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"LODDISWELL is a considerable village, pleasantly situated on rising ground on the western side of the vale of the Avon, 3 miles N.N.W. of Kingsbridge. Its parish contains 1013 souls, and 3568 acres of land, exclusive of the township of Buckland-Toutsaints, . . . The manor of Loddiswell is in two moieties, belonging to Mrs. E. Wise and Mr. Thos. Harris; that of Webbiton belongs to Sir W.P. Carew, and that of Staunton to the Rev. C. Osmond; but several smaller owners have estates here. . . . Yellow ochre is manufactured here, and in the parish is a copper mine, which was opened in 1825, . . . Blackdown hill, at the north end of the parish, commands extensive views, and has evident traces of an entrenchment. The Church (St. Michael,) is an ancient structure, with a tower and five bells. . . . The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £26. 0s. 2½d., and in 1831 at £286, with the curacy of Buckland-Toutsaints annexed to it, is in the patronage of the Executors of the Rev. C.I. Jones, and incumbency of the Rev. H. Marriott, M.A., who has 111 acres of glebe and a good residence. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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


Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]


Name index to the 1841 census, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.

Church History

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

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1559 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.

The members' area of the Devon FHS website makes available online images, not at present (Jan 2016) available elsewhere, of the Parish Registers covering Loddiswell Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1559-1690, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1653-1798, Baptisms and Burials: 1783-1812, Baptisms: 1813-1852, Marriages: 1757-1805, Marriages: 1806-1812, Marriages: 1813-1837, Marriages: 1837-1906, Banns: 1823-1915, Burials: 1813-1884, Burials: 1884-1915, Baptisms: 1853-1915.

Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).

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)]

Indexes to Baptisms (1740-1812), Marriages (1693-1753) and Burials (1699-1812), from the Parishes of the South Hams website.


Transcription of the entry in White's Devonshire Directory (1850) by Terry Partridge.

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


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


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

Parsons, Willis S. Jeffrey Parsons of Loddiswell, Devonshire, and Gloucester, Massachusetts, New England Hist. & Gen. Reg. 142, 1988, pp. 245-49. [17th c.]


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

Loddiswell County Primary School. History of Loddiswell. (1970) 67p. [Westcountry Studies Library - B/LOD/0001/LOD]
Loddiswell History Group. The Book of Loddiswell: Heart of the South Hams. Halsgrove Press, Halsgrove House, Lower Moor Way, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6SS (1999) 176p. [ISBN 1841140309] [Index]
Loddiswell History Group. Life Stories of Bygone Days, Corporate Books, The Old Vineyard, Loddiswell, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 4EF (2003) 149 pp. [ISBN 0954600509]
Michell, Christian. A Survey of Loddiswell Parish Based on Milles' Enquiries. Devon Historian 4 (1972) pp. 12-14.
Michell, Christian and Margaret Common. Staunton: a deserted South Hams village. Devon Historian 16, (1978) pp.21-24: map.
Saville, Alan. The past at Hatch Arundell. Photocopy (1984) [55]p: ill, maps. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx728.83/LOD/SAV]
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Probate Records

Will of the Reverend Thomas Freke (1834), provided by Ros Dunning.

Last updated - 1 Feb 2016 - Brian Randell

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