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Rockbeare, Devon

Historical Description

Rockbeare, a parish, with the villages of Rockbeare and Marsh Green, in Devonshire, 1¼ mile SE of Broad Clist station on the L. & S.W.R., and 6 miles ENE of Exeter. It has a post office under Exeter; money order office, Honiton Clist; telegraph office. Broad Clist. Acreage, 2334; population, 451. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. The manor belonged at one time to Canonsleigh Abbey. Rockbeare House and Rockbeare Court are chief residences. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; gross value, £120 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Exeter. The church is ancient but good, has a pinnacled tower, and was thoroughly restored in 1885 at a large cost. A mission church was erected at Marsh Green in 1895.

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 parishRockbeare St. Mary 
HundredEast Budleigh 
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 Rockbeare

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Rockbeare from the following:


Online maps of Rockbeare 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:

Villages, Hamlets, &c

Marsh Green

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.

DistrictEast Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX5
Post TownExeter