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Malborough, Devon

Historical Description

Malborough, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands near the coast, 2 miles W by N of Salcombe, and 13 from Kingsbridge Road station on the G.W.R., and is partly in West Alvington parish. It has a post' office under Kingsbridge; money order and telegraph office, Sal-oombe. Malborough parish extends along the coast, between Bolt Head and Bolt Tail, and contains the hamlets of Coombe, Collaton, Rew, Boltbury, Hope, Batson, and Shadycombe. Acreage, 5091 of land and 420 of water; population of the civil parish, 2160; of the ecclesiastical, 860. The manors belong to the Earl of Devon. Ilton Castle was built in 1335 by Sir John Chiverstone, and is now reduced to some fragmentary remains. A submerged forest, yielding hazel nuts and leaves in good preservation, was discovered within a few feet of the surface of the sands, at two coves between Bolt Head and Salcombe. The catching of fish and of lobsters and crabs is carried on. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of West Alvington, in the diocese of Exeter. The church is Later English and large, has a lofty tower and spire visible at a great distance, and contains an elegant monument to Lord Kinsale. The perpetual curacy of Salcombe is a separate benefice. There are a Baptist chapel and a reading-room.

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 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 Malborough

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Malborough from the following:


Online maps of Malborough 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

Collaton (Malborough)
Coombe (Malborough)

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 districtTQ7
Post TownKingsbridge