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Zeal Monachorum, Devon

Historical Description

Zeal Monachorum, a parish, with three hamlets, in Devonshire, 2½ miles from Bow station on the L. & S.W.R., and 7 NW by W of Crediton. Post town, Bow. Acreage, 3313; population, 405. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. The manor was given by King Canute to Buckfast monastery, took thence the name of Monkenfield, Monkenzeal, or Zeal Monachorum, and belongs now to the Ley family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £330 with residence. The church is a building of stone in the Early Perpendicular style, with an embattled western tower.

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 parishZeal-Monachorum St. Peter 
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 Zeal Monachorum

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Zeal Monachorum from the following:


Online maps of Zeal Monachorum 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


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 districtEX17
Post TownCrediton