"BROADHEMBURY, a sequestered village, picturesquely seated among the hills, about 6 miles E.S.E. of Collumpton, and N.W. of Honiton, has in its parish 851 souls and 6155 acres of land, including the scattered hamlets of Collaton, Luton, Dulford, and Kerswell, extending to within 3 miles of Collumpton. . . . The manor, anciently held by the noble family of Torrington, and afterwards by Dunkeswell Abbey, was purchased by Edw. Drewe, sergeant at law to Queen Elizabeth. Edw. Simcoe Drewe, Esq., is now lord of the manor and owner of two-thirds of the parish. He has a handsome seat here, called the Grange, built about 1610, but modernised and improved some years ago. B. Walrond, Esq., of Dulford House, and several smaller owners, have estates in the parish. Kerswell or Carswell hamlet has about 150 inhabitants, and an Independent Chapel. . . . The Church (St. Andrew,) is an ancient structure, with a tower and five bells. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



Toplady, A.M. (Vicar of Broadhembury). A Memoir of Some Principal Circumstances in the Life ... of ... Augustus Montague Toplady; etc. (1778) [Westcountry Studies Library]

Were, F. Monument to George, or Adrian, Moore in Broadhembury church. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 10:6, (1919) pp.211-212. [See Cresswell, vol.10, p.172.]



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

Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]


Church History

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

Graham, Rose. The Cluniac priory of St. Mary Carswell. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 84, (1952) pp.115-121.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1538 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

  • Hope Independent/Congregational Chapel, Kerswell: Registers for 1816-32 (ZC) in PRO RG 4/2278; 1943-48 (M) at DRO

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Kerswell by Honiton Independent Chapel Christenings 1816-1832.

Broadhembury parish: list of registers, benefice papers, churchwardens' accounts. Exeter: Devon Record Office (19--) 19p. [Plymouth Library - 963BR]

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Bradninch, Broadhembury, Buckerell, Butterleigh, Clyst Hydon, Clyst St. Lawrence, Cullompton, Feniton, Kentisbeare, Payhembury, Plymtree, Rewe, Silverton and Talaton. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850 and Kelly's Directory of Devonshire 1902. CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2009). [Bradninch Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Broadhembury Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Buckerell Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1841; Butterleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst Hydon Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1790-1837; Clyst St. Lawrence Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1814-1851; Cullompton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Feniton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1790-1837; Kentisbeare Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1839, Bur: 1813-1837; Payhembury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1800-1837; Plymtree Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1541-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Rewe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1780-1837; Silverton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Talaton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1836, Bur: 1800-1837].


Description & Travel

Broadhembury Parish Plan and Village Design Statement, from East Devon District Council.

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

Bowen, David. A Devonshire village. Devon Life vol. 6 no. 44 (1970) pp.32-34; ill.

You can see pictures of Broadhembury which are provided by:



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



Andrews, Anthony G. Broadhembury - Devon, Devon Family Historian, vol. 128, (2008) pp.32. [Details of the Drewe family.]

Browning, Lynne. Help With a White Family History (East Devon and Wellington Areas), Devon Family Historian, vol. 176, (2020) pp.44. [Roger White (c1703-1770)]

The Venns of Broadhembury. [Devon FHS Library 929.2/VEN]



Andews, M.E. An 18°C Weather Report or A blast from the past, Devon Family Historian, vol. 122, (2007) pp.7-8.

Hay, E. Collection for the History of Plymtree, Broadhembury and Talaton. (1925) [Westcountry Studies Library, Exeter Cathedral Library]

Palfrey, V. Severe Weather Remembered - Extracted from the Parish Registers of Broadhembury, Devon Family Historian, vol. 123, (2007) p.6.

Palfrey, Vi. Extracted from the Parish Registers of Broadhembury, Devon Family Historian, vol. 142, (2012) p.22. [Further weather reports]

Tucker, Charles. (1865). On Broadhembury Parish. The Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Review, Vol 2, Series 19, July-December 1865, London: John Henry and James Parker, illus, pp. 835. [Index]

Broadhembury. Broadhembury: St Andrews Ch. [1980?] 12p. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/BRO 2/0001/BRO]



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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST102047 (Lat/Lon: 50.83484, -3.276587), Broadhembury which are provided by:


Names, Personal

Broadhembury contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.