Chagford Devon Family History Guide

Chagford is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Devon.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1598
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1608

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Bible Christian Methodist, Plymouth Brethren, and Wesleyan Methodist. 

Adjacent Parishes

  • Lydford
  • Throwleigh
  • Gidleigh
  • North Bovey
  • Drewsteignton
  • Moretonhampstead

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CHAGFORD, a small town, a parish, and a subdistrict in Okehampton district, Devon. The town stands on elevated ground, near the river Teign, on the skirts of Dartmoor, 4 miles WNW of Moreton-Hampstead r. station, and 12 SW of Crediton; and has a post office under Exeter, and two inns. It is a picturesque old place, amid romantic environs, in a bracing climate, repulsive during winter, but attractive to tourists and to invalids in summer. It was made a stannary town in 1328; and it sustained an attack by the royalists in the wars of Charles I. The Three Crowns inn at it was built as a mansion, by Judge Whyddon, in the time of James I.; and served afterwards as the dower-house of Whyddon Park. Markets are held on Saturdays; and fairs on the first Thursday of May, and the last Thursday of March, Sept., and Oct. The parish comprises 7,492 acres. Real property, £7,014. Pop., 1,379. Houses, 273. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged to Dodo the Saxon; was given by the Conqueror to the Bishop of Coutances; and passed, in the time of Henry III., to Sir Hugh de Chagford, and afterwards to Judge Whyddon. Several ancient British antiquities occur among the hills. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £539. Patron, the Rev. H. G. Hames. The church is a good ancient structure, with a square embattled tower; and contains a grand monument of Judge Whyddon. There are chapels for Wesleyan Methodists and Bible Christians. Charities, £44. The subdistrict contains four parishes. Acres, 19,821. Pop., 2,907. Houses, 608.

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

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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


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County: Devon
Civil Registration District: Okehampton
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Exeter
Diocese: Exeter
Rural Deanery: Dunsford
Poor Law Union: Okehampton
Hundred: Wonford
Province: Canterbury