"MALBOROUGH is a small village, on an eminence, partly in West Alvington parish, about two miles from Salcombe Haven, and four miles S.S.W. of Kingsbridge. Its parish contains 1951 inhabitants, and 4890 acres of land, bounded on the south by the English channel, between Bolt head and Tail, and including the small hamlets of Coombe, Collaton, Rew, Bolbury, Batson, and Shadycombe; and the small town, sea-port, fishing station, and chapelry of SALCOMBE, which is pleasantly and picturesquely situated on the western side of the estuary, . . . Salcombe has now about 1500 inhabitants, though it had only 972 in 1841. [It has] three ship building yards, many good shops and neat houses, and several handsome marine villas. It is the out-port of Kingsbridge . . . . The imports are chiefly coal, culm, groceries, foreign fruit, &c.; . . . . The exports are corn, flour, malt, cider, potatoes, slate, &c. . . . The Earl of Devon, . . . is lord of the manors of Malborough, Salcombe, Ilton, East Sewer, Bolbury, Batson, Collaton-Prawle, Hope, &c.,, but part of the parish belongs to W.R. Ilbert, Esq., Miss Hawkins, A. Pinwell, Esq., Miss Burnell, Mr. Bastard, J. Netherton, Esq., Miss Spencer, and several smaller owners. . . . Malborough Church is a large ancient structure, in the perpendicular style, with a tower and six bells, and crowned by a spire, which may be seen at a great distance. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
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A parish in Stanborough Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter. According to Peskett, it was a chapelry of West Alvington; included Salcombe chapel of ease for which there are separate baptism registers from 1802, later a modern parish; also included West Portlemouth. Regarded as part of the South Hams area.
The old parish of Malborough was the major settlement, with a small port on the Kingsbridge Estuary at Salcombe. That port grew into the now well-known town and holiday resort, leaving Malborough as just a small village on the road between Salcombe and Kingsbridge.
Information about the Salcombe Maritime and Local History Museum can be found at the Devon Museums web-site.
Overbecks Museum, South Devon, London, National Trust (1989) 16p: ill. [Plymouth Library 728.8OVE]
Burner, Bill. Blue Skies, Cokkworthy Museum (1979) 31 pp. [Licensee of the Victoria Inn, Salcombe - a personal history from c1902 of schooling, places and people, sports, lifeboat service, etc.]
Chapman, Eunice. Presumed dead: the true story of an unsolved mystery: an autobiography. London: Warner Books (1992) 232p. [ISBN 0751507741]
Green, Dick. Cove Family in the S. Hams, Devon Family Historian, vol. 131, (August 2009) pp.37. [Charles Cove, buried 1674, Malborough Church]
Salcombe burials 1879-2010 are included in DeceasedOnline's database (subscription).MIs for Malborough Church (All Saints) are included in the Devon FHS and Incledon indexes, and those for Holy Trinity, Salcombe, are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.
Burial records for two cemeteries in Salcombe are available (for a fee) from Deceased Online.
A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for Holy Trinity Church, Salcombe, is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 8 of Devon Memorial inscriptions (DE/M23), and for All Saints Church, Malborough in Vol. 9.
Collins, Lyn. Salcombe churchyard, South Devon: monumental inscriptions. Kingsbridge: Lyn Collins (1989)  leaves: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - px929.5/SAL/COL]
Collins, Lyn. All Saints parish church, Malborough, South Devon: monumental inscriptions. Kingsbridge: Lyn Collins  32p. ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.5/MAL/COL]
Collins, Lyn. Malborough and Salcombe: names of those who died at sea extracted from monumental inscriptions. Kingsbridge: Lyn Collins (1990) 4p. [Westcountry Studies Library - px929.5/MAL/COL]
Collins, Lyn. Deaths at Sea. Devon Family Historian 61 (1992) pp.18-19.
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 Malborough Village, Salcombe and Inner Hope section of the 1841 census for Malborough, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.
Transcription of the 1861 Census, RG9/1424 Enumeration District 1, Enumeration District 8 and Enumeration District 9 - by Kathryn Barnett
Malborough - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).
Burns, Francis V. From the rock to the hill, a short history of Methodism in Salcombe 1807- 1978. Ashburton: Henry Bradford (1938) 30p. Westcountry Studies p287.1/SAL/BUR]
Taylor, John Andrew Wemyss. A short history of the church in Salcombe. Salcombe: J.A.W.Taylor (1988) 18p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - p726.5/SAL/TAY]
Transcripts of the Malborough Parish Registers going back to 1558, and of the Salcombe Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1750, 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 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837, together with Salcombe Baptisms 1813-1839 - for details see their book list.
Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):
Indexes to Malborough All Saints baptisms (1840-1869), banns (1837-1900) and burials (1801-1866), from the Parishes of the South Hams website.
Indexes to Salcombe Holy Trinity baptisms (1802-1867) and banns (1845-1932), from the Parishes of the South Hams website.
Hooper, Michael R. The Baptist Church, Budleigh Salterton - A record of Burials and Epitaphs at the Church, since its formation in 1844. [DFHS Library]
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)]
Salcombe Information Centre - Official Tourist Information web site for the town of Salcombe.
Salcombe Online - Tourism Web-site.
Salcome Map and Photographs (archived copy) in Dick Bolt's Devon England Supplement Page.
Hope Cove - description, history and photographs from Devon Online.
Adey, W.T. All About Kingsbridge and Salcombe. 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]
Barber, Chips. Around & About Salcombe. Pinhoe, Exeter: Obelisk Publications. [ISBN 0946651760].
Chard, Judy. Salcombe. Devon Life vol. 8 no. 66 (1971) pp.40-41; ill.
Field, T. Sunny Salcome and District, South devon - Official Guide. [DFHS p942.35/SAL]
Luscombe, Ellen. Myrtles and aloes: or, our Salcombe sketch book. Kingsbridge: G.P.Friend (1861) viii, 152p, plates: ill. [Index]
Marshman, E.P. Salcombe, South Devon: the official guide of the Salcombe Town Association and of the Urban District Council, Salcombe, The Author  64p: ill, map. [Westcountry Studies Library sB/SAL 3/1920/MAR]
Pearson's gossipy guide to South Devon including Torquay, Teignmouth...Salcombe etc, London, C. Arthur Pearson  180p: ill, map. [Westcountry Studies Library sDEV/1900/PEA]
Merrell's guide: Salcombe, Kingsbridge, South Devon (4th ed.), Salcombe, Merrell  46, p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library pB/SAL 3/1920/MER]
Salcombe and district, South Devon, South Croydon, Abbey Publ.  40p: ill, folded map. [Westcountry Studies Library sB/SAL 3/1935/SAL]
The official guide of Salcombe, South Devon (5th ed.), [Salcombe Town Association] [1951?] 108p: ill, maps. [Westcountry Studies Library sB/SAL 3/1951/OFF]
Copy provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.
Scanned images of 1923 Kelly's Directory entries for (Malborough) and (Salcombe), from the Parishes of the South Hams websitee.
Davey, F.A., Watts, S.G. Westward Look: Devon Pioneers and Pilgrims in the New World. Town & Country Press Ltd., 42 Rectory Lane, Bracknell, Berks. (1970) 56p. ["Roger Clapp of Salcombe" - pp.41-42]
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
Salcombe 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 Genealogy section of the Salcombe History Society website provides carefully indexed records and photographs, from a great variety of sources, concerning over three thousand individuals.
Pillar, Leslie W. Some Notes on the Fairweather Family of Horsecombe in Malborough, Devon, (2000). [DFHS p929.2/FAI]
Pillar, L. W. The Fairweather Family of Salcombe, Devon, The Author (2003). [DFHS p929.2/FAI]
General historical and descriptive information, area map from 1765, details about administrative boundaries, etc., about Malborough and Salcombe from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.
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.
Clamp, Arthur L. Hope Cove and its people remembered. [Plymouth]: A.L.Clamp [1985?] 24p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - pxB/MAL 3/0002/CLA]
Clamp, Arthur L. The loss of the Herzogin Cecilie on the Ham Stone, 25th April, 1936, Plymouth, A.L. Clamp (1985) 16p: chiefly ill. [Westcountry Studies Library px623.8885/SAL/CLA]
Clamp, Arthur L. Hope Cove and its people remembered - part 2. [Plymouth]: A.L.Clamp w 24p: ill. [Westcountry Studies - Library pxB/MAL 3/0002/CLA]
Cresswell, John P. Loss of the "Herzogin Cecilie". Artscape Publications (1994) 28p: ill, maps. [ISBN 1870738071]
Eriksson, Pamela. The Duchess: the life and death of the Herzogin Cecilie. London: Secker & Warburg (1958) 247p, plates: ill.
Evans, Elwyn Ll. A naval interlude: the wreck of the Ramillies, 1760. Hollingbourne: L.E.Evans (1988) 12p. maps. [Westcountry Studies Library - p623.8885/SAL/EVA]
Fairweather, Len. Salcombe remembered. Westway (1980) 24p. of ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - pxB/SAL 3/1900/SAL]
Fairweather, James. Salcombe jubilee celebration: being a detailed account of the festivities on Tuesday June 21st, 1887, Kingsbridge, The Author (1887) 61 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library s394.4/SAL/FAI]
Fairweather, James. Salcombe jubilee celebration: being a detailed account of the festivities on Tuesday June 21st, 1887, Ringmore Books, 18 Portway Close, Plymouth PL9 8BA (2001). [New extended edition]
Fairweather, J. Salcombe, Kingsbridge, and Neighbourhood, a descriptive and historical guide to all places of interest between Start Bay and the River Avon. (1897) 156p: ill, fold map. [Westcountry Studies Library - B/SAL/1884/FAI]
Fox, S.P. History of Kingsbridge, Salcombe and Neighbourhood. (c1870) [Westcountry Studies 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]
Karkeek, Paul Q. Sir Edmund Fortescue and the Siege of Fort Charles. Trans. Devon Assoc. vol. 9, (1877), pp. 336-350. [Index]
Karlsson, Elis. Mother sea, London, Oxford U. P. (1964) xiii, 264p: plates. [Notes Includes chapter on the wreck of the "Herzogin Cecilie"] [Torbay Library A623.8]]
Le Cheminant, Richard. A present from Hope Cove. [London] [30 Elsenham St., Southfields, SW18 5NS]: [R. le Cheminant] (1986) 62 pp. ill., 1 facsim., maps, 1 port.
Parkinson, Sonia F.G. Salcombe Yacht Club: the first hundred years. Salcombe: [The Author] (1995) 44p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - p797.12406/SAL/PAR]
The story of Hope Cove and surrounding district. South Huish Women's Institute (1982) 25p, plates: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/SOU 3/0001/STO]
Sullock, Jason, (Ed.). Farms of the South Hams, Part 1: Bigbury, Churchstow, Ringmore, Malborough, Stockton, [J.D.C. Sullock]  5 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library px631/SOU/FAR]
Darch, Malcolm D. The Salcombe and Hope Cove lifeboat history. Salcombe: RNLI, Sal. & Hope (1984) 48p: ill, ports. [Westcountry Studies Library - 614.84/SAL/DAR]
Drake, M. The shipper's wife. Devon Life vol. 1 no. 3, (1965) pp.28-29; ill. [Wreck of Herzogin Cecilie]
Harding, B.J. Salcombe Ships and Their Captains, Devon Family Historian, No. 73, (Feb. 1995), pp. 13-14.
Murch, Muriel and David Murch and Len Fairweather. Salcombe harbour remembered. Plymouth: P.D.S. Printers (1982) 40p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - px387/SAL/MUR] [Index]
Murch, Muriel and David, and Len Fairweather. Sail and Steam in Salcombe Harbour. Plymouth: Westway (1987) 40p: ill. [ISBN 0901474231] [Index]
Murch, Muriel and David. Two 19th Century Salcombe Master Mariners/Shipowners. Maritime South West. No. 11 (1998) pp.145-166. [Richard Heath Sladen (1816-1906), Frederick William Hill (1825-1905)]
Murch, Muriel, Murch, David and Fairweather, Len. The American forces at Salcombe and Slapton during World War 2, [Salcombe?]: [The authors?], (1984) 40p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library px940.540973/SOU/MUR]
Murch, P.D. Trading vessels of Salcombe haven, 1820-1890. Exeter Papers Economic Hist. 4, (1971) pp.101-129; ill, map.
Pearce, Peter. Salcombe war window, [Salcombe?], Harpocean (1989) 92p: ill. [World War 2. 1939-1945] [ISBN 1853080241] [Westcountry Studies Library sB/SAL 3/1939/PEA]
Pearce, Peter. Salcombe war window. Book 2, Churchstow, Studio Press (1991) 81: ill. [ World War 2. 1939-1945] [Westcountry Studies Library sB/SAL 3/1939/PEA]
Salcombe 1943-1945, US Navy, Public Relations  29p: ill. [World War 2. Operations by US Navy. 1943-1945] [Westcountry Studies Library sx940.545/SAL/UNI]
Malborough contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.
The wills of Andrew Cranch (1634) and William Cranch (1635) transcribed by Kathryn Barnett.
The will of Richard Goodman (1701) transcribed by Ros Dunning.
Hovell, Dorothy. The end of an era: commemorating the closure of Salcombe Girls School in Devon, [Salcombe?], The Author (1976) 23p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library p372/SAL/HOV]
Salcombe History Society website.
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