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Widecombe in the Moor, Devon

Historical Description

Widecombe-in-the-Moor, a parish in Devonshire, in a rich valley between Dartmoor Hills, 5 miles from Ashburton station, and 7 from Bovey station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Ashburton; money order and telegraph office, Ashburton. It is divided into the two ecclesiastical parishes of Widecombe and Leusden. Acreage, 10,786; population of the civil parish, 744; of the ecclesiastical, 366. There is a parish council consisting of nine members. A cattle fair is held on the second Tuesday in September. The surface exhibits the characteristic features of Dartmoor, and has many bold and lofty rocks. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £220 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. The church is ancient but handsome, and from its size and beauty is termed the Cathedral of the Moors. The tower, which resembles that of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford, is said to have been built by successful tin miners in the 16th century. There are Wesleyan and Calvinistic chapels. South of the parish are the remains of a British village, and northwards are two logan or rocking stones.

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 parishWidecombe-in-the-Moor St. Pancras 
Poor Law unionNewton-Abbott 

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 Widecombe In The Moor

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 Widecombe in the Moor from the following:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Devon online:

Villages, Hamlets, &c


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.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtTQ13
Post TownNewton Abbot