"BROADHEMPSTON, a village and parish, 4½ miles N. of Totnes, has 747 souls, and 2047A. 1R. 28P. of land, including the hamlets, &c., of Ford, Bearton, Wenton, Halswill, and Bicaton. Mr. Edward Palk is lord of the manor, but most of the soil belongs to Rt. Michelmore, J. Harris, W. and J. Blackler, W. Venning, G. Bowden, C. Skinner, T. Luscombe, and a few smaller owners. The manor anciently belonged to the Cantelupes, and its lords had the power of inflicting capital punishment. The Church is a large and antique fabric, with a tower and five bells. The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £25. 6s. 8d., and in 1831, at £366, is in the patronage of the Crown, and incumbency of the Rev. J. Pitman, B.C.L., who has a good residence and 37A. 2r. 26P. of glebe. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



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

Memorial Inscriptions, Church of St Peter and St Paul, Broadhempston. Womens' Institute (1975-76) [SoG Library DE/M17]


Church History

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


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1681 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1678 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1681-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Transcript of the Broad Hempston St Peter & St Paul Parish Registers, provided by Jeff Ellis.

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

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1801-36 - see Ashburton Circuit (PRO RG 4/840, 1763)

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1681-1822, Marriages 1681-1736.

Transcript of Broadhempston parish register by Jeff Ellis -  SoG Data Online DE/REG (SoG Members only).


Description & Travel

Conservation Area Appraisal for Broadhempston - an interesting account of the area, with numerous photographs and maps.

Broadhempston Online - community web-site.

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

You can see pictures of Broadhempston which are provided by:



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



Docherty, C.J., Langley Searles, A. and Faig jnr., Kenneth W. Lovecraft of Devon, Kenneth W. Faig jnr., 2311 Swainwood Drive, Glenview IL 6025-2741, USA (2003). [DFHS Library] [Lovecraft family of Woodleand/Broadhempston area]

Evans, H.R. Broadhempston: The background to an unfiled official form, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 26 (6), 1955, pp. 177-83. [Raymond: Prowse, Prestwood and Tozer families.]

Sanford, Teddy H. 

Worthy, C. Devonshire Parishes: or the antiquities, heraldry and family history of twenty-eight parishes in the archdeaconry of Totnes (2 vols), Exeter, W. Pollard (1887). [Chap. XV: Broadhempston - CANTILUPE; West, Lord DELAWARR; Serjant ROWE and the ROWE family; the PETRE arms] [Index]



Village Lives in Woodland, Broadhempston, Staverton, Landscove and Littlehempston - a collection of articles from the Parish News (1975-2009).

Evans, H.R. The Financial Reactions of Broadhempston to the Reformation. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 20 (1938-39) pp.100-107, 163-170, 204-208, 260-265, 300-305. [Raymond: Discussion of churchwardens accounts, 1529-1676, with some extracts.]

Evans, H.R. Broadhempston. Trans. Devon. Assoc. (1958) pp62-126: ill,map,plates. (Devonshire Association Parochial Histories of Devonshire No. 15.) [Full text]

Worthy, Charles. Devonshire Parishes. Exeter: William Pollard (1887) - Vol. 2, pp. 31- 54.


Land & Property

Transcription of a Tripartite Indenture dated 12th October 1770 between John Cruwys of Cruwys Morchard, Thomas Putt and Samuel Newte of the first part, Charles Evelyn of Totnes and Philippa his wife of the second part and William Mann yeoman of Broadhempston of the third part, by Debbie Kennett.

Rowe, J.Y. Excerpts from Beaston Farm Papers. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, vol. 29, no. 8 (1964) pp. 221-224.



Adams, Maxwell. Some Notes on the Manor and Church of Broadhempston. Exeter Diocesan Architectural and Archaeological Society Trans. 3rd series, vol. 2 (1901) pp. 73-78.



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX801662 (Lat/Lon: 50.483312, -3.69137), Broadhempston which are provided by:


Names, Personal

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



Broadhempston Apprentice Register 1802-1842, Exeter, Devon FHS (2006). [Foreword] [Names included in the overall index published as "Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief" (CD 023).


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Sutcliffe, Hilary. Masters & Pauper Children and Indentures, Broadhempston 1804-1837. [DFHS Library - p929.3/PAR Bro]


Probate Records

Smith, Joan. Newfoundland Coincidence, Devon Family Historian, vol. 161, (2017) p.33. [Concerning the 1853 will of Joanna Trood, housekeeer to the Reverend Pitman of Broadhempston]



Broadhempston Society web-page - provides some details of the Broadhempston Archive and the Broadhempston Local History Group.