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Yarcombe, Devon

Historical Description

Yarcombe, a parish, with a village, in Devonshire, 5 miles W by S of Chard station on the G.W.R. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Chard. Acreage, 5238; population of the civil parish, 647; of the ecclesiastical, 625. The manor was given by William the Conqueror to St Michael Abbey in Normandy, passed to the priory of Otterton, and belongs now to the Drake family. Sheafhayne House is the chief residence. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; gross value, £480 with residence. Patron, the Crown. The church is an ancient building of stone in the Decorated style, with an embattled tower. There are two Baptist 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 parishYarcombe St. John the Baptist 
Poor Law unionChard 

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 Yarcombe

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Yarcombe from the following:


Online maps of Yarcombe 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.

DistrictEast Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX14
Post TownHoniton