"BROADWOOD-KELLY, is a village and parish, 5½ miles E. by N. of Hatherleigh, containing 471 souls, and 2666 acres of land, including the hamlet of Splats. Benj. Cleave, Esq., is lord of the manor, formerly held by the Kelly, Belston, Gilbert and other families: but a great part of the parish belongs to the Davie, Hole, Arnold, Sampson, and Parker families. The soil is freehold and generally poor. The Church stands on an elevated site, and was thoroughly repaired, repewed, and new roofed about 16 years ago, when five new bells were fixed in the tower. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £19. 7s. 6d., and in 1831 at £257, is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. N.J.B. Hole, B.C.L., who has a neat modern residence, and 73A. of glebe. The poor have the interest of £24, left by several donors, and vested with the overseers." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1609 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1839 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

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

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

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



The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Linda Garnett, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Bapt: 1764-1941; Marr: 1813-1979 and some Banns Burials: 1763-1825.)

Cotton, W. A family story from the register of Broadwoodkelly. Notes and Gleanings . . . Devon and Cornwall 1, 1888, pp. 3-4.



Williams, H.Fulford. Notes on the parish of Broadwood Kelly, Devon. Typescript (1963) 6p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/BRO 5/0001/WIL]



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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS617058 (Lat/Lon: 50.83516, -3.965377), Broadwoodkelly which are provided by:


Probate Records

Will of Barnabie Mallett (1606) transcribed by Mike Mallett.