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Mariansleigh, Devon

Historical Description

Mariansleigh or Mary Ansleigh, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands on an eminence near the river Mole, 3½ miles SSE of South Molton station on the G.W.R., and 7 ENE of South Molton Road station on the L. & S.W.R. The parish contains also the hamlets of Als-weir and Little Silver, and its post town and telegraph office is South Molton. Acreage, 2030; population, 201. A sawing and turning mill is at Little Silver. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; value, £180 with residence. The church is ancient, and consists of nave, N aisle, and chancel, with a tower containing five bells. There is a Wesleyan chapel at Alsweir.

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 parishMari-Ansleigh 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 1727.

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 Mariansleigh


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is an ancient building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 5 bells, a new treble having been added in 1894, at a cost of £110, which included the cost of rehanging and adding a chiming apparatus: the font, constructed of granite, and probably of Norman date, has a square panelled basin: the east window is a memorial to W. T. Shackleton esq. d. 1882, and there is another, erected in 1900, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Hunt, formerly of this parish: in the window of the north aisle are some remains of ancient glass: the church affords 150 sittings.

St. Mary, Mariansleigh

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 Mariansleigh from the following:


Online maps of Mariansleigh 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 districtEX36
Post TownSouth Molton