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"MONKOKEHAMPTON is a parish and pleasant village to the east of the river Okement, 9 miles south-west from Eggesford station on the North Devon branch and about 7 north-west from Sampford Courtney on the main line of the London and South Western railway, 3 east-by-north from Hatherleigh and 8 north from Okehampton, in the Western division of the county, Black Torrington hundred, Hatherleigh petty sessional division, Okehampton union and county court district, rural deanery of Okehampton, archdeaconry of Totnes and diocese of Exeter. The church of All Saints is an edifice of stone in the Perpendicular style. . . . The register dates from the year 1653. The living is a rectory, net yearly value £90, with residence and 46 acres of glebe, in the gift of the Earl of Iddesleigh, and held since 1897 by the Rev. Jn. McGregor Ward M.A. of Trinity College, Dublin, and late chaplain R.N. The Bible Christian chapel, erected at a cost of £300, and opened in January, 1897, will seat 120 persons. The charities are of £3 yearly value. Churchstile belongs to The Misses Risdon; Fursdon, to Mr. Tristram Vanstone, jun.; and Stafford Beer, to Mr. W. Risdon. John Smyth Smyth-Osbourne esq. of Ash, Iddesleigh, is lord of the manor. Ernest Joseph Oldham esq. of Strawbridge, Hatherleigh; Miss Osbourne, of Holme Down; Mr. William Hill; B. C. Cleave esq. of Crediton; and The Misses Risdon are the chief landowners. . . . The chief crops are wheat, barley and oats. The area is 1,135 acres of land and 10 of water; rateable value, £989; the population in 1901 was 157." [From: Kelly's Directory of Devonshire, 1902]

A parish in Black Torrington Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter.

Church History

Williams, H. Fulford. Rectors of Monkokehampton. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 28 (1959-60) pp.183-186.

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1653 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1609 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 1754-1838, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1609-1811, Marriages 1613, 1635-1641, 1663-1702, 1714-1732, 1749-1811. (These entries are in part from Bishops' Transcripts.)

The Deanery of Okehampton: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Ashbury, Beaworthy, Belstone, Bratton Clovelly, Broadwoodkelly, Exbourne, Germansweek, Hatherleigh, Highampton, Honeychurch, Inwardleigh, Jacobstowe,Monkokehampton, Northlew, Okehampton and Sampford Courtenay. Photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850. CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2011). [Ashbury Mar: 1755-1810; Beaworthy Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1758-1837, Bur: 1760-1837; Belstone Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1835, Bur: 1813-1837; Bratton Clovelly Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Broadwoodkelly Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1839, Bur: 1813-1838; Exbourne Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Germansweek Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1756-1837, Bur: 1813-1840; Hatherleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Highampton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1747-1837, Bur: 1813-1839; Honeychurch Bapt: 1813-1842, Mar: 1757-1837, Bur: 1813-1842; Inwardleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1790-1837; Jacobstowe Bapt: 1813-1852, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1851; Monkokehampton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; Northlew Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Okehampton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Okehampton Independent Chapel Bur: 1829-1837; Sampford Courtenay Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837.]


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 Linda Garnett, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: PRs: Bapt. 1653-1982; Marr. 1653-1754, 1814-1838; Banns 1755-1788; 1824-1910; Burials 1653-1902, 1891 census, 1901 census on fiche.)


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

Probate Records

Summary of the will of Maria Mallet (1643), provided by Mike Mallett.

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