Bratton Clovelly


"BRATTON-CLOVELLY, a small village, on a bold eminence, 8 miles W.S.W. of Okehampton, has in its parish 870 inhabitants, and 8316A. of land, including 2000A. of moorland; the hamlets of Brockscombe, Burnaby, and Burrow, and many scattered houses. The soil belongs to J.G. Newton, Esq., J.M. Woollcombe, Esq., Sir William Molesworth, S. Wreford, Esq., Rev. H. Coham, S.S. Hamlyn, Esq., and several smaller owners. The Church is a large and handsome structure, in the early decorated style, with a tower and six bells. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £21. 5s. 2½d., and in 1831 at £468, is in the patronage of the Bishop of Exeter, and incumbency of the Rev. Edward Budge, B.A., who has a good old residence, and 161A. 1R. 27P. of glebe. The tithes were commuted in 1845, for £460 per annum. The Barton was long the seat of the ancient family of Burnaby" [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



Sweeting, Liz. George Glass Pellow, Devon Family Historian, vol. 175, no. (2020) pp.26-28.


Church History

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

Thorne, Roger F.S. Boasley Chapel. Ottery St. Mary: The Author (1994) 8p. [Westcountry Studies Library - p287.1/BRA/THO]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1555 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

Burials 1837 - 1850, 1851 - 1866, 1867 - 1884 and 1885 - 1907, provided by Devon Heritage.

Extracts from Bratton Clovelly and Germansweek, Devonshire parish church registers of marriages, baptisms and burials. Typescript (1965) x, 29[47] leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.2/HEA]

The Deanery of Okehampton: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Ashbury, Beaworthy, Belstone, Bratton Clovelly, Broadwoodkelly, Exbourne, Germansweek, Hatherleigh, Highampton, Honeychurch, Inwardleigh, Jacobstowe,Monkokehampton, Northlew, Okehampton and Sampford Courtenay. Photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850. CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2011). [Ashbury Mar: 1755-1810; Beaworthy Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1758-1837, Bur: 1760-1837; Belstone Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1835, Bur: 1813-1837; Bratton Clovelly Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Broadwoodkelly Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1839, Bur: 1813-1838; Exbourne Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Germansweek Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1756-1837, Bur: 1813-1840; Hatherleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Highampton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1747-1837, Bur: 1813-1839; Honeychurch Bapt: 1813-1842, Mar: 1757-1837, Bur: 1813-1842; Inwardleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1790-1837; Jacobstowe Bapt: 1813-1852, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1851; Monkokehampton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; Northlew Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Okehampton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Okehampton Independent Chapel Bur: 1829-1837; Sampford Courtenay Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837.]


Description & Travel

Bratton Clovelly home page (archived copy) - history and general information.

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

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Transcription by Neil Stanton of the entry for Bratton Clovelly in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.



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



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.

Bratton Clovelly One Place Study website - contains a very extensive set of transcriptions (of PRs, Will Abstracts, Census, Tax, Military, Poor Law, and School Records, etc.) and of articles, maps, and photographs.

Baldacchino, Kim. Are You a One-Placer?, Devon Family Historian, no. 151, (2014) pp.36-38.

Extracts from Bratton Clovelly and Germansweek, Devonshire parish church registers of marriages, baptisms and burials. Typescript (1965) x, 29 [47] leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.2/HEA] [Hearn Family]



Baring-Gould, Sabine. Red Spider, London, Chatto & Windus (1915) 224 pp. [Reprinted 1993 by Praxis Books, ISBN 0951872915] [Evocative historical fiction, set in Bratton Clovelly in the 1830s]

Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Bratton Clovelly, Devon. Typescript (1963) 7 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]



Whale, T.W. Manors in Bratton Clovelly. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 27, (1895) pp.144-164. [Index]



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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX463918 (Lat/Lon: 50.705468, -4.178059), Bratton Clovelly which are provided by: