory entry (1923), for Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.
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 Tolcher, who invites queries and lookup requests.
This parish is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.
The South Hams Genealogical Information Resource website offers lookups in their records concerning this parish.
Cove, Mary. Notes on the history of the Cove family, Kingsbridge History Society Recorder 6, 1991, pp. 3-7. [17-20th c.]
Kerswell, Bob. Bob Kerswell: His Friends Remember, Short Run Press (2005) 149 pp. [DFHS Library B/KER]
Lidstone, Hugh H.R.G. Lidstone of the South Hams of Devon, Mrs. A. Lidstone, Ledstone Farm, Kingsbridge, S. Devon TQ7 2HQ (n.d.).
Collins, Lyn. Heraldry in the Kingsbridge Parish Churches. Kingsbridge History Society Recorder 2 (1989) pp.9-11.
General historical and descriptive information, area map from 1765, details about administrative boundaries, etc., about Kingsbridge from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.
Account of a Visit by John and Abigail Adams to Kingsbridge in 1787, by Kathryn Barnett.
Barber, Chips. Around and about the Kingsbridge estuary. Exeter: Obelisk Publications (2005) 32p [ISBN 1903585554]
Born, Anne. A history of Kingsbridge and Salcombe. Chichester: Phillimore,1986, 179 pp.,  pp. of plates: ill., maps, 1 coat of arms, facsims., ports. ; 26 cm. ISBN: 0850336082.
Born, Anne & Kathy Tanner. Kingsbridge, Devon. Kingsbridge: Kathy Tanner (1986) 24p: ill, map. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/KIN 1/0001/BOR] [Index]
Davies, W. Notes on Kingsbridge documents, etc. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 33 (1901) pp. 651-656. [Index]
Dymond, Robert. Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke: an historical sketch. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 9, (1877) pp. 143-155. [Index]
Fairweather, J. Salcombe, Kingsbridge, and Neighbourhood, a descriptive and historical guide to all places of interest between Start Bay and the River Avon. (1897) [Westcountry Studies Library, Plymouth Library]
Fox, Sarah Prideaux Kingsbridge estuary with rambles in the neighbourhood. London: Hamilton Adams & Co.(1864). 172pp. [Index]
Fox, S.P. History of Kingsbridge, Salcombe and Neighbourhood. (c1870) [Westcountry Studies Library]
Fox, S.P. Kingsbridge and its Surroundings. Plymouth: The Author (1874) 272p: ill. [Index] [Westcountry Studies Library - B/KIN/0001/FOX]
Hawkins, Abraham. Kingsbridge and Salcombe, with the intermediate estuary, historically and topographically depicted. Kingsbridge, D. Southwood (1819) 210 pp.
Hawkins, A. A Narrative of the Persecutions agaist Dissenters in Kingsbridge. (1821) [Westcountry Studies Library]
Luscombe, E. Myrtles and Aloes: Or, our Salcombe sketch book; with a . . . discursive gossip about Kingsbridge by Francis Young. (1861) [Westcountry Studies Library, Plymouth Library] [Index]
Petter, H.M. and Chitty, A. The Architectural Heritage of Kingsbridge & District Then & Now. Dartington Amenity Research Trust, for the South Hams Society. 30p. [ISBN 0 9500410 6 8]
Saville, Alan. Kingsbridge nonconformists. Kingsbridge History Society (1994) 24p. [Westcountry Studies Library - p285/KIN/SAV]
Stevens-Cox, G. An Elizabethan Painting of Kingsbridge, Devon. (1972) [Torquay Library]
Tanner, Kathy. Bringing the railway to Kingsbridge (Cookworthy papers series no. 2). Kingsbridge: Cookworthy Mus. (1978) 4p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - p385/KIN/TAN]
Tanner, Kathy. Coaching days (Cookworthy papers series no. 3). Kingsbridge: Cookworthy Mus. (1978) 4p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - p388.341/KIN/TAN]
Tanner, Kathy and Len Fairweather. Old Kingsbridge. Kingsbridge: Cookworthy Mus. (1981) 32p: chiefly ill: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - pxB/KIN 1/0002/TAN
Trahair, Philippa. Stancombe: a Devon manor. Kingsbridge: Forever Publications,1995, 76 pp. ill., geneal. tables, maps, plans, ports.ISBN: 0952575604 (20).
Williams, K. and Reynolds, D. The Kingsbridge Branch: The Primrose Line, Oxford Publishing co. (1977). [ISBN 0860930017] [Devon FHS Library 942.35/KIN]
Wyatt, B. Kingsbridge and Neighbourhood. (1900)
The Blizzard in the South Hams of Devonshire: being a record of the great storm of Monday and Tuesday, March 9 and 10, 1891, Kingsbridge, Jas. Fairweather (1891) 64 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library p551.555/SOU/BLI]
Around Kingsbridge in old photographs from the Cookworthy Museum collection. Gloucester: Sutton,1988, 160 pp. chiefly ill., ports. ; 22 cm. ISBN: 0862994357 (pbk).
Listing of Tenants of the Earl of Devon. Kingsbridge History Society Recorder, vol. 4 (1990) pp. 15-19, vol. 5 (1991) 9-15.
Manuscript survey of the Manor of Kingsbridge, c 1640. [Lists approx. 60 tenants with details of land, tenements, gardes held, location, etc. - bookseller's catalogue quoted in Family Tree Magazine, May 2000, p.55.]
Map of the area from OldeMaps (circa 1950).
Lane, Alan. Three Killed in S. W Farmhouse, Devon Family Historian, vol. 121, (2007) pp.23. [Transcript of article in the Western Evening Herald, February 17 1943, about casualties of a bombing raid - surnames Bullen, Lane, Newell, Brown]
The William Cookworthy Museum (The Old Grammar School, 108 Fore Street, Kingsbridge, Devon - Tel: Kingsbridge 3235) has extensive holdings of the Kingsbridge Gazette, and are indexing all references to personal names in it. They offer a search service not only of this index, but also for other information about local families and local history.
Will of Nicholas Gillard (1816), transcribed by Jim Robbens
The wills of Thomas Burnell (1809), Elizabeth Higman (1810), Elizabeth Cranch (1817) and William Cranch (1821) transcribed by Kathryn Barnett.
Wills of John Hingston (1817) , Rachel Hingston (1824) and Catherine Weymouth (1838), transcribed by Ros Dunning.
Will of Thomas Clieffe (1658), transcribed by Ronnie Munday.
Graf, W.S. Kingsbridge Grammar School (founded 1670), Kingsbridge, Lugger Bros, Printers.
Kingsbridge History Society - an informative web-site, with full details of the details of the Society's publications. The secretary, Ann Lidstone, is pleased to answer questions, or to pass them on to others who can help.
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