Wembury, Devon

Historical Description

Wembury, a parish, with a village, in Devonshire, on the coast, at the mouth of the river Yealm, 5 miles from Plympton station on the G.W.R. Acreage, 3134; population, 5 24. There is a parish council consisting of eight members. Wembury manor belonged formerly to Plympton priory, and belongs now to the Cory family. Langdon Court is the chief residence. The scenery of the coast is romantic and wild. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; gross value, £280. Patrons, the Dean and Canons of Windsor. The church is a plain building of local stone in the Early English style, and contains memorials to the Calmady family.

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


Ancient County Devon
Hundred Plympton
Poor Law union Plympton St. Mary

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 Wembury

Directories & Gazetteers

Transcript of the entry for Wembury (St. Werburgh) from Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848


Online maps of Wembury are available from a number of sites:

Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
Google Streetview.
National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Devon online:

Villages, Hamlets, &c

Down Thomas
Knighton (Wembury)

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.