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Rose Ash, Devon

Historical Description

Rose Ash, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands 6 miles ESE of South Molton, and 4 from Bishops Nympton station on the G.W.R., and was formerly called Ralph Esse. The parish contains also the hamlet of Yard and part of Ashmill. It has a post office under South Molton; money order and telegraph office, South Molton. Acreage, 5058; population of the civil parish, 444; of the ecclesiastical, 449. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £350 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1889-92, except the tower and NW wall. The old roof of the N aisle has been preserved, also the ancient screen and the font. The living has been in the possession of the Southcomb family since 1675.

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 parishRose-Ash St. Peter 
Poor Law unionSouth Molton 

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 Rose Ash

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 Rose Ash from the following:


Online maps of Rose Ash 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 districtEX36
Post TownSouth Molton