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"ST. NICHOLAS' PARISH includes the large village of SHALDON, and most of the adjacent village of RINGMORE, on the south side of the mouth of the river Teign, opposite the sea port and bathing place of Teignmouth, 5½ miles E. of Newton-Abbot and Bushell. It comprises only 580 acres, but had 1175 inhabitants in 1841, including 538 in Shaldon hamlet, which has since greatly increased in population and buildings. The church stands in Ringmore, which is partly in the parish of Stokeinteignhead. St. Nicholas's parish has now about 1500 inhabitants, most of whom are in SHALDON, a handsome village and bathing place, picturesquely seated on the coast of the English channel, opposite Teignmouth, and partly under the lofty promontory of bold red rocks, called the Ness. Shaldon is connected with Teignmouth by a ferry, and also by the longest Bridge in England, which crosses the Teign by 35 arches, and is 1671 feet in length. . . . Having a fine beach and much romantic scenery in its vicinity, it has become a favourite sea bathing place, during the last twenty years, in which many neat and tasteful houses, &c., have been erected on the Green, on the Marine terrace, in Clifford place, and in Bridge street, as well as in the pleasant snburb of Ringmore. . . . St. Nicholas' Church, from which the parish has its name, was rebuilt by the Carew family about 180 years ago, and stands in a picturesque situation, overlooking the estuary of the Teign, about half a mile W. of Shaldon. It is a small plastered building, with a tower containing one bell, and crowned by a short wooden spire." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
Also known as St Nicholas Shaldon, St Nicholas Ringmore, St Nicholas Teignmouth, and Teignmouth St Nicholas.

General Information

Archives and Libraries

Information about Teign Heritage Centre.


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

Church History

Shaldon St Nicholas and Shaldon St Peter - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1654 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): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

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

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): St Nicholas Ebenezer Independent Chapel Christenings 1824-1836.

Burials 1837 - 1856, 1857 - 1876 and 1877 - 1894, provided by Devon Heritage.

Clergy at St Nicholas Church, Ringmore, Shaldon, provided by John Williams.

Bucklow, H. (transcr.). St. Nicholas, Ringmore, baptism register, 1813-1905. Typescript [1981] 100p. [Westcountry Studies Library - f929.3/RIN/1813]
Bucklow, H. (transcr.). St. Nicholas, Ringmore, burial register, 1813-1981. Typescript [1981] 141p. [Westcountry Studies Library - f929.3/RIN/1813]
Bucklow, H. (transcr.). St. Nicholas, Ringmore, parish register, 1616-1812. Typescript [1981] 157p. [Westcountry Studies Library - f929.3/RIN/1813]
Bucklow, H. (transcr.). St. Nicholas, Ringmore, marriage register 1813- 1837. Typescript [1982] 47p. [Westcountry Studies Library - f929.3/RIN/1813]

Description and Travel

Shaldon Village website - general information.

Taylor, Marjorie. Shaldon in the autumn. Devon Life vol. 9 no. 75 (1972) pp.29.


Transcript of entry (under the name St Nicholas) in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.


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


This parish 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.


Mole, Tim. Shaldon 1939-1945. Chudleigh: Orchard Publications (1995) 42p: ill. [ISBN 1898904149]
Mole, Tim. Old Shaldon: a photographic collection. Newton Abbot: Orchard (1995) 36 pp. all ill., 1 facsim., ports. ; 21 cm. ISBN: 1898964157 (pbk).
Stirling, D.M. A History of Newton-Abbot and Newton-Bushel, and also illustrations ... of the neighbourhood, including Teignmouth, Torquay and Chudleigh. Newton-Abbot: W. Forord (1830) pp. xi. 179. 1830. 8o. BL 10352.a.37.
Revised list of buildings of ... historic interest ... District of Teignbridge, Devon: town of Teignmouth and parish of Shaldon. London: The Department of National Heritage (1996) [8], 193p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx720.9/TEI/DEP]
Shaldon jubilee salute. [Shaldon]: Irene Arnott [1977] 20p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - pxB/SHA 3/0001/SHA]
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