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East Portlemouth, Devon

Historical Description

Portlemouth, East, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands on a hill at the E side of Salcombe Haven, opposite Salcombe, and 5½ miles S by E of Kingsbridge station on the G.W.R.; is a scattered place, commands beautiful sea views, and communicates with Kingsbridge daily by passage and ferry boats. Post town, Kingsbridge; money order and telegraph office, Salcombe. The parish contains also the hamlets of Rickham and Holset. Acreage, 1981; population, 310. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. An entrenchment is here, and is supposed to have been used in assaulting Salcombe Castle. A coastguard station is at Rickham. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; gross value, £370 with residence. Patron, the Duchess of Cleveland. The church is Later English, with a tower, and was thoroughly restored in 1881.

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 parishEast Portlemouth St. Onolaus 
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 East Portlemouth

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 East Portlemouth from the following:


Online maps of East Portlemouth 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


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 districtTQ8
Post TownSalcombe