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"YARNSCOMBE, a village and parish, 5 miles N.E. of Great Torrington, and 7 miles S. by E. of Barnstaple, contains 512 souls, and 3047 acres of land. The Trustees of the late Lord Rolle are lords of the manor of Great Yarnscombe; and J.H. Furse, Esq.&, owns that of Little Yarnscombe. J.P. Blew, Esq.&, and several smaller owners, have estates in the parish. The Church (St. Andrew,) is an ancient structure, with several old monuments. The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £7. 11s. 11d., and in 1831 at £132, is in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor, and incumbency of the Rev. John K. Fletcher, D.D., of Callington, Cornwall. The glebe is 30 acres, and the Parsonage is a small stone residence. The tithes were commuted in 1840, the vicarial for £136. 10s., and the rectorial for £152. The latter belong to the Trustees of the late Lord Rolle. There was anciently a chapel at Little Yarnscombe. Here is a small Wesleyan Chapel. . ." [From White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Devon (1850)]

A parish in Hartland Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple and Diocese of Exeter, 6 miles N.E. of Great Torrington, that had 498 inhabitants in 1831.


MIs for this parish are included in the Incledon and NDA North Devon indexes - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.


Snetzler, M.F. North Devon Surname Index to the Census. Microfiche: M.F. Snetzler, Barcott, Buckland Brewer, Bideford, Devon EX39 5LN. [Covers 1841, 1861, 1871 and 1881 census records for this parish]

Church History

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1653 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 1653 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): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838 - 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 1606-1812, Marriages 1606-1812. (These entries are in part from Bishops' Transcripts.)
Deanery of Barnstaple - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837 and Burials 1813-1837 - CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2005). [Index of Atherington: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1800-1837), Barnstaple: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Bishops Tawton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Chittlehampton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Filleigh: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Fremington: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), High Bickington: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Horwood: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1654-1837), Burials (1675-1837), Huntshaw: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Instow: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Landkey: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Newton Tracey: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1570-1837), Burials (1725-1837), Pilton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Swimbridge: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Tawstock: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Westleigh: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1838) [Lookups]


Transcript of complete entry in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.

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.


The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is William Cooke, who invites queries and lookup requests.

Downs, Dorothy Ruth Miller. Death and Taxes, Devon Family Historian 110, (May 2004), p.4. [Fisher Family]
Richardson, W.H. Pedigree of the family of Clarke of Yarnscombe, Co. Devon, and of Waste Court, Abingdon, Co. Berks., from the records of the College of Arms, Genealogist 2, 1878, pp. 169-72.


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

Kennard, A.H.W. Yarnscombe A.H.W. Kennard, 26 Birkett Way, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks HP8 4BJ. [1955] 8p. [Westcountry Studies Library - B/YAR 7/0001/KEN]
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