Chawleigh, Devon Family History Guide

Chawleigh is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Alternative names: Chawley

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1544

Nonconformists include: Bible Christian Methodist and Independent/Congregational.

Parishes adjacent to Chawleigh

  • Cheldon
  • Wembworthy
  • Eggesford
  • Nymet Rowland
  • Coldridge
  • Lapford
  • Chumleigh
  • West Worlington

Historical Descriptions

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Chawleigh, or Chawley, a village and a parish in Crediton district, Devon. The village stands on the river Dart, 2 miles E of Eggesford r. station, and 2 SE of Chumleigh; is irregularly built, but very pleasantly situated; and has fairs on 6 May and 11 Dec. The parish comprises 5,020 acres; and its post-town is Chumleigh, North Devon. Real property, £3,729. Pop., 801. Houses, 171. The manor and about three-fourths of the property belong to the Earl of Portsmouth. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £455. Patron, the Earl of Portsmouth. The church is an ancient structure, with a tower; has a splendid carved screen; and was recently in need of extensive repair. There are chapels for Independents and Bible Christians. Charities, £99.

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


  • County: Devon
  • Civil Registration District: Crediton
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple
  • Diocese: Exeter
  • Rural Deanery: Chumleigh
  • Poor Law Union: Crediton
  • Hundred: North Tawton with Winkleigh
  • Province: Canterbury