Romansleigh (popularly Rumsleigh), a parish with a village, in Devonshire, 4 miles SSE of South Molton, and 6½ E by N of South Molton Road station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town, South Molton, North Devon. Acreage, 2502; population, 165. The manor belongs to the Acland family. Beacon Hill rises to an altitude of 900 feet above sea-level. The Roman road from Stratton to the vicinity of Tannton goes along the parochial boundary, and is here called Romansleigh Ridge. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £140 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1867 and the tower in 1887, when three new bells were added, making a peal of six bells. A chalybeate spring is on its N side, and remains of an ancient cross are in the churchyard.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Romansleigh St. Rumon|
|Poor Law union||South Molton|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register dates from the year 1539.
Church of England
St. Rumon (parish church)
The church of St. Rumon is a building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch, organ chamber and an embattled western tower containing 6 bells: the chancel contains two memorial windows, and the remains of a screen were existing here in 1822: the church was rebuilt in 1868 from designs by E. Ashworth esq. architect, of Exeter, and restored in 1885-7, when the tower was built: new chancel seats were erected in 1896, as a memorial to the Rev. Richard White Atkins M.A. rector 1884-95: in the churchyard are the remains of an old stone cross, and on the north side of the church is St. Rumon's well.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Romansleigh from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Romansleigh (St. Rumon))
Online maps of Romansleigh are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Devon online:
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.