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Shobrooke, Devon

Historical Description

Shobrooke, a parish, with a village, in Devonshire, 2 miles NE of Crediton station on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post office under Crediton; money order and telegraph office, Crediton. Acreage, 4259; population of the civil parish, 632; of the ecclesiastical, 579. There is a parish council consisting of nine members. Shobrooke Park belongs to the Shelley family, who are lords of the manor. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £400 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Exeter. The church is a building of stone about 200 years old, in the Early English style, and was thoroughly restored and enlarged in 1879. The tower is Norman, and is much older than the church. T. Westcote, the antiquary, was a native; and the Bodleys, of whom was Sir T. Bodley, the founder of the Bodleian library at Oxford, were at one time residents.

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 
HundredWest Budleigh 
Poor Law unionCrediton 

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 Shobrooke

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Shobrooke from the following:


Online maps of Shobrooke 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.

DistrictMid Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX17
Post TownCrediton