"COFFINSWELL, a small village and parish, 4 miles S.E. of Newton-Abbot, contains 215 souls, and 1100 acres of land, including the hamlet of Daccombe. Sir W.P. Carew, Bart., is lord of the manor; but part of the soil belongs to H.L. Brown, Esq., and a few smaller owners. The Church (St. Bartholomew,) is an ancient structure, with a tower and four bells. It was repaired in 1844, and its curacy is annexed to the vicarage of St. Mary Church, in the patronage and appropriation of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. The tithes were commuted in 1843, for £233 per annum." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Haytor Hundred, and a Peculiar the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. [The church now has six bells.]



Clements, David. First Bell-Ringer in Australia, Devon Family Historian, vol. 138, (2011) pp.14-15. [William Shapley Clements, emigrated to Australia in 1887]



MIs for this parish are included in the Incledon index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.


Church History

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


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1560 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1560 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

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

The members' area of the Devon FHS website makes available online images, not at present (Jan 2016) available elsewhere, of the Parish Registers covering Coffinswell Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1560-1805, Baptisms and Burials: 1801-1812, Baptisms and Burials (draft copy), 1805-1812, Marriages and Banns: 1754-1812, Marriages: 1813-1837.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1560-1837, Marriages 1560-1837.

Deanery of Ipplepen: Photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850. CD - Devon FHS (2012). [An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of: Abbotskerswell Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1756-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Berry Pomeroy Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Brixham All Saints Baptisms (1826-1839), Marriages (1826-1837), Burials (1831-1832); Brixham St Mary Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Broadhempston Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1681-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Churston Ferrers Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1835), Burials (1800-1837); Cockington Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1780-1834); Coffinswell Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1857); Denbury Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1800-1837); Ipplepen Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1843), Burials (1813-1837); Kingskerswell Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Kingswear Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1755-1837), Burials (1780-1837); Littlehempston Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1731-1837), Burials (1813-1840); Marldon Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Paignton Baptisms (1813-1841), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Paignton Independent Burials (1826-1836); Staverton Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Stoke Gabriel Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Torbryan Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1838), Burials (1813-1854); Tormohun Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Torquay St Marychurch Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Wolborough Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1839), Burials (1813-1837); Woodland Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1755-1835), Burials (1813-1838).]


Description & Travel

Conservation Area Appraisal for Coffinswell - an interesting account of the area, with numerous photographs and maps.

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

You can see pictures of Coffinswell 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.



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



Cresswell, Beatrix F. Armorial bearings at Coffinswell. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 3:2, (1904) pp.36-37.

W., F. Coffinswell shields. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 3:3, (1904) pp.95-96. [Refers to vol.3, p.36, par.29.]



Barnes, R.H. History of St. Mary-church and Coffinswell, previous to the reign of Henry VII. Torquay: Henry Poulson (1864) 49p. [Westcountry Studies Library - B/ST.M/0001/BAR]

Edmonds, F.S. Chronicles of St Mary Church, with notes on Babbacombe, Ilsham, Shiphay Collaton, Kingskerwell, and Coffinswell. (1925) pp. 66. C. G. Jowitt: Torquay, [1930.] 8o. BL 04705.aaa.56.

Martin, William Keble. A Short history of Coffinswell. Trans. Devon Assoc. (1955) pp165-190, 4 plates: ill.

R, H. Notes on the village and church of Coffinswell, Devon. Torquay: C.Beadle (1910) 46p,plates: ill.


Land & Property

Elliot, John. Homes and gardens - Beer Brook, Coffinswell. Devon Life vol. 8 no. 64 (1971) pp.14-16; ill.



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX891685 (Lat/Lon: 50.505762, -3.565249), Coffinswell which are provided by:


Names, Personal

Coffinswell Apprentices Register - 1804-1826, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF A113). [Foreword]