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Whitchurch, Devon

Historical Description

Whitchurch, a parish in Devonshire, 1½ mile SE of Tavistock station on the G.W.R. and main line of the L. & S.W.R., with a post office under Tavistock; money order and telegraph office, Tavistock. It contains part of Horrabridge village. Acreage, 6206; population of the civil parish, 1144; of the ecclesiastical, 917. There is a parish council consisting of eleven members. Holwell House, Grenofen, and Walreddon are chief residences. The surface includes romantic scenery, and Whitchurch Down commands a fine view with good golf links. There are several lead and tin mines in the district, but they have not been worked for I some years. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; gross value, £197 with residence. The church is Later English, and was restored in 1878. There is a Bible Christian 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 parishWhitchurch St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionTavistock 

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 Whitchurch

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Whitchurch from the following:


Online maps of Whitchurch 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.

DistrictWest Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtPL19
Post TownTavistock