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Culmstock, Devon

Historical Description

Culmstock, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands on the river Cuime, with a station on the G.W.R., 179 miles from London, and 7 NE of Collumpton, It was once a market-town, and still has a fair on 21 May. The parish includes also the hamlets of Northend, Nicholshayne, Prestcott, and Upcott. There is a post and money order office under Collumpton; telegraph office, Uffculme. Acreage, 3657; population, 854. The manor belonged before the Conquest to the bishops of the diocese. Culmstock Beacon, on a lofty hill, is a well-preserved ancient structure. A considerable woollen trade was formerly carried on, but has died away. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; value, £290 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. The church is of the 14th century; consists of nave, chancel, and aisles, with western embattled tower, and contains a small piscina and a fine altar-piece. It was restored in 1887. A yew-tree grows from the wall of the tower, at about 4 feet from the em-battlements. A Wesleyan chapel is in Culmstock village, and a Baptist one at Prestcott.

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 parishCulmstock All Saints 
Poor Law unionWellington 

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 Culmstock

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 Culmstock from the following:


Online maps of Culmstock 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

North End

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.

DistrictMid Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX15
Post TownCullompton