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"WASHFIELD, a scattered village, picturesquely situated near one of the sources of the river Exe, two miles N.W. of Tiverton, has in its parish 503 souls, and 3235 acres of land, forming a detached member of West Budleigh Hundred. Jno. F. Worth, Esq., owns a great part of the soil, and is lord of the manor. He has a pleasant seat here, called Worth House, where his family has been settled since the thirteenth century. Messrs. J. and R. Melhuish, Thos. Daniel, W. Talley, and a few small owners have estates here. The Church (St. Mary,) is a Gothic structure, with a large tower and five bells. In the chancel are several neat mural monuments. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £19. 17s. 6d.,and in 1831 at £409, is in the patronage of J.F. Worth, and incumbency of the Rev. John Pitman, B.C.L., of Broadhempston. The glebe is 26A., and the Rectory House, occupied by the curate, is a good residence, with tasteful grounds. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in West Budleigh Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter, 2½ miles N.W. of Tiverton, which had 453 inhabitants in 1831.

Church History

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

Detailed description of the church, and its monuments, from the British Listed Buildings website.

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1554 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 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1800-1837 - for details see their book list.

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

Sidney Joseph Madge, Church-Wardens' Accounts of Washfield Parish, Devon, 1561-1903, analysed, etc., ff. 143. 1948.


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.


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

Sue Davey's Washfield pages provide historical information, and parish register extracts.

Turner, John Maurice. Washfield: the story of a Devonshire village. Tiverton: The Bookshop (1947) 76p, plates; ill. [Westcountry Studies - B/WAS 3/0001/TUR] [Index]

Land and Property

The Washfield Saga: Land Tenure & Family History in Devon, 1275-1800, from the Harvard Law School. (Relates to the Abbot/Beauchamp, Worth and Hobikyn/Juyl families.)

Military History

Washfield War Memorial - transcribed by John Williams.

Probate Records

Summary of the will of Henry Worth (1680), provided by Edna Marlow.

Transcript of the wills of Simon Worthe (1564) and Simon Worth (1778) provided by Edna Marlow.

Transcript of the will of John Coles (1919), provided by Colin Rosewell.

Alcock, N.W. An American Stray: The Inventory of Henry Worthe of Washfield, 1606. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 34, 7 (1981) pp.271-273.
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