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Moreleigh, Devon

Historical Description

Moreleigh or Morley, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands 2½ miles E of the river Avon, and 5½ SSW of Totnes station on the G.W.R.; was once a market-town; and gives the title of Earl to the family of Parker. Post town, Totnes. Acreage of the civil parish, 1186; population, 102; of the ecclesiastical, 113. Stanborough Fort, an ancient strength which gave name to the hundred of Stanborough, stood here. The parish is a resort of sportsmen. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; gross value, £145 with residence. The church is Early English, has a partially developed fresco on S wall, is of the time of Edward I., and was restored in 1877.

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 parishMoreleigh All Saints 
Poor Law unionTotnes 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1695.

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 Moreleigh


Church of England

All Saints (parish church)

The church of All Saints is a building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 3 bells, with legends in Old English characters, the last two being invocations to S. Peter and S. Thomas: there is a fine old Norman font, and portions of a mural painting still exist: the church was restored in 1877, and is said to have been built by Sir Peter Fitzacre, who having killed the parson of Woodleigh, in a quarrel, was ordered by the Pope to build the present church as a penance: there are 70 sittings.

All Saints, Moreleigh Nave of All Saints, Moreleigh

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 Moreleigh from the following:


Online maps of Moreleigh 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.

DistrictSouth Hams
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTQ9
Post TownTotnes