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"A village & parish among the high moorland hills, 5 miles SSW of Lynton and E of Combe Martin has 446 souls and 4363 acres of land including the picturesque hamlets of Parracombe Mill, Heal, & Rowley. L. St. Aubyn, Esq. is lord of the manor & patron of the rectory valued in KB at £13-10s-10d & in 1831 at £259. The Rev. John Pike is incumbent and has 64a 3r 25p of glebe, and a handsome "Rectory House" built in 1827 at a cost of £1000... The Church is an ancient structure {St Petrock}with a tower & 3 bells. Sir. P.F.P. Acland, John Knott Esq. (owner of Rowley Manor) Mr. Richard Dovell, & a number of smaller owners have estates in the parish. At Holywell is a circular mound called "the Castle"." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Shirlwell Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and Diocese of Exeter, 12 miles N.E. of Barnstaple, which had 409 inhabitants in 1831.

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Bibliography

Blackmore, David. Lorna's Author: Annotated references to RD Blackmore and his works, Chester, Blackmore Books (2001) 31 pp.

Biography

Blackmore, David. Blackmores of Parracombe: The family of thirteen at Court Place, Chester, Blackmore Books (2001) 24 pp.
Blackmore, David. Lorna's Author: The life and character of R.D. Blackmore, Chester, Blackmore Books (2001) 32 p.
Blackmore, David. Lorna's Author: R.D. Blackmore the novelist, Chester, Blackmore Books (2001) 32 pp.
Blackmore, David. Lorna's Author: R.D. Blackmore the Victorian Christian, Chester, Blackmore Books (2001) 24 p.
Blackmore, David. Lorna's Author: Glimpses of R.D. Blackmore's personal life, Chester, Blackmore Books (2001) 19 p.
Blackmore, David. Lorna's Author: A sermon by the father of R.D. Blackmore, Chester, Blackmore Books (2001) 16 p.
Blackmore, David. Lorna's Author: Letters by R.D. Blackmore to his sister, Chester, Blackmore Books (2001) 108 pp. [ISBN 0-9540730-0-2]
Blackmore, David. Parracombe: Henry Blackmore's memoir: The Story of a Unit, Chester, Blackmore Books (2001) 52 p.
Blackmore, David. Lorna's Author: R.D. Blackmore the Devonian, The Author (2004)

Cemeteries

MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS and Incledon indexes - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.
Dwelly, E. (ed.). Devon M. I. vol. 1., being all the monumental inscriptions in the parishes of Countisbury, Brendon, Martinhoe, etc. pp. v. 226. E. Dwelly: Fleet, (1918). 8o. BL 9918.aaa.1. [SoG Library]

Census

Snetzler, M.F. North Devon Surname Index to the Census. Microfiche: M.F. Snetzler, Barcott, Buckland Brewer, Bideford, Devon EX39 5LN. [Covers 1881 census records for this parish]

Church History

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

Bulmer-Thomas, Ivor. Guide to St Petrock's, Parracombe. London (St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, Queen Victoria St., EC4V 5DE): Redundant Churches Fund (1976) 4 pp. 1 plan ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0950240230.
Notes on St Petrock's, Parracombe. London (St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, Queen Victoria St., EC4V 5DE): Redundant Churches Fund (1972) [8] pp. 1 ill., 1 plan. ISBN: 0950240206.
St. Petrock's church, Parracombe. [Parracombe]: [The Church] [1960?] 8p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - p726.5/PAR/St.P]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1687 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 1687, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1597, 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 1598-1837, Burials 1813-1838 - for details see their book list.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1597-1836 and Marriages 1598-1837.

A scanned copy of the Devon & Cornwall Record Society publication, The Registers of Parracombe, is provided by Nigel Batty-Smith.

Devon and Cornwall Record Society, The Register of Baptisms, Marriages & Burials of the Parish of Parracombe, Devon, 1597-1836. Transcribed by A. J. P. Skinner, with a preface by J. F. Chanter., pp. xv. 101. Exeter (1917). [With 1542 Lay Subsidy and list of rectors.]
Ferrar, R.J. Some Observations on the Parracombe Burials Register Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 34, 3 (1979) pp.108-110.

Description and Travel

Parracombe, Devon: village trail. [Parracombe?]: [s.n.] [1977?] [4]p: ill, map [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/PAR 7/1977/PAR].
The Parracombe scrap-book of H.R. Latham: newspaper cuttings and notes from 1890's to recent times. [Parracombe]: W. Delbridge (1994) [82]p. [Barnstaple Library - BN:PAR 7/0001/PAR]

Directories

Transcript of entry in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.

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Gazetteers

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

Genealogy

The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is David R Blackmore, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Transcripts of 1851,81,91 censuses; Poor Rates 1863,64,97,98; Transcript of PRs 1597-1836, Churchyard MIs.)

Blackmore, Douglas W. and Blackmore, David R. Lorna's Author: The paternal ancestry of RD Blackmore, Chester, Blackmore Books (2001) 20 pp.
Blackmore, David. Lorna's Author: R.D. Blackmore and his family people, Chester, Blackmore Books (2001) 24 p.
Blackmore, David. Blackmores of Parracombe: The migrants to USA, Chester, Blackmore Books (2001) 16 p.
Blackmore, David. Lorna's Author: The Maternal Ancestry of R.D. Blackmore, The Author (2003)
Webster, Garnett. The Carr Family of Parracombe and Funny Hill, Garnet Webster, Kenilworth, Binda NSW 2583, Australia.

History

Blackmore, David. Parracombe: Arthur Smyth's History of Parracombe 1876, Chester, Blackmore Books (2001) 40 p.

Names, Personal

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

Last updated: 2 Jun 2013 - Brian Randell

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