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Holne, Devon

Historical Description

Holne, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands near the river Dart, on the SE border of Dartmoor Forest, 4 miles W of Ashburton station on the G.W.R., and 10 Wof Newton Abbot, with a post office under Ashburton; money order and telegraph office, Ashburton. Acreage of parish, 5101; population, 279. Holne took its name from the Anglo-Saxon Holeyn or Hollen, signifying "holly." The manor belonged formerly to Buckfast Abbey. Holnechace extends considerably into Dartmoor Forest, and belongs to the Dawson family. The scenery within the parish, particularly along the Dart, is highly picturesque and romantic, and offers great attractions to tourists. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; gross value, a£190 with residence. The church is of the 14th century, and very good; consists of nave, chancel, transepts, and aisles, with embattled tower; and has a carved pulpit, a carved screen, and a rood loft. The late Charles Kingsley was born in the parish in 1819. A stained-glass window was erected to his memory by public subscription in the N transept of the parish church in 1894.

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 
Poor Law unionTotnes 

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 Holne

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 Holne from the following:


Online maps of Holne 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.

DistrictSouth Hams
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTQ13
Post TownNewton Abbot