A parish in Bampton Hundred, under the Peculiar jurisdiction of the Prebendary of Uffculme, Salisbury Cathedral.
"UFFCULME, a decayed market town, in the picturesque valley of the small river Culm, 4 miles N.E. by N. of Collumpton, has in its parish 2011 inhabitants, and 6123 acres of land, including the hamlets of Craddock, Ashill, Stenehall, and Hayne, and many scattered houses. Uffculme had formerly several large woollen and worsted manufactories, and it still has one factory, . . a large brewery, belonging to Mr. W. Furze; several malting houses, and three corn mills. . . . Benj. W. Walrond, Esq., owns a great part of the parish, and resides at Bradfield Hall, a fine antique mansion with pleasant grounds . . . It remains nearly in its original form, and is one of the finest specimens of ancient domestic architecture in the county. . . . The other principal freeholders of the parish are John New, Richd. Hurley, Richd. John Marker, and Rd. Hall Clarke, Esqrs., the Rev. H.K. Cornish, and Messrs. C. Venn, W.A. Wood, Wm. Wyatt, and John Garnsey, . . . The Rev. Fredk. Browning, B.D., of Titchwell, Norfolk . . . has the patronage of the vicarage . . . now in the incumbency of the Rev. Geo. T. Smith, B.A. . . . The Church (St. Mary,) is a large and handsome structure, which has recently been restored, enlarged, and improved, and the tower and spire rebuilt, . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
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Finch, G. Uffculme records in the Wiltshire Record Office. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 35, (1982), 84.
Authers, W P. Diary of a Devonshire Squire, 1844, the Journal of John Were.. Clarke, Esquire of Bridwell, Uffculme. Tiverton: W P Authers (1982) 48p: ill. [ISBN 0950608750]
Blackmore Roy S. The Walrond Family and the Slave trade, Devon Family Historian, vol. 120, (2006) pp.4-5.
Short, Samuel. The diary (1705-1726) of Rev. Samuel Short, dissenting minister at Uffculme, Devon. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, vol. 23 (1947-1949) pp. 221-240, 251- 253. [Diary extracts, including details of baptisms, marriages and deaths in the nonconformis population of Uffculme and vicinity, with an introductory essay on the history of Nonconformity in Devon.]
Uffculme - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).
Chanter, J.F. The priory of Bodmescombe, Uffculme. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 8:2, (1914) pp.50-56. [Perceptory of Knights Hospitallers. See 8, pp.88, 128.]
Parish Registers going back to 1538 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 1538 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 1783-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.
Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):
Phillimore, W. P. W. (William Phillimore Watts). "Marriages at Uffculme, 1538-1837", In Devonshire parish registers, vol. 1. London: Phillimore & Co., 1909 (Phillimore's parish register series, vol. 112). [Full text]
List of the Contributors to the Uffculme Meeting in 1718. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, vol. 23, no. 8 (1948) [With a list of the Protestant Dissenting Ministers of Devon and Cornwall and their ordination dates from 1676-1725]
Taylor, Anthony. Culm Valley Album, Bradninch, A. Taylor (1987) 191 pp. [Illustrations: 1880-1987] [Westcountry Studies Library xB/CUL 1/1880/TAY]
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Barbara Roach, who invites queries and lookup requests.
Lane, John. The Cadbury family in Devon. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 12:8, (1923) pp.365-366. [Descent of Cadbury Brothers of Bournville.]
Reichel, Oswald J. The Walrond Papers. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 8:1, (1914) pp.24-26. [Compiled by Charlotte Walrond, (1913). Reviewed, Reichel.]
Uffculme houses Coldharbour Mill, a working wool museum, where the New World Tapestry exhibition is housed.
Weather Reports in the Uffculme Parish Registers, transcribed by Jean Harris.
Churley, P.A. Family Friction and Economic Ils in 19th Century Uffculme, Devon Family Historian, vol. 123, (2007) pp.14-20. [Dispute between Thomas Ballyman Chorley, b. Uffculme 1793, and his brother Robert, b. 1797. "The events, baldly, were a fierce quarrel over familt debt in 1830 that resulted in an accidental kiling, an attempted suicide and an actual suicide, and a subsequent charge of manslaughter."]
Hayward, John. (1862). A Paper on Bradfield House. Exeter Diocesan Architectural and Archaeological Society Trans. 2nd series, vol. 1 (1867) pp 79-84. [Index]
Hoskins, W.G. and H.P.R. Finberg. Devonshire Studies, London, Jonathan Cape, 1952, 470 pp.(See pp. 59-77.)
Payne, Gordon A. (ed.) Uffculme: a Culm valley parish. Uffculme Local History Group (1988) 116p: ill, maps. [ISBN 0951311007]
Thorne, Robert Linham. The history of the Culme valley and its villages: Hemyock, Culmstock, Clayhidon, Dunkeswell, Churchstanton, Uffculme, Wellington, R.L. Thorne (1951) 26 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library DEV/0001/THO]
Reichel, Oswald J. The "Domesday" hundreds of Devon: VII. and VIII. The Hundreds of Bampton and Ufculm, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 30, (1898) pp.434-457. [Index]
Wyatt, Peter (ed.). Uffculme: A Peculiar Parish: A Devon Town from Tudor Times". Uffculme Archive Group. Uffculme Devon EX15 3EP. (1997) 250p: ill [ISBN 0 952 9850 0 4] [Lookups-1] [Lookups-2]
Devon/Uffculme Parish History. Devon Family Historian, 40 (October 1986).
Parish of Uffculme. Devon Family Historian 54 (May 1990) pp. 10-16. (Transcripts of accounts of storms, etc., written during 1796-1817 by Jas Windsor, vicar.)
M., R.B. Protestation Oath Rolls, 1641. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, vol. 10 (1918- 1919) pp. 253-265.
Cullompton Register of Bastardy Applications 1850-1859, Exeter, Devon FHS (2004). [Includes parishes of Burlescombe, Churchstanton, Cullompton, Halberton, Kentisbeare, Silverton, Thorverton and Uffculme.] [Foreword] [Names included in the overall index published as "Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief" (CD 023).
An analysis of the Uffculme probate records, concentrating on the evidence they provide of early book ownership, is to be found in Exeter Working Papers in British Book Trade History 12.
Transcripts of the PCC wills of John Hewett (1851) and William Hewett (1853) by Diane Harris.
Transcript of the will of John Godfrey (1846) by Cathie Gilbert.
Transcripts of the wills of Henry Osmonde (1591), Andrew Apelin or Aplin (1706) and John Bampfield (1799) by Ros Dunning.
Finch, G. Uffculme Records in the Wiltshire Record Office. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries, vol. 35, no. 2 (1982) p.84,
Wyatt, Peter (ed.) The Uffculme Wills & Inventories 16th-18th cent. Devon & Cornwall Record Society (1997). [DFHS Library 942.35/UFF][ISBN 0901853402] [Lookups]
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