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Combe Raleigh, Devon

Historical Description

Combe-Raleigh, a parish in Devonshire, in the Otter valley, 1¼ mile NNW of Honiton station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Honiton. Acreage, 1623; population, 243. The manor belonged formerly to the family of Baunton, and belongs now to the family of Bernard. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; value, £232 with residence. The church is of the 15th century, consists of nave, chancel, and north aisle, with western embattled tower, and has a handsome eastern memorial window. It was restored and reseated in 1886-87. The churchyard contains the tomb of John Shel-don, professor of anatomy in the Royal Academy. There is also a tablet in memory of him in the church. The parish has borne the names of Comb Mathew and Comb Baunton from Sir Mathew de Baunton, of the time of Henry III., and Combe Raleigh from its possessor, Sir John Raleigh, of the reign of Edward II.

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 parishComb-Rawleigh St. Nicholas 
Poor Law unionHoniton 

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 Combe Raleigh

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 Combe Raleigh from the following:


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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.

DistrictEast Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX14
Post TownHoniton