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Yealmpton, Devon

Historical Description

Yealmpton, a village and a parish in Devonshire, The village stands on the river Yealm, 5 miles SE of Plympton station on the G.W.R., with a post, money order, and telegraph office under Plymouth. It was anciently known as Yealhampton, was once an important place with the status of a borough, is now much decayed, is a seat of petty sessions, and has a monthly cattle market. The parish includes Yealm Bridge, Dunston, Yeo, Weston, and Lyneham hamlets, and comprises 3191 acres; population, 879. At Yealm Bridge are chair, cabinet, and flock works, employing a large number of hands, and marble, granite, and limestone quarries. The manor belonged to the Saxon king Ethelwold, passed to the Fitzherberts, the Hastingses, and others, and belongs now to the Bastard family. There are several good residences. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £210 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Exeter. The church was partly restored but mainly rebuilt in 1850 at a cost of about £7500, and is a building of stone in mixed styles of architecture. There is a Wesleyan 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 parishYealmpton St. Bartholomew 
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 Yealmpton

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 Yealmpton from the following:


Online maps of Yealmpton 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

Yealm Bridge

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 districtPL8
Post TownPlymouth