"BONDLEIGH, or BUNDLEIGH, a small village in the Taw valley, 7 miles S. by W. of Chulmleigh, and N.N.E. of Okehampton, has in its parish 342 souls, and 1784 acres of land, mostly the property of the Trustees of the late Earl of Egremont, who are lords of the manor and patrons of the rectory, valued in K.B. at £10. 17s. 8½d., and in 1831 at £232. The Rev. G. Stone is the present rector, and has 55A. 2R. 33P. of glebe, and a thatched residence. The tithes were commuted in 1842, for £200 per annum. The Church (St. James,) has a tower and four bells, and here is a small chapel occupied by Baptists and Bible Christians. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
Also known as Bundley, Bunley or Boneleigh. A parish in North Tawton Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter.
Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]
Bondleigh - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).
Williams, H. Fulford. Bondleigh: Patrons and Rectors. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 29, 2 (1962) pp.53-56.
Parish Registers giving marriages back to 1754 are held in the Devon Record Office. The Record Office also holds Bishop's Transcripts going back to 1607.
The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837 - for details see their book list.
Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).
Granville, Roger & Mugford, W.E. (eds.) Bondleigh, 1607-1636. Abstracts of the Existing Transcripts of the Lost Parish-Registers of Devon, 1596-1644, and short notes on the extant pre-reformation registers of all the parishes in the county, from particulars furnished by the several incumbents thereof. Vol. 1 A-Bra. Exeter: W. Pollard (1908). [Full text]
An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Bondleigh, Bow, Brushford, Burrington, Chawleigh, Chulmleigh, Clannaborough, Coleridge, Eggesford, Lapford, North Tawton, Nymet Rowland, Wembworthy and Zeal Monachorum. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Directory (1850). CD-ROM 063, Exeter, Devon FHS (2014). [Bondleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Bow Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Brushford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Burrington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Chawleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Chulmleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clannaborough Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1759-1834, Bur: 1697-1836; Coleridge Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Eggesford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1750-1838; Lapford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1567-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; North Tawton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Nymet Rowland Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1756-1836, Bur: 1734-1879; Wembworthy Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1733-1837, Bur: 1813-1839; Zeal Monachorum Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837]
Section on Bondleigh from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Lockie
Transcription 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.
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Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Bondleigh, Devon. Typescript (1950) 7 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library: sxB/BON/0001/WIL]
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Bondleigh contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.
Transcript of the will of James Shobbrook (1860) by Adrian Parry.