"BLACKBOROUGH, 5 miles E.N.E. of Collumpton, is a small parish of 126 souls, and 508A. 1R. 22P. of land, adjoining Kentisbeare, and united with that parish for the support of the poor. It is on the western declivity of the lofty range of hills called Blackdown, and was anciently held by the Boldhay family, and afterwards by the Cobhams and the Bonvilles. The Trustees of the late Lord Egremont are now lords of the manor, owners of nearly all the soil, and patrons of the rectory, valued in K.B. at £4, and in 1831 at £140. The Rev. W.C. Thompson, M.A., is the incumbent, and has 74A. 1R. 11P. of glebe, and resides at Blackborough House, a neat mansion, of Tuscan architecture, built by the late Earl of Egremont, who also erected the present Church, (All Saints) in 1838, at the cost of about £1900. This church is a neat structure, in the early English style, and its tower is crowned by an octagonal spire, which is seen at a great distance; the site being about 700 feet above the level of the sea. The interior is neatly fitted up with 283 sittings all free except twenty. Before the erection of this church, the parishioners used that at Kentisbeare, their old church (Allhallows,) having gone to decay some centuries ago, . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Hayridge Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter. For convenience, information relating to the Blackdown Hills area as a whole is given here, though it in fact also is generally reckoned to include in whole or in part: Awliscombe, Broadhembury, Chardstock, Churchstanton, Clayhidon, Combe Raleigh, Cotleigh, Culmstock, Dalwood, Dunkeswell, Hemyock, Honiton, Luppitt, Membury, Monkton, Stockland, Uffculme, Uppottery, and Yarcombe.



House, Theo. The distant hills of Avalon. [Wimborne]: T.House [1994] [8], 64p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - px301.35/BLA/HOU]



Chalk, E.S. Devonshire Association Parochial Histories of Devonshire Nos. 3-4: Kentisbeare and Blackborough. (1934) [Westcountry Studies Library - msB/KEN/0001/CHA] [Church MIs pp. 16]


Church Records

Peskett: This was a technically separate parish, but the ancient church was long in ruins until rebuilt in 1838, from which date separate registers begin; prior to that date it can be regarded as in effect a part of Kentisbeare.

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


Description & Travel

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

Downes, Rev. Blackdown. Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1880, Vol. XII, pp. 420-446. [Index]

Drury-Beck, Michael. Your Handbook & Guide to The Blackdown Hills, MDB Litework, 19 Fairfield Green, Churchinford, Somerset (n.d.) 100 pp. [ISBN 0-9535317-0-8]

Webber, Ronald. The Devon & Somerset Blackdowns, London, Robert Hale & Co Ltd (1976) 192 pp. [ISBN 0 7091 5691X]

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Copy provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.



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


Historical Geography

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



Blackdown Hills historical records, collected by Lucy Franklin.

Chalk, E.S. The Manors, Parish and Church of Blackborough alias All Hallows. Trans. Devon Assoc. 42 (1910) pp.346-360. [Index]

Chalk, Edwin S. Histories of the parishes of Kentisbeare and Blackborough. Typescript [1930?] [Westcountry Studies Library - Formerly Ms.19]

Chalk, E.S. Devonshire Association Parochial Histories of Devonshire Nos. 3-4: Kentisbeare and Blackborough. (1934) [Westcountry Studies Library, Exeter Cathedral Library, Plymouth Central Library, Torquay Central Library]

Smith, Stanley. Spiceland Quaker Training Centre, 1940-1946: cups without saucers. York: Sessions (1990) 280pp [ISBN 1850720649] [Blackborough House in WWII]

Stanes, R.G.F. Devonshire batts: the whetstone mining industry and community of Blackborough, in the Blackdown Hills, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 125, (1993) pp.71-106: ill, plates.



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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST094092 (Lat/Lon: 50.875171, -3.289059), Blackborough which are provided by: