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Lustleigh, Devon

Historical Description

Lustleigh, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands 4 miles SSE of Moreton Hampstead, and has a station on the G.W.R. 218 miles from London. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Newton Abbot. Acreage of the civil parish, 2978; population, 405; of the ecclesiastical, 399. There is a parish council. The surface exhibits much picturesque and romantic scenery, and has many fine rocks and crags. Lustleigh Cleave is a widely secluded vale flanked by hills which almost hide it from the search of travellers, and overhung by crags of fantastic form. One of the crags looks like a ruined edifice, is covered with ivy, and bears the name of Raven's Tower; and another has a shattered character, is a retreat of foxes, and bears the name of Foxes' Yard. There are some Druidical remains anda logan stone. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £127 with residence. The church is old but good; contains a carved oak screen, a Norman font, and monuments of the Prouzes or Dinhams of the time of Edward II. or Edward III.; and has at the threshold of its S porch an inscribed stone of the Romano-British period. Sir W. Prouz built the church and was buried in it in 1329. There are a Baptist chapel and a meeting-house for the Brethren.

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 parishLustleigh St. John the Baptist 
Poor Law unionNewton-Abbott 

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 Lustleigh

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Lustleigh from the following:


Online maps of Lustleigh 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.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtTQ13
Post TownNewton Abbot