Chulmleigh, Devon

Historical Description

Chulmleigh, a small town and a parish in Devonshire. The town stands on a gentle eminence at the right side of the river Taw, on the Roman road from Exeter, 3 miles NE of Eggesford station on the L. & S.W.R., and 8 S by W of South Molton. It was the scene of a skirmish in 1645 between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians. It has a head post office, of the name of Chulmleigh, North Devon, a parish church, and two dissenting chapels, and is a seat of petty sessions. The church is Later English; consists of nave, chancel, and aisles, with a square massive tower; has an elegant carved oak screen, and a fine stone font; and was restored in 1880 and 1881. Fairs are held on Easter Wednesday and the last Wednesday of July. The parish comprises 8906 acres; population, 1318. Stone Manor belongs to the Earl of Portsmouth, and Elstone Manor to Earl Fortescue. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; value, £740. A cottage hospital was established in 1871.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Devon
Ecclesiastical parish Chulmleigh St. Mary Magdalene
Hundred Witheridge
Poor Law union South Molton

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

Findmypast, in association with the South West Heritage Trust, Parochial Church Council, and Devon Family History Society have the Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials online for Chulmleigh

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1564, with additions from the earlier visitation of 1531, is online.

A part transcript of The Visitations of Devon comprising the Herald's Visitations of 1531, 1564, and 1620, with additions by Lieut-Col J.L. Vivian.