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Martinhoe, Devon

Historical Description

Martinhoe, a parish, with picturesque wooded valleys and bold cliffs, in Devonshire, on the coast, 4 miles W of Linton, and 16 NE of Barnstaple station on the G.W.R. and L. & S.W.R. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Parracombe, under Barnstable. Acreage, 2583; population, 165. The manor was originally called Martin's Hoe or Martin's Height, took its name from the family of Martyn, who were anciently its owners, went from them to Mauger St Albyn, and remained with his descendants till 1422. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; value, £100 with residence. The church is ancient but has been carefully restored, has a small tower, and contains several monumental tablets.

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 parishMartinhoe St. Martin 
Poor Law unionBarnstaple 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Martinshoe 1633-1812, Devonshire is available to browse online.

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 Martinhoe

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Martinhoe from the following:


Online maps of Martinhoe 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 districtEX31
Post TownBarnstaple