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Chivelstone, Devon

Historical Description

Chivelstone, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands near Start Bay, 5½ miles SE of Kingsbridge, and 13 from Dartmouth station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Kingsbridge; money order and telegraph office, Frogmore. The parish includes also the hamlets of Ford, Allington, and Prawie, and extends southward to the sea, between Start and Prawie Points. Acreage, 2715 of water, and 97 of tidal water and foreshore; population, 436. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the vicarage of Stoken-ham, in the diocese of Exeter. The church stands conspicuously on a hill, is ancient, and contains a carved screen, and a pulpit formed out of one block of wood. There is a small Congregational chapel at Ford.

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 parishChivelstone St. Sylvester 
Poor Law unionKingsbridge 

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 Chivelstone

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 Chivelstone from the following:


Online maps of Chivelstone 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:

Villages, Hamlets, &c

East Alvington
Ford (Chivelstone)

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.

DistrictSouth Hams
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTQ7
Post TownKingsbridge