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"OFFWELL, a village and parish on the hills, 2½ miles E.S.E. of Honiton, near the source of a rivulet, has 438 inhabitants and 2206 acres of land. It includes part of Wilmington village, which is partly in Widworthy parish. . . . The parish now belongs to Sir. E.M. Elton, Sir E.S. Prideaux, Lord Ashburton, the heirs of the late Bishop of Llandaff, and a few smaller freeholders. West Colwell estate was purchased about 30 years ago, by the late Rt. Rev. Edward Copleston, D.D., who was enthroned Bishop of Llandaff, in 1828, and had a seat here. called Offwell House. He died in 1849, and was patron of the rectory, valued in K.B. at £14. 3s. 6½d., and in 1831 at £380. The Rev. J.G. Coplestone, M.A., is the incumbent, and has 80A. of glebe, and a large and handsome Rectory House, in the Elizabethan style, erected in 1845, at the cost of about £1800. . . . An ornamental tower, on Honiton hill, in this parish, was built by the late Bishop of Llandaff, in 1843, and commands extensive prospects. The Church (St. Mary,) has a tower and five bells, and is of the age of the 15th century. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Colyton Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter.

General Information

Biography

Alexander, Marc. To anger the devil, an account of the work of the exorcist extraordinary the Reverend Dr.Donald Omand. St. Helier: Neville Spearman (1978) 203p: plates. [ISBN 0859780341]

Cemeteries

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

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1551 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1551 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 1754-1837, Burials 1800-1837 - for details see their book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1551-1840, and Marriages 1554-1840.

Transcript of Offwell church register. Manuscript (1949) 1 vol. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.3/OFF/1551]
The Deanery of Honiton: CD-ROM CD041, Exeter, Devon FHS (2013). [Axminster Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Axmouth Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1603-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Chardstock Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Colyton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1538-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Combpyne Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1757-1836, Bur: 1796-1847; Cotleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Dalwood Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Farway Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Gittisham Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1800-1837; Hawkchurch Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Honiton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Honiton Ind, Bur: 1774-1837; Kilmington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Membury Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Monkton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1814-1842; Musbury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Northleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Offwell Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Seaton & Beer Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1839, Bur: 1813-1837; Shute Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Southleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Stockland Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1640-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Thorncombe Bapt: 1813-1837, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1841; Uplyme Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; Wambrook Bapt: 1813-1904, Mar: 1754-1836; Widworthy Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1954, Bur: 1790-1837.]

Gazetteers

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

Genealogy

The Online Parish Clerk for this parish is the Wilmington Time Team, a local history society based in the parish, who run a website describing their activities and available archives. Please visit their website for a description of information available before sending queries and lookup requests.

Wilkin, Walter Harold. Copleston of Offwell. Trans. Devon. Assoc. Vol 63 (1931) pp241- 254. [18th-19th c.]

History

Garey, Leslie. Offwell Village. Obelisk Publications (1990) 56p. [Lookups]
Ramsden, J.V. A parochial history of Offwell and Widworthy. Typescript (1946) [108] leaves, 15 plates: maps. [Westcountry Studies Library - sxB/OFF/0001/RAM]
A History of Offwell Church & Parish Debrett Ancestry Research Ltd, Department WP, PO Box 379, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9YQ (2009) 150pp.

Names, Personal

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

Schools

Avery P.J. The History of Widworthy School 1893-1948 P.J. Avery Publishing, Raddons, Wilmington, Honiton, Devon EX14 9JR (2004). [ISBN 095479530-X]
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