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"WOODLEIGH is a parish and small agricultural village, with a station in the parish, on the Kingsbridge branch of the South Devon section of the Great Western railway, and is 3½ miles north from Kingsbridge, in the Southern division of the county, hundred of Stanborough, petty sessional division of Stanborough and Coleridge, Kingsbridge union and county court district, rural deanery of Woodleigh, archdeaconry of Totnes and diocese of Exeter. The church of St. Mary is an ancient edifice of stone, in the Perpendicular style. . . . the church plate includes a silver flagon presented by Lady Amy Fortescue in 1686, weighing 4 pounds 12 ounces, which has the Fortescue and Courtenay arms emblazoned upon it: the church was thoroughly restored in 1891 at a cost of £1,200, under the direction of Mr. G. H. Fellowes Prynne, architect: there are 170 sittings. The register dates from the year 1635. . . . The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats and pasture. The area is 2,646 acres of land and 9 of water; rateable value £2,313; the population in 1901 was 198." [From: Kelly's Directory of Devonshire, 1902]

A parish in Stanborough Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter. Regarded as part of the South Hams area.


Name indexes to the 1841 and the 1861 census, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.

Church History

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

Bide, Jean. The Churches of the Woodleigh Deanery [West Devon] (1990). [Devon FHS Library p942.35/WES]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1635 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 - for details see their book list.

The members' area of the Devon FHS website makes available online images, not at present (Jan 2016) available elsewhere, of the Parish Registers covering Woodleigh Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1635-1812, Baptisms: 1813-1914, Marriages and Banns: 1757-1812, Marriages: 1813-1836, Banns: 1823-1912, Burials: 1813-1915.

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

Parish Church Registers for Christenings 1635-1838, Marriages 1663-1836, and Burials 1663-1812 are at the Devon Record Office.

Indexes to Baptisms (1685-1812), Baptisms (1840-1894), Banns (1838-1916), Marriages (1664-1754) cand Burials (1685-1812), from the Parishes of the South Hams website.

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

Deanery of Woodleigh Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837 and Burials 1813-1988 - CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2006). [Index of Aveton Gifford: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Bigbury: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837), Buckland-Tout-Saints: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1818-1822), Burials (1813-1988), Charleton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1780-1812), Chivelstone: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1800-1837), Churchstow: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1848), Dodbrooke: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), East Allington: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), East Portlemouth: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Kingsbridge: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Kingsbridge Ind.: Burials (1793-1897), Loddiswell: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Malborough: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Moreleigh: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Ringmore: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1764-1814), Salcombe: Baptisms (1813-1839), Sherford: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1800-1837), Slapton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), South Huish: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1856), South Milton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1838), South Pool: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1838), Stokenham: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Stokenham Ind.: Burials (1795-1836), Thurlstone: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1838), West Alvington: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Woodleigh: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837)]


Transcription of the entry in White's Devonshire Directory (1850) by Terry Partridge.

Copy 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.


The South Hams Genealogical Information Resource website offers lookups in their records concerning this parish.

Fice, John. The Woodleigh Militia and the Pasmore Family, Family Tree Magazine, vol. 4, no. 11, 12,pp.32,33; 15-16.


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

Probate Records

Inland Revenue will of John Bath (1820), transcribed by Melba Jarvis Miller.

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