Burlescombe Devon Family History Guide

Burlescombe is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Other places in the parish include: Appledore and Westleigh.

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1579
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1608

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Plymouth Brethren, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist. 

Adjacent Parishes

  • Halberton
  • Uplowman
  • Uffculme
  • Holcombe Rogus
  • Sampford Peverell
  • Culmstock

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BURLESCOMBE, a parish in the district of Wellington and county of Devon; under Blackdown, on the Roman Port way from Somerset to Exeter, and on the Great Western canal and the Bristol and Exeter railway 5 miles SW of Wellington. It has a station on the railway, and it includes the tything of Appledore and the hamlet of Westleigh; the former of which has a post office, of the name of Appledore, North Devon. Acres, 3,768. Real property, £6,229; of which £700 are in quarries Pop., 856. Houses, 175. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to E. A. Sandford, Esq An Augustinian priory was founded at Canonsleigh in the time of Henry II., by William de Clarville; conveyed, in 1284, to Maud, Countess of Gloucester, and changed by her into a nunnery; passed, after the dissolution, through a number of hands; and belongs now to the family of Browne. Some small remains of it, including a massive Tudor gateway, still exist. Limestone of superior quality abounds; and great quantities of it are sent off by canal and railway. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £255. Patron, Rev. T.Tanner. The church is chiefly of the time of Henry VII.; was renovated in 1843; and contains a beautiful ancient screen, and fine monuments of the Ayshfords. An ancient chapel stands on the Ayshford estate; and was recently restored.

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

Parish Records

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Birth Marriage and Death Records

England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887

England, Devon and Cornwall Marriages, 1660-1912

England, Devon, Parish Registers, 1538-1912


England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

England Marriages, 1538–1973 

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977


Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Grave Indexes

BillionGraves Index

Find A Grave Index

Migration and Naturalisation Records

Migration Records at FamilySearch

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries

Census Records

England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales National Register, 1939

Probate and Court Records

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

Military Records

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920


Vision of Britain historical maps


County: Devon
Civil Registration District: Wellington (Somerset)
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Exeter
Diocese: Exeter
Rural Deanery: Tiverton
Poor Law Union: Wellington
Hundred: Bampton (Devon); Halberton
Province: Canterbury