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Wembworthy, Devon

Historical Description

Wembworthy, a parish, with a small village, in Devonshire, near Eggesford station on the L. & S.W.R., and 4 miles SSW of Chulmleigh. It has a post office, designated Wembworthy; telegraph office, Eggesford railway station. Acreage, 2439; population, 370. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. Most of the land belongs to the Earl of Portsmouth. Eggesford House, the seat of the Earl, is a large and handsome mansion in the Elizabethan style. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £150 with residence. The church is a plain building of stone in the Gothic style, and has been restored. There is a Congregational chapel.

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 parishWembworthy St. Michael 
HundredNorth Tawton 
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 Wembworthy

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Wembworthy from the following:


Online maps of Wembworthy 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 districtEX18
Post TownChulmleigh