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East Worlington, Devon

Historical Description

Worlington, East, a parish in Devonshire, 5 miles NE of Lapford station on the L. & S.W.R., and 6 E of Chulmleigh. It has a post office under Morchard Bishop; money order and telegraph office, Witheridge. Acreage, 5348; population of the civil parish, 419; of the ecclesiastical, 219. There is a parish council for East and West Worlington consisting of seven members. Roman coins and ums have been found, and remains exist of a curious ancient cross. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; gross value, £240 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Portsmouth. The church is a building of stone with an embattled tower, and was almost entirely rebuilt in 1879. There is a Bible Christian chapel.

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 Worlington St. Mary 
Poor Law unionSouth Molton 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1725.

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 Worlington


Church of England

St Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary, thoroughly restored and almost rebuilt in 1879 by the 5th Earl of Portsmouth at a cost of £1,000, is a building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch with a Norman doorway, and an embattled western tower containing 4 bells: there is a monument in the chancel to the members of the Nott family, dated 1704, and one in the nave to the Rev. Benjamin Clay M.A. a former rector, d. 1763.

Church of St. Mary, East Worlington, DevonNave of St. Mary, East Worlington, Devon


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 Worlington from the following:


Online maps of East Worlington 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:

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.

DistrictNorth Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX17
Post TownCrediton