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Charleton, Devon

Historical Description

Charleton, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands on a sea creek, 2 miles SSE of Kingsbridge, and US by E of Kingsbridge Road railway station, and is a straggling place in two parts called East and West. Post town, Kingsbridge. Acreage, 1094; population of the civil parish, 295; of the ecclesiastical, 515. The ecclesiastical parish includes also the hamlets of Goveton, Lidstone, and part of Frogmore. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £393 with residence. Patron, Countess Compton. The church is ancient, consists of nave, chancel, south transept, and north aisle, with a tower, and has an ancient carved screen. There is a mission chapel at Goveton, and a mission room at Frogmore. Charleton Bridge, built in 1864, and rebuilt in 1873, consists of four arches, and has a swing bridge to allow navigation in the creek. Charleton, Berks. See CHARLTOX.

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 parishCharleton St. Mary 
Poor Law unionKingsbridge 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1560.

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 Charleton


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is an edifice of stone, chiefly in the Decorated style, restored, except the tower, in 1849-50, at a cost of £1,300, and consists of chancel, nave, transept, north aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower, with turret, formerly containing 4 bells, 3 of which have been recast and 2 new ones added at a cost of £250: the pulpit and font are of Caen stone: the chancel retains sedilia and piscina, and there are several tablets to the Twysdell family, and a memorial erected to the late Capt. J. S. Twysden R.N. in 1912, by his widow: the stained east window is a memorial to the Rev. Thomas Twysden M.A. vicar 1842-88: there are also two small memorial windows to Mrs. Twysden, and a large tablet in the south transept to the Rev. Thomas Whinyates, a former rector: there are 350 sittings.

St. Mary, West Charleton Nave of St. Mary, West Charleton

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 Charleton from the following:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

Villages, Hamlets, &c


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.