"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]
Broad Hempston - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).
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 book 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.
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Broadhempston to another place.
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.
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]
You can see the administrative areas in which Broadhempston has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
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.
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.
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:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
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).
Sutcliffe, Hilary. Masters & Pauper Children and Indentures, Broadhempston 1804-1837. [DFHS Library - p929.3/PAR Bro]
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.