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Shaldon

"ST. NICHOLAS' PARISH includes the large village of SHALDON, and most of the adjacent village of RINGMORE, on the south side of the mouth of the river Teign, opposite the sea port and bathing place of Teignmouth, 5½ miles E. of Newton-Abbot and Bushell. It comprises only 580 acres, but had 1175 inhabitants in 1841, including 538 in Shaldon hamlet, which has since greatly increased in population and buildings. The church stands in Ringmore, which is partly in the parish of Stokeinteignhead. St. Nicholas's parish has now about 1500 inhabitants, most of whom are in SHALDON, a handsome village and bathing place, picturesquely seated on the coast of the English channel, opposite Teignmouth, and partly under the lofty promontory of bold red rocks, called the Ness. Shaldon is connected with Teignmouth by a ferry, and also by the longest Bridge in England, which crosses the Teign by 35 arches, and is 1671 feet in length. . . . Having a fine beach and much romantic scenery in its vicinity, it has become a favourite sea bathing place, during the last twenty years, in which many neat and tasteful houses, &c., have been erected on the Green, on the Marine terrace, in Clifford place, and in Bridge street, as well as in the pleasant snburb of Ringmore. . . . St. Nicholas' Church, from which the parish has its name, was rebuilt by the Carew family about 180 years ago, and stands in a picturesque situation, overlooking the estuary of the Teign, about half a mile W. of Shaldon. It is a small plastered building, with a tower containing one bell, and crowned by a short wooden spire." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

Also known as St Nicholas Shaldon, St Nicholas Ringmore, St Nicholas Teignmouth, and Teignmouth St Nicholas.

Cemeteries

MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.

Churches

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Church History

Shaldon St Nicholas and Shaldon St Peter - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1654 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

  • Ebenezer Congregational Chapel, Shaldon: Registers for 1825-36 (ZC) in PRO RG 4/1327
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Shaldon: Registers for c1813-37 - see Teignmouth (PRO RG 4/1220)

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): St Nicholas Ebenezer Independent Chapel Christenings 1824-1836.

Burials 1837 - 1856, 1857 - 1876 and 1877 - 1894, provided by Devon Heritage.

Clergy at St Nicholas Church, Ringmore, Shaldon, provided by John Williams.

Bucklow, H. (transcr.). St. Nicholas, Ringmore, baptism register, 1813-1905. Typescript [1981] 100p. [Westcountry Studies Library - f929.3/RIN/1813]
Bucklow, H. (transcr.). St. Nicholas, Ringmore, burial register, 1813-1981. Typescript [1981] 141p. [Westcountry Studies Library - f929.3/RIN/1813]
Bucklow, H. (transcr.). St. Nicholas, Ringmore, parish register, 1616-1812. Typescript [1981] 157p. [Westcountry Studies Library - f929.3/RIN/1813]
Bucklow, H. (transcr.). St. Nicholas, Ringmore, marriage register 1813- 1837. Typescript [1982] 47p. [Westcountry Studies Library - f929.3/RIN/1813]
An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Alphington, Ashcombe, Bishopsteignton, Chudleigh, Combeinteignhead, Dawlish, Dunchideock, East Ogwell, East Teignmouth, Exminster, Haccombe, Ide, Kenn, Kenton, Mamhead, Powderham, Shaldon, Shillingford St. George, Starcross, Stokeinteignhead, St. Thomas the Apostle (by Exeter), Trusham, West Ogwell and West Teignmouth. Includes Chudleigh United Reformed Church and East Teignmouth Zion Independent Chapel Burials. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Directory (1850) and Kelly's Directory of Devonshire (1902), CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2015). [Alphington Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1812-1837; Ashcombe Bapt: 1813-1841 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1783-1837; Bishopsteignton Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Chudleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Chudleigh United Reformed Chapel Bur: 1834-1836; Combeinteignhead Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1800-1837; Dawlish Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Dunchideock Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1756-1836 Bur: 1813-1851; East Ogwell Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; East Teignmouth Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; East Teignmouth Zion Independent Chapel Bur: 1809-1836; Exminster Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1813-1837; Haccombe Bapt: 1821-1842 Mar: 1773-1801 Bur: 1829-1839; Ide Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Kenn Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1813-1837; Kenton Bapt: 1813-1844 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Mamhead Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Powderham Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1835 Bur: 1785-1837; Shaldon Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Shillingford St. George Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1765-1837 Bur: 1680-1842; Starcross Bapt: 1815-1840 Mar: 1828-1837 Bur: 1828-1837; Stokeinteignhead Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1800-1837; St.Thomas the Apostle (by Exeter) Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Trusham Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1743-1837 Bur: 1750-1837; West Ogwell Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1843 Bur: 1813-1839; West Teignmouth Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837.]

Description and Travel

Section on St Nicholas  from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Lockie.

Shaldon Village website - general information.

Conservation Area Appraisal for Shaldon - interesting account of the area, with numerous photographs and maps.Taylor, Marjorie. Shaldon in the autumn. Devon Life vol. 9 no. 75 (1972) pp.29.

You can see pictures of Shaldon which are provided by:

Directories

Transcript of entry (under the name St Nicholas) in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.

Gazetteers

The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.

Genealogy

The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Claire Stoyle , who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Censuses, BMBs 1553-1916.)

This parish is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Shaldon has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Shaldon to another place.

Merchant Marine

Smee, Marilyn. The Newfoundland Connection with Teignmouth and Shaldon in South Devon, Devon Family Historian, vol. 155, (2015) pp.9-10.

Last updated: 11 Jan 2016 - Brian Randell

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