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"STOCKLAND is a large scattered village and parish on the bold range of hills between the Otter and Yarty valleys, about 6 miles N.E. of Honiton, N.W. of Axminster, and S.E. of Chard. It contains 1328 inhabitants, and 5850 acres of land, and with its adjoining parochial chapelry of Dalwood, formed a detached member of Dorsetshire till 1842, when it was added to Devon by act of Parliament. It has a cattle fair on the Wednesday after June 11th, and comprises many scattered farmhouses, &c. The Rev. H.W. Marker is lord of the manor; but W. Tucker, Esq., Robert Davy, Esq., Josiah Anstice, Esq., Thomas Culverwell, Esq., the Rev. Wm. Michell, and many smaller owners, have estates in the parish. The CHURCH (St. Michael,) is a fine antique fabric, with a tower and six bells. . . . The Rev. H.R. Surtees is the present vicar, and has a good residence and 1¼A. of glebe. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Whitchurch Hundred, originally in the Archdeaconry of Dorset and the Diocese of Bristol. It was transferred to the Diocese of Exeter in 1836 and to Devon in 1844.

Church History

Hicks, J., (Ed.). Church history: St Michael and All Angels, Stockland, Typescript (n.d.).[SoG DE tracts]
Wilkin, W.H. The Vicars of Stockland, 1560-1918. Trans. Devon Assoc. 71 (1939) pp.267-278.

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1640 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): Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1640-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

Bishop's transcripts for Stockland 1731-1836 are available as LDS microfilm (Film 1239246 Items 1-4) of the original held in Wiltshire County Record Office.

Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).

Bowers, Ron. Parish of Saint Michael and All Angels, Stockland: marriage index 1746- 1812. Typescript (1983) 14p. [Westcountry Studies Library - px929.3/STO/STO]
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.]

Description and Travel

Stockland web-site - local information, links, photographs.


Transcription of Stockland entry in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850, provided by Sheila Jones.


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


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

Land and Property

Extracts from Return of Owners of Land (1873), provided by Sheila Jones.

Names, Personal

Names from Kelly's 1923 Directory, transcribed by Sheila Jones.

Stockland Apprentices Register - 1803-1830, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF A402). [Foreword]


Apprentice Registers, Stockland 1803-30, Exeter, Devon FHS (2007). [Listing date, name of apprentice, sex, age, parents' details, residence and details of master.] [Names included in the overall index published as "Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief" (CD 023).

Probate Records

Dalwood & Stockland wills, from British Record Society Index Library, Vol. 22: Dorset wills & administrations, part 1 and Vol 53: Calendars of wills and administrations relating to the county of Dorset, provided by Jean Harris.

Transcripts of the wills of Willyam Manfield 1598, Austis [Anstis] Michell 1599 and Robert Michell 1628, provided by Kathleen Noye.

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