A parish in Beaminster Hundred, under the Peculiar jurisdiction of the Prebendary of Chardstock in Salisbury Cathedral, 4 1/2 miles S.W. of Chard, that had 1357 inhabitants in 1831. According to Peskett, Chardstock was in Dorset until transferred to the county of Devon in 1896, but remains in the Diocese of Salisbury. Chardstock All Saints (in Smallridge) is a modern parish (whose registers began in 1840) which also includes part of Axminster. Wambrook was a chapelry of this parish.
Tunstall, Joan & Parminter, H.M. Record of the inscriptions on the gravestones in Chardstock churchyard, 1971-72. (1972) 17p. [Westcountry Studies Library - 929.5/CHA/REC, SoG Library DE/M16]
Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Marriages 1597-1748.
Noble, Arthur H. The Parish Registers of Chardstock. Trans. Dev. Assoc. 100 (1968) pp.227-229.
Chardstock Marriages, 1813-1837. [Devon]: Devon Family History Society.
Chardstock Burials, 1813-1837. [Devon]: Devon Family History Society (2000).
The Online Parish Clerk for this parish is Situation Vacant who invites queries and lookup requests. The Dorset OPC scheme can be found here.
Bryan Morgan has access to a local expert with extensive files on the history of Smallridge and its families, and is willing to pass on emailed queries.
Pulman, George P.R. The Book of the Axe. Bath: Kingsmead Reprints (1969) pp. 562 et seq. (Reprint of 3rd edition, 1875.) [Lookups]
Wood, P.J. and Carter, R.W. A History of the Parish of Chardstock, (1999). [DFHS Library 942.35/CHA] [ISBN 0953504103]
Extracts from Return of Owners of Land (1873), provided by Sheila Jones.
Names from Kelly's 1923 Directory, transcribed by Sheila Jones.Find help, report problems, and contribute information.
Last updated: 13th March 2010 - Nigel Batty-Smith
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