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"WIDWORTHY, a small village on a bold acclivity, 3½ miles E. by S. of Honiton, has in its parish 257 souls, and 1437 acres of land, rising in bold hills, and including part of the village of Wilmington, which is partly in Offwell parish . . . The manor of Widworthy was held by a family of its own name, till the reign of Edward I., when their heiress carried it in marriage to the Dinhams. It was purchased of the Chichesters by the Marwoods, who built the houses at Sutton and Cockshayes, now occupied by farmers. Sir Edward Marwood Elton, who was created a baronet in 1838, is now lord of the manor, and owner of nearly all the parish. He resides at Widworthy Court, which he has recently erected in the Doric order of architecture. . . . It stands on a commanding eminence, and the south and east fronts are encompassed by a beautiful terrace, 56 feet broad, and 163 feet long. The Church (St. Cuthbert,) is an ancient cruciform structure in the lancet Gothic style, with a tower and five bells. . . . The rectory, valued in K.B. at £11. 16s. 0½d., and in 1831 at £186, is in the patronage of Sir E.M. Elton, Bart., and incumbency of the Rev. Wm. Marwood Tucker, M.A., of Colchester. The Parsonage is a fine old residence, and the glebe is 30A. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Colyton Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter. (Peskett: Part of Widworthy village is in Offwell parish.)


MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS and Incledon indexes - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.
[Monumental Inscriptions (church)], Gent. Mag., vol. II, (1791) pp.609-10.

Church History

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

Jones, Winslow. List of rectors of Widworthy, Devon. Notes & Gleanings, v.4 (1891).
St Cuthbert, Widworthy, (n.d.). [S0G Library - DE Tracts]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1540 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 1540 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 1754-1954, Burials 1790-1837 - for details see their book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1544-1840, and Marriages 1548-1837.

Rectors of Widworthy, provided by John Williams.

Manuscript of a transcript of the parish register of Widworthy [1540-1840]. Manuscript (1950) 1 vol. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.3/WID/1540]
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.]


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 the Wilmington Time Team, a local history society based in the parish, who run a website describing their activities and available archives. Please visit their website for a description of information available before sending queries and lookup requests.

Chichester, Alex Palmer Bruce, Sir. History of the family of Chichester, from A.D 1086 to 1874 including the descents of the various branches settled at Raleigh, Youlston, Arlington, Widworthy, Calverleigh Hall, and elsewhere in Devonshire; also of the Chichesters, Marquesses of Donegal, and Barons Templemore. London: John Camden Hotten, 1871.
Skinner, A.J.P. Widworthy church. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 5:1, (1908) pp.13-15. [Isaack & Yonge pedigree, will, Colyton parish register extracts.]
Webber-Incledon, L.C.I. Chichester of Widworthy and of Virginia. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 4:3, (1906) pp.89-91.


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

Ramsden, J.V. A Parochial History of Widworthy. Typescript (1946). [Westcountry Studies Library]
Tucker, William John. A concise account of the parish of Widworthy in the county of Devon ... an answer to the queries ... by the Revd. R. Polwhele. Manuscript (1791) [12] leaves, [1] plate. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/WID 7/0001/TUC]
Haydon, E. and Harrop, J., (Eds.). Widworthy Manorial Court Rolls 1453-1637, Marwood Publications, Ford Farm, Wilmington, Honiton, Devon EX14 9JU (1997). [DFHS Library 942.35] [ISBN 095291490S] [Index]
Haydon, Edwin. Secular and Divine A History of Widworthy Parish in East Devon, Marwood Publications, Ford Farm, Wilmington, Honiton, Devon EX14 9JU (1997) 154p. [ISBN 0 9529149 1 3] [Index]

Military History

War Memorial at St. Cuthberts Church, Widworthy, transcribed by John Williams.

Names, Personal

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


Avery P.J. The History of Widworthy School 1893-1948 P.J. Avery Publishing, Raddons, Wilmington, Honiton, Devon EX14 9JR (2004). [ISBN 095479530-X]
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