Gidleigh Devon Family History Guide

Gidleigh is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Other places in the parish include: Chapel and Forder.

Alternative names: Gidley

Parish church: Holy Trinity

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1599
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1609

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Lydford
  • Throwleigh
  • Chagford

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

GIDLEIGH, or Gidley, a parish in Okehampton district, Devon; on the river Teign, and on the NE border of Dartmoor, 6 miles WNW of Moreton-Hampstead r. station, and 16½ W of Exeter. It includes the hamlets of Chapel and Forder; and its post town is Chagford, under Exeter. Acres, 3,449. Real property, £843. Pop., 134. Houses, 25. The manor belonged, from the Conquest till the time of Edward II., to the family of Prous; and a picturesque fragment of a Norman castle which was their seat, still stands near the church. A house, with two towers, was built on the highest hill in the parish, in 1848, by L. Prinsep, Esq., and is now an utter ruin. Gidleigh Park is the seat of the Rev. T. Whipham; and has grounds and environments of magnificent scenery. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £72. Patron, the Rev. T. Whipham. The church is old but neat; and comprises nave, chancel, and aisles. Charities, £18.

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

Parish Records

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Historical Newspapers

Western Morning News

Western Times

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette

North Devon Journal

Express and Echo


Vision of Britain historical maps


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