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Monkleigh, Devon

Historical Description

Monkleigh, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands on high ground above the river Torridge, 3 miles NW by W of Torrington, and 4½ S by E of Bideford station on the L. & S.W.R., belonged to Montacute monastery, and took thence the name of Monkleigh by corruption of Monk Leasne. It has a post office under Torrington; money order and telegraph office, Torrington. Acreage of parish, 2171; population, 429. The manor passed by purchase after the Reformation to the Coffins. Annery House, a fine mansion overlooking the picturesque village of Wear Gifford, belonged formerly to Chief Justice Sir W. Hankford. There is a large earthenware manufactory. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; value, £150 with residence. The church is ancient, in fair condition, has a S aisle belonging-to the Annery estate and rebuilt in 1829, and contains a screen, two brasses, a monument to Sir W. Hankford, and a tablet to Major A. S. Willet, who served and died in the Crimea. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 parishMonkleigh St. George 
Poor Law unionBideford 

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 Monkleigh

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 Monkleigh from the following:


Online maps of Monkleigh 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 districtEX39
Post TownBideford