Branscombe Devon Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. Winifred

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1539
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1607

Nonconformists include:

  • Baptist
  • Bible Christian Methodist
  • Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Beer
  • Colyton
  • Salcombe Regis

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BRANSCOMBE, a village and a parish in Honiton district, Devon. The village stands on the coast, 4½ miles E of Sidmouth, and 8 S by E of Honiton r. station; and has a post office under Sidmouth. It is a straggling but very pleasant place; and carries on a manufacture of pillow-lace. The parish comprises 3,422 acres of land and 65 of water. Real property, £4,218. Pop., 936. Houses, 199. The property is subdivided. The manor belonged, before the Conquest, to the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. Edge or Egge, in a valley N of the village, was the residence, in the time of Edward III., of the Branscombe family; and thence till 1609, of the Wadhams, the last of whom founded Wadham College in Oxford. Three valleys, each traversed by a stream, diverge from the vicinity of the village, and are flanked by picturesque hills. A small bay below the village bears the name of Branscombe mouth, and is famous for calcedonies. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £190. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. The church is cruciform, and partly Norman, partly English; has a central tower in disrepair; and contains an ancient monument with two kneeling effigies

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

FamilySearch - Birth Marriage & Death Census Migration & Naturalization Military Probate & Court

Ancestry - Census & Voter Lists Birth, Marriage & Death Military Immigration & Emigration Directories & Member Lists Court, Land, Wills & Financial

Abstracts of the Existing Transcripts of the Lost Parish-registers of Devon -

Branscombe Project Parish Registers - Free

Branscombe Project Baptism Registers of Branscombe Methodists 1844 to 1892 - Free

Branscombe Project Census - Free

Branscombe Project Gravestones St Winifred, Branscombe - Free

Branscombe Project Family Announcements from WW2 newspapers (1939-1945) - Free


Branscombe Project Berry Trade Directories - Free


Vision of Britain historical maps

Branscombe Project Manor of Branscombe 1810 Map - Free

Branscombe Project Law's 1793 Map of Branscombe - Free

Branscombe Project Berry Barton Map 1763 - Free

Branscombe Project Branscombe Tithe Map - Free


County: Devon
Civil Registration District: Honiton
Probate Court: Court of the Peculiars of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter
Diocese: Exeter
Rural Deanery: Pre-1848 - None, Post-1847 - Aylesbeare
Poor Law Union: Honiton
Hundred: Colyton
Province: Canterbury