"AWLISCOMBE, or Awlescombe, a small village, on an acclivity, 2½ miles W. by N. of Honiton, has in its parish 590 souls, and 2569 acres of land, rising in bold hills on the north, and including the hamlets Weston and Wolverston. It had a grant for a market and fair in 1291, but both have long been obsolete. An estate of about 207A., called the manor of Awliscombe, which was given in 1491, by Thos. Calwodeley, to the Corporation of Exeter, for the relief of poor citizens. The rest of the parish belongs to E.S. Drewe, Esq., J.T.B. Notley, Esq., E.W. Greenfield, Esq., the Pring family, and a few smaller freeholders. A handsome bridge, over the Otter, connects this and Honiton parish, and was built in 1817. The Church (St. Michael,) is a neat Gothic structure, which was mostly rebuilt in 1846, and has a tower and five bells. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Hemyock Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter.



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


Church History

Awliscombe - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1559 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1809-37 see Axminster (PRO RG 4/512)

Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).

The Deanery of Dunkeswell, CD012, Devon Family History Society, Exeter (2007). [Contains indexes: Awliscombe - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Churchstanton - Baptisms 1813-1837, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1839; Clayhidon - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Combe Raleigh - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Dunkeswell - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1800-1837; Hemyock - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1635-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Luppitt - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1838, Burials 1813-1837; Sheldon - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1836, Burials 1770-1837; Upottery - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Yarcombe - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837.]


Description & Travel

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

You can see pictures of Awliscombe which are provided by:



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




Powell, Brenda. A Wife for Sale in Honiton in 1828, Devon Family Historian, vol. 181, (2022) pp.36-38. [Sarah Broome née Spark]


Land & Property

Spreadsheet transcription of the Tithe Apportionments.

Land tax assessment for Awliscombe, 1780-1832, LDS Film 1470937/9.



View a map of the boundaries of this town/parish.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST133018 (Lat/Lon: 50.809241, -3.231889), Awliscombe which are provided by:



Awliscombe Apprentice Register 1803-1839, Exeter, Devon Family History Society (2004). [Contains date, name of the apprentice, sex, age, parents details, residence, and details of Master.] [Foreword] [Names included in the overall index published as "Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief" (CD 023).


Probate Records

Will of William Rosewell (1916) transcribed by Colin Rosewell.

Will of Edward Peacock (1820) and Daniel Pring (1855) transcribed by Art Ames.



Hemp and Flax Bounty papers (1786-1788), transcribed by Brian Brassett.

Howard, A.J. Lay subsidy roll: county of Devon: Hemyock Hundred... Crediton hundred, Typescript (1967). [D&CRS Library, Exeter: P1524]