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Mamhead, Devon

Historical Description

Mamhead, a parish in Devonshire, under Great Haldon Hill, 3½ miles W by S of Starcross station on the G.W.R., and 4 E by N of Chudleigh. Post town, Exeter; money order and telegraph office, Dawlish. Acreage, 1182; population, 158. Mamhead House belonged once to the Balles; was the seat of Sir Robert Newman, who fell at the Battle of Inkerman; is still the seat of his family; is an edifice in the Tudor style; and stands on a charming spot commanding a fine sea view. An obelisk of Portland stone, 100 feet high,erected in 1743 by Mr T. Balle, crowns the summit of a wooded height on the Mamhead grounds. Many spots in the parish are richly picturesque. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £95 with residence. Thechurch is good, contains some monuments, and has a tower.

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 unionSt. Thomas 

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 Mamhead

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 Mamhead from the following:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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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.