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"HUISH, (SOUTH) a parish of scattered houses, from 4 to 5 miles S.W. of Kingsbridge, has 368 souls, and 1150A. 2R. 14P. of land, bounded by the beach of Bigbury Bay, and including the hamlets of Silverhill, Galmpton, and Hope Cove, the latter of which is a small fishing village, where lodging-houses are about to be erected for the accomodation of sea bathers, by the Earl of Devon, who owns most of the parish, and is lord of the manors. The Church stands in a deep valley, and is an ancient edifice, with a tower and four bells. The perpetual curacy is annexed to the vicarage of West Alvington, and the tithes were commuted in 1840, the vicarial for £90, and the rectorial for £260 per annum. The latter belong to the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury, but are leased to W. R. Ilbert, Esq., At Galmpton is a small chapel and school, belonging to the Plymouth Brethren. The church has 16s. yearly from the churchwardens of Aveton-Gifford, but the donor is unknown." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Stanborough Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter. Regarded as part of the South Hams area.


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

A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Church of St Andrew is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 8 of Devon Memorial inscriptions (DE/M23).

Collins, Lyn. The church of St. Andrew, South Huish: monumental inscriptions. Friends of Friendless Churches (1989) [3] leaves: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - px929.5/SOU/COL]
Webb, W. (transcr.) The Church of Saint Andrew , South Huish, Devon ... monumental inscriptions. Typescript (1993) 4p. [Westcountry Studies Library - px929.9/SOU/WEB]
Webb, W. (transcr.) South Huish (St Andrew). Devonshire monumental inscriptions, vol. 10 (1993). [SoG DE/M 25]


Name index to the 1841 and the 1861 census, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1566 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 1654 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 1754-1925, Burials 1813-1856 - for details see their book list.

The members' area of the Devon FHS website makes available online images, not at present (Jan 2016) available elsewhere, of the Parish Registers covering South Huish Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1564-1675, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1666-1795, Baptisms and Burials: 1795-1815, Marriages and Banns: 1754-1812, Marriages: 1813-1837, Baptisms: 1813-1915, Marriages: 1838-1907, Marriages: 1910-1915, Banns: 1824-1912, Burials: 1813-1914.

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

Among the records for this parish provided by Devon Heritage are transcripts of Burials for 1837-1928.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1576-1837 Marriages 1566-1664, 1676-1837.

Indexes to Baptisms (1813-1839), Banns (1837-1924) and Burials (1813-1928), from the Parishes of the South Hams website.

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)]

Description and Travel

Barber, Chips. Around & About Hope Cove and Thurlestone. Pinhoe, Exeter: Obelisk Publications. [ISBN 1899073663].


Transcription of the entry in White's Devonshire Directory (1850) by Terry Partridge.

Transcription provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.


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.

The South Hams Genealogical Information Resource website offers lookups in their records concerning this parish.


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

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

Clamp, Arthur L. Hope Cove and Its People Remembered, P.D.S. Printers Ltd., Faraday Road, Plymouth, Devon (n.d.) 24 pp. [Index]
Clamp, Arthur L. Hope Cove and Its People Remembered: Part 2, P.D.S. Printers Ltd., Faraday Road, Plymouth, Devon (n.d.) 24 pp. [Index]
Le Cheminant, Richard. A Present From Hope Cove. Priv. pub., London (1986). 62p. [Index]
Le Cheminant, Richard. Hope Cove - the history of a Devonshire fishing village. Priv. pub., London (1999) 93p. [Available from the author, 102 Lowestoft Road, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR31 6NB.] (A revised and expanded version of "A Present From Hope Cove". Includes 1841 and 1881 censuses.) [Index]
Shrosbree, Kathleen. The story of South Huish, Galmpton and Hope Cove. South Huish Women's Institute [195-?] 4p of plates.
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]
Your Devon? - South Huish. Devon Family Historian. No. 84 (Nov. 1997) pp. 25- 26.

Names, Personal

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

Probate Records

Wills of Edward Cranch (1650) and Thamzin Cranch (1656), transcribed by Kathryn Barnett.

Inland Revenue wills of Elizabeth Jarvis (1824), William Jarvis (1825), William Jarvis (1826), Abraham Jarvis (1830), John Jarvis (1843), and Anne Jarvis (1853), transcribed by Melba Jarvis Miller.

Will of George Lindon (1783), transcribed by Jane Sweet.

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