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Challacombe, Devon

Historical Description

Challacombe, a parish in Devonshire, on the river Bray, near its sources, on the verge of the county at Exmoor Forest, 10 miles NE of Barnstaple railway station. Post town, Barnstaple. Acreage, 5499; population, 226. The manor and most of the property belong to Earl Fortescue. The surface is hilly, and to a large extent high wild moorland. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £200 with residence. Patron, Earl Fortescue. The church is in the Gothic style, with a tower, and was restored in 1850.

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


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

Ancient CountyDevon 
Ecclesiastical parishChallacombe Holy Trinity 
Poor Law unionBarnstaple 

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

Census Records

We have transcribed the following census returns for Challacombe:

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 Challacombe

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Challacombe from the following:


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

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

Visitations Heraldic

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.

DistrictNorth Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX31
Post TownBarnstaple