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"UGBOROUGH is a neat and pleasant village, on the slopes of an eminence, surrounded by higher hills, 2½ miles E. of Ivybridge, and N.N.E. of Modbury, and 1½ mile W. of Kingsbridge Road Station. Its parish contains 1532 souls, and 8659 acres of land, generally fertile, and extending westward to the river Erme. It includes several handsome mansions, and many respectable farm-houses, and the small hamlets of Ludbrooke, Cheston, Nilham, Wrangaton, Fileham, and part of Ivybridge. . . . Sir Walter Palk Carew, Bart., is now lord of [Ugborough] and other manors in this parish, which comprises 200A. of wood, 150A. of orchards, and 2631A. of open common, rising in bold hills to the north. S. Savery, G. Mitchell, W. Widdicombe, J. Lang, J.P. Sawyer, and J.L. Templer, Esqrs., have estates here, and part of the parish belongs to several smaller owners, mostly freeholders. . . . The Church is a large and handsome structure, with a lofty embattled tower, and a richly ornamented stone pulpit. It is in the perpendicular style of the 15th century, . . . The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £20, and in 1831 at £260, is in the patronage of the Grocer's Company, London, and incumbency of the Rev. John May, B.A., who has a good residence, and 70A. of glebe. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Ermington Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter. Avonwick, whose church was built in 1878, is split between the parishes of Diptford, South Brent, North Huish and Ugborough. Regarded as part of both the South Hams and the Dartmoor area.

Ivybridge was an ancient village, with a chapel of ease dependent on Cornwood, it was later created as a modern parish incorporating parts of Cornwood, Ermington, Harford and Ugborough.


Brown, Mike. Guide Notes to Monuments in Devon Churches & Graveyards: Harford, Ugborough. 24pp. [Williams, Prideaux, Fowell]
Brown, Mike. Ugborough (Pre-1950 Survey). In Dartmoor Region Monumental Inscriptions Indexes, Vol. 17. Dartmoor Press, PO Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL.


Transcripts of the 1841 and 1861 censuses, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.

Church History

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

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

Lake, P.M.B. A short history of Ugborough church. Typescript [1932?] 85p. [Westcountry Studies - p726.5/UGH/LAK]
Ugborough Church, Devon. [Ugborough?]: [The Church?] [1945?] 4p. 1ll. [Westcountry Studies Library - p726.5/UGB/UGB]
An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the Deanery of Plympton. with photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850 and The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868), CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2007). [Brixton: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Cornwood: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1838), Ermington: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1838), Bur (1813-1837 ), Harford: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1755-1837), Bur (1813-1838), Holbeton: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Ivybridge: Bapt (1835-1840), Mar (1835-1840), Bur (1836-1840), Kingston: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1836), Bur (1813-1837), Modbury: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Newton Ferrers: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1836), Bur (1813-1837)), North Huish: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Plympton St. Mary: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Plympton St. Maurice: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Plymstock: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Revelstoke: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Shaugh Prior: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1835), Ugborough: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1841), Bur (1813-1837), Wembury: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1612-1837), Bur (1813-1840), Yealmpton: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837)]

Church Records

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 1754-1841, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1538-1837 and Marriages 1538-1837.

Brown, Mike. The Ugborough parish chest. Vol. 1. Plymouth: Dartmoor Press (1997) 50p. [Registers, Tithe Apportionments, Churchwardens' Accounts, Rural Deans' Visitations, Terriers, Militia Records, Census Returns, Waywardens' Records, Receivers Accounts.]
Brown, Mike. The Ugborough parish chest. Vol. 2. Plymouth: Dartmoor Press (1997?) 50p. [Vestry Minutes, Overseers' Accounts, Workhouse Accounts & Minutes, Apprenticeships, Bastardy, Misc. Poor Law Documents]
Brown, Mike. The Ugborough parish chest. Vol. 3. Plymouth: Dartmoor Press (1997?) 50p. [Settlement & Removal Documents]
Nicolle, George. Ephemera from the Ugborough Parish Chest: The Churcheardens' Bills and Receipts, Devon Family Historian, no. 152, (2014) pp.4-5.

Description and Travel

Ugborough website.

Ivybridge Parish council website.


Transcription of the entries for Ugborough, and for Ivybridge 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 Online Parish Clerk for this parish is Lesley Donald. (Resources: PRs on fiche.)

Paul Sherriff offers lookups for the modern parish of Ivybridge, created in 1835. (Resources: PRs, Pigot's etc.)

Dartmoor Press Online Magazine's page for this parish, and for Ivybridge, with articles, transcriptions, publication details, etc. - highly recommended.

Holloway, Estelle. The Fowells of Fowlescombe. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 36:1, (1987) pp.29-32: geneal. table. [1300-1700]


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

Ugborough History Group - home page.

Brown, Mike. A Few Sheaves of Devon History [Transcripts]: Ugborough Vol. 1, Dartmoor Press (2001).
Brown, Mike. A Few Sheaves of Devon History [Transcripts]: Ugborough Vol. 2, Dartmoor Press (2001).
Brown, Mike. A Few Sheaves of Devon History [Transcripts]: Ugborough Vol. 3, Dartmoor Press (2001).
Van Der Kiste, John and Van Der Kiste, Kim. Ivybridge and South Brent Through Time, Amberley Publishing (2010) 96 pp. [ISBN-10: 184868733] [Contains 90 old photographs, plus 90 corresponding modern photographs of Ivybridge, South Brent, and their surrounding villages and hamlets.]
Martin, Ivor. The Book of Ivybridge, Halsgrove (2009) 160 pp.

Land and Property

Brown, Mike. Ugborough. In "Dartmoor Tithe Apportionments, Vol. 3". The Dartmoor Press (c1997) 16p.


Brief history of the Manor of Ludbrooke, by Ivan Edwards.

Allen, Helen. An Estimate or Survey of the Manor of Ugborough Taken (in Nov'r 1748) by Edm'd Andrews. Devon Family Historian 38 (April 1986) pp. 12- 14.
Lake, P.M.B. Ugborough manors. Typescript [1930?] 42p. [Westcountry Studies - px333.322/UGB/LAK]

Military History

Sullock, J.D.C. Militia of the South Hams - Part Two: Ashprington, Portlemouth, Chivelstone, Thurlestone, Ugborough, Modbury, Aveton Giffard, Harford, Kingston, Holbeton, Ermington, Ringmore and Bigbury.(1569AD). J.D.C. Sullock, Stockton, Cleveland (n.d.) 9p.

Names, Personal

Ugborough Vaccinator Register - 1899 - 1902, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D143). [Foreword]


Nicolle, George. The Blacksmiths of Ugborough Parish, Devon Family Historian, no. 125, (Feb 2008) pp.9-11.

Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

Dudley-Soper, H. Non-Native Poor at Ugborough, 1587. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 14 (1926-27) pp.134-138. [Raymond: Transcription of a document including the signature of all the 'gentilmen yemenes and inhabitances of Ugborough'.]

Probate Records

Transcript of the will of Servington Savery (1856) by Reg Rundle.


Verneulen, Barbara. Ugborough School Records 1868-1874, Devon Family Historian, vol. 138, (2011) pp.16-20.
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