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Slapton, Devon

Historical Description

Slapton, a parish, with a village, in Devonshire, on the coast, 8 miles from Kingsbridge station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Kingsbridge; money order and telegraph office, Torcross. Acreage, 3344; population, 603. There is a parish council consisting of nine members. Slapton Ley is a reedy freshwater lake, 2 miles long, abounding with fish and fowl, and separated from the sea by only a ridge of sand. The parish is a resort of sportsmen, and has a hotel on the beach. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; gross value, £140. The church is of the 13th century. There is a chapel for the Brethren. Flavel, the distinguished nonconformist, was for some time a resident.

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 parishSlapton St. Mary 
Poor Law unionKingsbridge 

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 Slapton

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Slapton from the following:


Online maps of Slapton 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.

DistrictSouth Hams
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTQ7
Post TownKingsbridge