Broadhembury, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands in a fertile valley, 5 miles ESE of Collumpton station on the G.W.R., and 6 NW of Honiton, under which it has a post and money order office; telegraph office, Sidmouth Junction (R.S.) It was formerly a market-town. The parish includes also the hamlets of Collaton, Luton, Dulford, and Kerswell. Acreage, 4822; population, 601. The manor belonged anciently to the Tovington family, was given to Dunkeswell Abbey, and passed in the time of Elizabeth to the family of Drewe. A Cluniac abbey stood at Kerswell, and was subordinate to Montacute Priory in Somerset. An ancient entrenchment, called Hembury Fort, crowns a bold spur of high land, commands an extensive prospect, comprises an oval area engirt by three well-preserved lofty ramparts, seems to have been formed by the Britons, but was occupied by the Romans, and is thought by some antiquaries to have been the Roman station Moridunum. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £236 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. The church is a fine ancient edifice, consists of nave, chancel, and south aisle, with pinnacled western tower, and contains a neat oak screen, a Saxon font, and monuments of several families. There is also a Wesleyan chapel.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Broadhembury St. Andrew|
|Poor Law union||Honiton|
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Broadhembury from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Broadhembury (St. Andrew))
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Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Devon online:
Villages, Hamlets, &cCollaton (Broadhembury)
The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1564, with additions from the earlier visitation of 1531, is online.
The Visitations of the County of Devon, comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620, with additions by Lieutant-Colonel J.L. Vivian, published for the author by Henry S. Eland, Exeter 1895 is online.