Widecombe in the Moor, Devon Family History Guide

Widecombe in the Moor is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Other places in the parish include: Leusdon, Poundsgate, Dunstone, Venton, Watergate, and Uppacott.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1560

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Wesleyan Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist Association.

Parishes adjacent to Widecombe in the Moor

  • Lydford
  • Buckland in the Moor
  • Manaton
  • Ashburton
  • Holne
  • Ilsington

Historical Descriptions

Widecombe in the Moor

Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Widecombe-in-the-Moor, 6 m. N.W. Ashburton. P. 1106

Source: Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.


Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales 1895

Leusden, a chapelry in Widecombe-in-the-Moor parish, Devonshire, on the E side of Dartmoor, 6 miles NNW of Ashburton station on the G.W.R. It was constituted in 1864. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Ashburton. Population, 378. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £215 with residence. Patron, the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. The church was erected in 1863, and is a building in the Perpendicular style. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

Source: Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales; Brabner, John Henry Fryden; Volume: 4; William Mackenzie, London. 1895.


  • County: Devon
  • Civil Registration District: Newton Abbot
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Totnes
  • Diocese: Exeter
  • Rural Deanery: Moreton
  • Poor Law Union: Newton Abbot
  • Hundred: Haytor
  • Province: Canterbury