Yarcombe, Devon Family History Guide

Yarcombe is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Parish church: St. John the Baptist

Parish registers begin: 1539

Nonconformists include: Baptist

Parishes adjacent to Yarcombe

  • Churchstanton
  • Membury
  • Upottery
  • Stockland with Dalwood
  • Otterford
  • Whitestaunton
  • Combe St Nicholas

Historical Descriptions

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Yarcombe (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of Chard, hundred of Axminster, Honiton and S. divisions of Devon, 5 ½ miles (W.) from Chard; containing 826 inhabitants. The parish is situated on the river Yarte, from which its name, in ancient documents Yartecomb, is derived ; it comprises about 5000 acres, the property of Sir H. F. T. S. Drake, to whose ancestor Sir Francis, one moiety of the manor was granted by Queen Elizabeth. There are some quarries of blue lias, which are easily wrought. The village is in the well-wooded vale of the Axe, and the surrounding scenery is beautifully picturesque : the road from London to Exeter passes through it. Considerable facilities of conveyance are afforded by a canal recently opened from Taunton to Chard. A pleasure-fair is held on the second Tuesday after Trinity-Sunday. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £28, and in the patronage of the Crown ; net income, £607 ; impropriator, Sir H. Drake. The glebe comprises 36 acres, with a house. The church is a handsome cruciform structure in the decorated English style, with a square embattled tower surmounted by a low spire. There is a place of worship for Baptists.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.


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