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Wembury, Devon

Historical Description

Wembury, a parish, with a village, in Devonshire, on the coast, at the mouth of the river Yealm, 5 miles from Plympton station on the G.W.R. Acreage, 3134; population, 5 24. There is a parish council consisting of eight members. Wembury manor belonged formerly to Plympton priory, and belongs now to the Cory family. Langdon Court is the chief residence. The scenery of the coast is romantic and wild. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; gross value, £280. Patrons, the Dean and Canons of Windsor. The church is a plain building of local stone in the Early English style, and contains memorials to the Calmady family.

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 parishWembury St. Werburgh 
Poor Law unionPlympton St. Mary 

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 Wembury

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Wembury from the following:


Online maps of Wembury 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

Down Thomas
Knighton (Wembury)

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 districtPL9
Post TownPlymouth