"CALVERLEIGH, 2 miles W.N.W. of Tiverton, is a small parish, containing only 81 souls and 501 acres of land, all the property of Joseph Chichester Nagle, of Calverleigh House, a large mansion built in 1844-'5, in a small, well-wooded park. The manor was purchased by the late Joseph Nagle, of Viscount Vane, and was anciently held by the Calwodelie family. The Church (St. Mary,) is a small fabric, with a tower and three bells, and the rectory, valued in K.B. at £12, and in 1831 at £184, is in the patronage of G.W. Owen, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Geo. W. Owen, of Loxbear. The poor have an annuity of 18s. left by Humphrey Brook, and four of the poor parishioners have 5s. each yearly from Shorland's Charity. Wm. Downing, farmer, Hill Farm; Wm. Manley, church clerk; and Jas. Woolway, tailor." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

Also known as Calwoodleigh. A parish in Tiverton Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter.


Church History

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


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1679 are held in the Devon Record Office.

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

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

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Bampton, Bickleigh, Burlescombe, Calverleigh, Clayhanger, Culmstock, Halberton, Hockworthy, Holcombe Rogus, Huntsham, Loxbeare, Morebath, Petton Chapelry, Sampford Peverell, Tiverton St. Peter, Tiverton Cove, Uffculme, Uplowman, Washfield and Willand. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White’s Directory (1850) and Kelly’s Directory of Devonshire (1902), CD-ROM 064, Exeter, Devon FHS (2016). [Bampton Bapt: 1813-1838 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1814-1838; Bickleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1836 Bur: 1800-1837; Burlescombe Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1838 Bur: 1813-1837; Calverleigh Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1757-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Clayhanger Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1833 Bur: 1750-1852; Culmstock Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Halberton Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Hockworthy Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1759-1837 Bur: 1813-1838; Holcombe Rogus Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1844 Bur: 1813-1837; Huntsham Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1755-1836 Bur: 1750-1838; Loxbeare Bapt: 1813-1841 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1983; Morebath Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1800-1837; Petton Chapelry Bampton Parish Bapt: 1813-1839 Bur: 1813-1861; Sampford Peverell Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Tiverton St Peter Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Tiverton Cove Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1682-1837 Bur: 1815-1837; Uffculme Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1783-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Uplowman Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Washfield Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1800-1837; Willand Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1800-1837.]


Description & Travel

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

You can see pictures of Calverleigh which are provided by:



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



Chichester, Alex Palmer Bruce, Sir. History of the family of Chichester, from A.D 1086 to 1874 including the descents of the various branches settled at Raleigh, Youlston, Arlington, Widworthy, Calverleigh Hall, and elsewhere in Devonshire; also of the Chichesters, Marquesses of Donegal, and Barons Templemore. John Camden Hotten, 1871.

Hosford, Norman F., & Hosford, David H. The Hosford genealogy; a history of the descendants of William Hosford, sometime resident of Beaminster, Dorsetshire, Dorchester, Massachusetts, Windsor, Connecticut and Calverleigh, Devonshire. West Kennebunk: Phoenix Publications, 1993. [Raymond: Includes West Country information, 16-17th c.]



Barbara Lupton provides a brief illustrated account of Calverleigh and its history (archived copy).



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS923142 (Lat/Lon: 50.91718, -3.533491), Calverleigh which are provided by:



Calverleigh School - Admission Register - 1875-1923, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF S002).