"BROADWOODWIDGER, or Broadwood Wiger, is a village of old cob buildings, on the acclivity of a valley, six miles N.E. of Launceston. Its parish contains 923 souls, and 8780A. of land, including 1500a. of common, 140A. of wood, 100A. of orchards, the hamlets of Rixton and Kallacott, and many scattered houses. The manors and their owners are, Broadwoodwidger and Upcott, Hy. Blagrove, Esq.; Norden Bason, Lord Clinton; More Malherbe, Rev. C.T.C. Luxmoore; and Deanacary, Hy. Hawkes, Esq. Lord Ashburton, Sir Wm. Molesworth, the Misses May, Jas. Lay, Esq., and several smaller owners, have estates here, mostly freehold. The Church is an ancient structure, with a tower and five bells. It retains most of its old carved oak benches, and has some remains of stained glass in its windows. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

Also known as Bradwood Widger. A parish in Lifton Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter. According to Peskett: "this parish was transferred during the period 1875 to ca 1919 to the deanery of Trigg Major and Archdeaconry of Cornwall."



Census records for Broadwoodwidger in 1861 in RG9/1519 Enumeration District 5b and RG9/1519 Enumeration District 6 are available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.

Census records for Broadwoodwidger in 1871 in RG10/2224 Enumeration District 2 are available on-line from the Cornwall Online Census project.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1654 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

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

Broadwood Widger Parish Church. The Parish Register, 1654-1697 (MSS). (1901) 80p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.3/BRO/1654]
The Deanery of Tavistock, CD008, Devon Family History Society, Exeter (2007). [Contains indexes: Bradstone - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1755-1838, Burials 1813-1837; Brentor - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1834, Burials 1801-1845; Bridestowe - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Broadwoodwidger - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1836, Burials 1813-1837; Coryton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1806-1860; Dunterton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1836, Burials 1752-1837; Kelly - Baptisms 1813-1842, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Lamerton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1844, Burials 1812-1838; Lewtrenchard - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1840; Lifton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1650-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Lydford - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1780-1841; Maryystow - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1792-1837; Milton Abbot - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Princetown - Baptisms 1813-1839, Burials 1815-1853; Sourton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1723-1837, Burials 1814-1838; Stowford - Baptisms 1811-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Sydenham Damerel - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1750-1837; Tavistock - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Thrushelton - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Virginstow - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1836, Burials 1813-1839.]

Description and Travel

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



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

Transcription provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.



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



The Online Parish Clerk for this parish is Rita Rainbird, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Baptisms 1698-1837, Marriages 1698-1837, Burials 1698-1837.)

Johnson, Nina. From Broadwoodwidger to the USA, Devon Family Historian, vol. 162, (2017) pp.25. [Evely family]
Mettier, Alex. A "Shopping Bag", Devon Family Historian, vol. 165, (2018) pp.7-8. [The search for information about a collection of old photographs - including of Ivy Beale of Tavistock and Charles Vickery of Broadwoodwidger.]

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Broadwoodwidger has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Notes from Parish Records on Oath-takers from Ashwater, Broadwoodwidger, Hollacombe, Holsworthy and St Giles in the Heath by Pat Williams, provided by the Friends of Devon Archives.

Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Broadwoodwidger, Devon. Typescript (1964) 10 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]


Turton, S.D. & Weddell, P.J. Roadford Reservoir Project: Documentary History of Broadwoodwidger Manor and the Tenements of Goatacre and Shop. Exeter: Exeter Museum Archaeological Field Unit (1988).22p,[9]p of maps.


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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX411891 (Lat/Lon: 50.679808, -4.25048), Broadwoodwidger which are provided by:


Probate Records

Wills for this parish were proved in the Court of the Archdeacon of Cornwall, and are now held by the Cornwall Record Office. They are listed in:

Glencross, R.M. (ed.). Calendar of Wills, Administrations and Accounts Relating to the Counties of Cornwall and Devon in the Connotorial Archdiaconal Court of Cornwall (with which are included the records of the Royal Peculiar of St. Burian) now preserved in the District Probate Office at Bodmin. Index Library, vols. 56 & 59.