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"WILLAND, a small parish and village, in the picturesque valley of the small river Culm, near the Bristol and Exeter Railway and the junction of the Tiverton branch, 2½ miles N. by E. of Collumpton, and 6 miles E. of Tiverton, has only 345 inhabitants, and about 950 acres of land, belonging to C. and E. Salter, the Rev. G.T. Smith, Benjamin Walrond, George Wood, E. Broom, T.B. Rowe, and several other freeholders. The Church (St. Mary,) is an ancient structure, with a tower and three bells, and a beautiful screen. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £7. 10s. 5d., and in 1831 at £90, is in the patronage of C. and E. Salter, and incumbency of the Rev. John Taylor, who is also vicar of Llanarthney. The parsonage is a small cottage, and the glebe is only 1A. 1R. 1P. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Halberton Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter. Many inhabitants of Muxbere in Halberton used the Willand Parish Church.


MIs for this parish are included in the Incledon index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.

Church History

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

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1670 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 1670, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1607, 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 1754-1837, Burials 1800-1837 - for details see their book list.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1607-1837, and Marriages 1607-1635, 1667-1837. (These entries are in part from Bishops' Transcripts.)

Description and Travel

Willand Parish website.

Conservation Area Appraisal for Gazetteers

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 Willand from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.

Japes, F.E. History of Willand: village and church. [Willand]: [Parish Church] (1969) 51p: ill, maps. [Westcountry Studies Library - B/WIL/0001/JAP]


C., J.W. Willand Manor Rents. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 21 (1940-41) pp.182-184. [Raymond: Rental, 1760, giving names of tenants.]

Probate Records

Transcript of the will of Henry Salter (1830) by Ros Dunning.

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