Buckland in the Moor


"BUCKLAND-IN-THE-MOOR is a parish of scattered houses, partly in the picturesque valley of the Dart, and adjoining Dartmoor Forest, and the Haytor Granite Rocks, 3½ miles N.W. of Ashburton. It contains only 116 souls, and 1457A. 3R. 13P. of land, of which 805 acres are of wood and plantations. E.R.P. Bastard owns much of the soil, and is lord of the manor. He has a handsome seat here called Buckland Court, which was enlarged and beautified about 25 years ago, by the widow of the late John Pollexfen Bastard, Esq. The Church is a small ancient edifice, with a tower and five bells. It is now undergoing a thorough reparation. The perpetual curacy is annexed to the vicarage of Ashburton, and has 13A. 2R. 12P. of glebe, but no parsonage. Reddicliff Farm (60A.) has been held from an early period for the repairs to the church and the payment of small salaries to the clerk and sexton. It is let for about £40 a year, and is supposed to have been given by Eliz. Cake, in 1566." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A chapelry of Ashburton, in Haytor Hundred, and in the Peculiar Jurisdiction of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. Regarded as part of the Dartmoor area.



Brown, Mike. Buckland in the Moor (Full Survey). In Dartmoor Region Monumental Inscriptions Indexes, Vol. 19. Dartmoor Press, PO Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL.

Brown, Mike. Guide Notes to Monuments in Devon Churches & Graveyards: Widecombe, Buckland. The Dartmoor Press. 16pp. [Elford, Hamlyn, Radcliffe, Woodleigh]


Church History

Buckland in the Moor - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).


Church Records

There are copies of the registers (christenings 1692-1860, marriages 1694-1837, and burials 1728-1860) at the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1756 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1851, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1737-1840 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

Birch, W.M. The Parish Register of Ashburton and Buckland in the Moor. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 28 (1896) pp.238-243. [Index]

Brown, Mike. Buckland-in-the-Moor Churchwardens Accounts, 1632-91, Dartmoor Press. 28p.

Brown, Mike. Buckland-in-the-Moor - Registers and Graveyard Survey, Dartmoor Archive Researchers. 28p.

Wood, I.M. The Registers of St Peters Parish Church, Buckland-in-the-Moor. (1972) [Devon & Exeter Inst.]

An index of baptisms (1813-1839), marriages (1754-1837) and burials (1813-1837) in the parishes of Ashburton, Bickington, Bovey Tracey, Buckland in the Moor, Hennock, Highweek, Ideford, Ilsington, Kingsteignton, Lustleigh, Manaton, Moretonhampstead, North Bovey, Teigngrace and Widecombe in the Moor. Photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850., CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2011). [Ashburton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Ashburton Independent Chapel Bapt: 1817-1839; Bickington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1771-1837; Bovey Tracey Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Bovey Tracey Baptist Chapel, Bur: 1784-1837; Buckland in the Moor Bapt: 1813-1851, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1737-1840; Hennock Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Highweek Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; Ideford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; llsington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Kingsteignton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Lustleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1785-1837; Manaton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1843; Moretonhampstead Bapt: 1813 1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; North Bovey Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Teigngrace Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Widecombe in the Moor Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837]


Description & Travel

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

You can see pictures of Buckland in the Moor which are provided by:



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

Brown, Mike. Trade Directory for Buckland in the Moor, Ilsington, Lustleigh, Manaton, North Bovey, Widecombe 1850, 1870, 1878, Dartmoor Press (2001).



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



This parish is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.

Dartmoor Press Online Magazine's page for this parish (archived copy), with articles, transcriptions, publication details, etc. - highly recommended.

Brown, Mike. Buckland who's who 1600-1900. Vol. 1 The Smerdons. Dartmoor Archive Researchers' Transcripts and Guides, No. 5. Plymouth: Dartmoor Press, 1995.



Brown, Mike. A guide to the parish of Buckland-in-the-Moor. Newton Abbot: Forest Publishing (1996) 20 p. ill., map. ISBN: 0951527487 (pbk). [Exeter Univ. Lib.] [Index]

Brown, Mike. History of the Manor of Buckland in the Moor, 1600-1900. Dartmoor Press (1996)

Brown, Mike. A Few Sheaves of Devon History [Transcripts]: Buckland in the Moor Vol. 1, Dartmoor Press (2001).

Brown, Mike. A Few Sheaves of Devon History [Transcripts]: Buckland in the Moor Vol. 2, Dartmoor Press (2001).

Firth, F.H. Red Deer in Buckland Woods. Trans. Devon Assoc., vol. XXVIII, (1896), pp. 244-246. [Transcript]


Land & Property

Brown, Mike. Buckland in the Moor. In "Dartmoor Tithe Apportionments, Vol. 4". The Dartmoor Press (c1997) 16p.



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX720731 (Lat/Lon: 50.543618, -3.807851), Buckland in the Moor which are provided by:


Names, Personal

Brown, Mike. Who's Who in Buckland-in-the-Moor, 1600-1900 (3 vols.), Dartmoor Press. [Entries for every person identified as having lived or worked in Buckland during the period, together with outline genealogical and family history "c notes.]

Brown, Mike. Buckland in the Moor Properties Owners & Occupiers c1600-cl900, Dartmoor Press. 14p. [List of Owners and/or Occupiers indexed under different property headings, compiled from a wide range of Manor & Parish documents. Also includes lists of Lords of the Manor, Parish & Manorial Officers, late C17th Manor Court Jurors.]

Brown, Mike. Buckland in the Moor Returns of Occupiers c1520-c1900, Dartmoor Press. 36p. [Transcripts selected from Tax Rolls, Protestation Returns, Parish Rate Lists, Manor Surveys & Rentals, Census Tithe Apportionments, "c, at approx 50 year intervals during the period, plus 1333 Lay Subsidy Roll.]