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Sheepwash, Devon

Historical Description

Sheepwash, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands on the river Torridge, 1½ mile N of Highampton, and 6 miles from Halwill junction on the L. & S.W.R. It was anciently called Sepawasse and Shipwash, was formerly a market-town, was nearly destroyed by fire in 1743, and has a post office under Highampton; money order office, Black Torrington; telegraph office, Hatherieigh. Acreage of parish, 2032; population, 370. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. The manor belongs to Lord Clinton. Upcott Avenell mansion belonged formerly to the Hollands, and with great portion of the land belongs now to the Coham-FIeming family. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £130 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church was rebuilt in 1880, and is a stone edifice in the Early English style. There are Baptist and Bible Christian chapels. A small trade is carried on in the manufacture of silk gloves.

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 parishSheepwash St. Lawrence 
Poor Law unionTorrington 

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 Sheepwash

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 Sheepwash from the following:


Online maps of Sheepwash 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 districtEX21
Post TownBeaworthy