Sheepwash, Devon Family History Guide

Sheepwash, Devon
Sheepwash, Devon

Sheepwash is a chapelry of Shebbear Ancient Parish in Devon.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1674

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Bible Christian Methodist, and Society of Friends/Quaker.

Parishes adjacent to Sheepwash

  • Buckland Filleigh
  • Highampton
  • Shebbear
  • Black Torrington

Historical Descriptions

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Sheepwash, a village and a parish in Torrington district, Devon. The village stands on the river Torridge, 1 ¾ mile N of Highampton, and 10 ½ NNW of Okehampton r. station; was anciently called Sepawasse and Shipwash; was formerly a market town; was nearly destroyed by fire in 1743; and has now a post-office under Highampton, North Devon, and fairs on the Thursday before the third Saturday of March and the Thursday before 10 Oct. The parish comprises 1,971 acres. Real property, £2,023. Pop., 527. Houses, 103. The manor belongs to Lord Clinton. Upcott-Avenell mansion belonged formerly to the Hollands; and, with great portion of the land, belongs now to G. L. Coham, Esq. The living is a vicarage, annexed to Shebbear. The church is ancient. There are chapels for Baptists and Bible Christians.

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


  • County: Devon
  • Civil Registration District: Torrington
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple
  • Diocese: Exeter
  • Rural Deanery: Torrington
  • Poor Law Union: Torrington
  • Hundred: Shebbear
  • Province: Canterbury