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South Tawton, Devon

Historical Description

Tawton, South, a parish, with two villages and six hamlets, in Devonshire, on the NE border of Dartmoor, 4 miles from North Tawton station on the L. & S.W.R. Acreage, 10,988; population. 1264. The manor, with Oxenham House, belongs to the Hoare family. Limestone is largely worked. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter, with South Zeal annexed; gross value, £300 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Canons of Windsor. The church is an old building of granite, and has been restored. An ancient market cross stands in the village of South Zeal, where are also a chapel of ease and Wesleyan and Bible-Christian chapels.

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 parishSouth Tawton St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionOakhampton 

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 South Tawton

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for South Tawton from the following:


Online maps of South Tawton 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:

Villages, Hamlets, &c

Ash (South Tawton)
Widden Down

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.

DistrictWest Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX20