Iddesleigh Devon Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. James

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1541
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1597

Nonconformists include: Bible Christian Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Hatherleigh
  • Meeth
  • Dowland
  • Winkleigh
  • Monkokehampton
  • Broadwoodkelly

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

IDDESLEIGH, a village and a parish in Okehampton district, Devon. The village stands on the E side of the valley of the Torridge, 4 miles NE of Hatherleigh, and 7½ SW of Eggesford r. station; was known to the Saxons as Ieddeslegh; and is a pretty place, amid romantic scenery. The parish comprises 2,952 acres; and its post town is Winkleigh, North Devon. Real property, £2,563. Pop., 529. Houses, 109. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged, in the time of William Rufus, to the De Sullys, one of whom made a great figure as a crusader; passed, in the time of Henry VIII., to Sir John Leger; and belongs now to Sir Stafford H. Northcote, Bart. Ash House belongs to the ancient family of Mallett. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £350. Patron, the Rev. Spackman. The church was partly rebuilt in 1847; comprises nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower; and contains many monumental tablets. There is a chapel for Bible Christians.

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: Okehampton
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple
Diocese: Exeter
Rural Deanery: Torrington
Poor Law Union: Okehampton
Hundred: Shebbear
Province: Canterbury