Cruwys Morchard


"CRUWYS-MORCHARD is a hilly but fertile parish of scattered houses, from 4 to 5 miles W. of Tiverton; containing 670 souls, and 5765 acres of land, including the hamlets of Cotton, Yelbury, and Way. The manor has been held by the Cruwys family since the reign of King John, if not from a much earlier period. The Rev. G.S. Cruwys, M.A., is now lord of the manor, and patron and incumbent of the rectory, valued in K.B. at £21 11s. 8d., and in 1831 at £501. He resides at his ancient family seat Cruwys Morchard House, which has lately been enlarged and modernized, and has a tasteful and well wooded park, mostly planted in 1834-5. . . . The Church (Holy Cross,) is an ancient structure, with a massive tower and six bells. . . . The Rev. John Pitman, the Rev. T.A. Melhuish, and several resident freeholders have estates in the parish. Mr. George Ayre owns and occupies Ruckham, which was for many centuries the residence of the ancient family of Drake. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Witheridge Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter.



Letter from George Sharland Cruwys (1841), transcribed by Debbie Kennett.

Cruwys, M.C.S. The Diary of John Cruwys of Cruwys Morchard (1682-8). Devon and Cornwall Notes & Queries, Vol. XVIII, (1933-4), pp 259-264.

Prince, John. Cruwys, Sir Robert, Knight. In: Danmonii Orientales Illustres or The Worthies of Devon. London: Printed for Rees and Curtis, Plymouth; Edward Upham Exeter; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, London, 1810, pp274-277. (Published on CD by Archive CD Books.) [Full text]

Smith, Michael. A Family at Risk: The Thornes of Cruwys Morchard in 1793. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.166-172.

John Cruwys papers, 1682-1689. Microform (1937) [Yale University - Manuscripts and Archives - \FILM\MISC\232\]


Church History

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

The Rectors of Cruwys Morchard, compiled by Debbie Kennett.

Holy Cross, Cruwys Morchard, by Graham Naylor.

Jenkins, Simon. Cruwys Morchard: The Holy Cross. In: England's Thousand Best Churches. Allen Lane, 1999, p126.

Ogden, R. B. The Church of the Holy Cross, Cruwys Morchard, Devon: A Celebration. (1992, reprinted 1999) 24 pp.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1572 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1572 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection (archived copy).

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

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1572-1812, and Marriages 1572-1620, 1639-1790.

The Deanery of South Molton: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Bishop's Nympton, Cheldon, Creacombe, Cruwys Morchard, East Anstey, East Woolfardisworthy, East Worlington, George Nympton, King's Nympton, Knowstone, Mariansleigh, Meshaw, Molland, North Molton, Oakford, Puddington, Rackenford, Romansleigh, Rose Ash, Satterleigh, South Molton, Stoodleigh, Templeton, Thelbridge, Twitchen, Warkleigh, Washford Pyne, West Anstey, West Worlington and Witheridge. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Directory (1850) and Kelly's Directory of Devonshire (1902). CD-ROM 062, Exeter, Devon FHS (2015). [Bishop's Nympton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Cheldon Bapt: 1813-1843, Mar: 1755-1835, Bur: 1813-1841; Creacombe Bapt: 1814-1902, Mar: 1759-1835, Bur: 1813-1850; Cruwys Morchard Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; East Anstey Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1688-1839; East Woolfardisworthy Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1840, Bur: 1813-1837; East Worlington Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; George Nympton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1790-1837; King's Nympton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Knowstone Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1740-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Mariansleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1757-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Meshaw Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1836, Bur: 1813-1838; Molland Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; North Molton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Oakford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1840; Puddington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1759-1836, Bur: 1740-1837; Rackenford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Romansleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1730-1837; Rose Ash Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1850; Satterleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; South Molton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Stoodleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Templeton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Thelbridge Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1853; Twitchen Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Warkleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1851; Washford Pyne Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1756-1836, Bur: 1813-1840; West Anstey Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1745-1838; West Worlington Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1846, Bur: 1813-1851; Witheridge Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1835]


Description & Travel

Cruwys Morchard Parish website - general and historical information about the parish, its church and its three chapels.

Cruwys Morchard website - general information.

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

You can see pictures of Cruwys Morchard which are provided by:



Transcription of the complete entries in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850 and 1890.

Transcription of complete entry in Lysons' Magna Britannia by Debbie Kennett.

Transcription of complete entry in The Universal British Directory of Trade, Commerce and Manufacture (1791) by Debbie Kennett.

Transcription of complete entry in A Topographical Dictionary of England (1845) by Debbie Kennett.



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.

There is a Cruwys One-Name Study page at the Guild of One-Name Studies website.

The Drakes of Cruwys Morchard Devon - website by Lara Pollard and "a small group of family researchers descended from the Drakes of Cruwys Morchard, Devon".

B., J. Melhuish of "Hill" in Cruwys Morchard. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries Vol. 20 (1938-39), pp178-9.

Chapman, Ann. Cruwys One-Name Study, Devon Family Historian, vol. 122, (2007) pp.32.

Cruwys, M.C.S. A Cruwys Morchard Notebook, 1066-1874. Exeter: J.Towsend & Sons, 1939. [Index]

Cruwys, M.C.S. Records at Cruwys Morchard [presidential address], Trans. Devon. Assoc. 84, 1952 pp. 1-19. [The most complete narrative history of the Cruwys family published to date. Raymond: Includes pedigree.]

Delderfield, Eric R. Cruwys Morchard, Devon: the home of one of Devon's oldest families. In: West Country Historic Houses and their Families Volume I: Cornwall, Devon and West Somerset, David & Charles, Newton Abbot, 1968, pp46-50.

Johns, T.F. Crewes of South Cornwall and their ancestors in Liskeard, Cornwall and Cruwys Morchard, Devon, Weymouth, T.F. Johns (2001) 139 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library]

Lauder, Rosemary. Cruwys of Cruwys Morchard. In: Devon Families, Halsgrove, Tiverton, 2002, pp 59-64. [ISBN 1-84114-140-140-2]

Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh. Cruwys of Cruwys Morchard. In: The Field Book of Country Houses and their Owners: Family Seats of the British Isles, Webb & Bower, 1988, pp 8-11. [ISBN 0-86350-234-2.]

Prideaux, F.B. Cruwys of Morchard and East Anstey Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 13, 1924-5, pp. 134-7. [Raymond: Includes pedigree. 14-15th c.]

The Cruwys Family: One of the Oldest in Devon. The Devonian Year Book (1944) p.10. [Transcription]



Cruwys, M.C.S. A Cruwys Morchard Notebook, 1066-1874. Exeter: James Townsend & Sons (1939) 68, [3]p,plates. [Index]

M.C.S.C. [Margaret Campbell Speke Cruwys]. Cruwys Morchard during the Civil War and the Royalist rising of 1655. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, (1936-37), Volume 19, pp.144-5.

Cruwys, Samuel. A Description of an Aurora Borealis, Seen on the Same Day at Cruwys-Morchard, in Devonshire. Phil. Trans. (1683-1775) 31 (1 Jan 1753), pp.186-190.

Greenslade, John. Pennymoor Then & Now, Tiverton, John Greenslade (2000) 48 pp.

Will. Maunder, A Relation of the Same Appearance, Seen at Cruwys Morchard in Devonshire. Being Part of a Letter to Sam. Cruwys, Esq; R.S.S. and by Him Communicated to the Royal Society. Philosophical Transactions (1683-1775), Volume 30, 1 Jan 1753, pp.1101-1104. [Concerning a sighting of the Northern lights.]

Morrish, Richard. Memoirs of Cruwys Morchard, Manuscript (1809). [In 1939 this was in the possession of Mr R.E. Mitchell of Nomansland, Cruwys Morchard]

Stéphan, D. J. Mrs. M. C. S. Cruwys: A Memoir. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries Vol. 31 (1968-70), pp. 33-34.

Tull, Christopher S. Cruwys Morchard: church, parish and people. [s.l.]: [s.n.] (1973) 18p. (Based on: A Cruwys Morchard notebook by Mrs M.C.S.Cruwys) [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/CRU/0001/TUL]

A true account of a most terrible storm of thunder and lightning, that happened at Cruise Morchard, four miles distant from Tiverton in Devonshire, on Monday, being the 18th of February. London: For R Baldwin, 1689. 1 leaf; 31 cm. (fol.) [Cambridge Univ. Library]



C., L.G. Cruwys Morchard Manor Court Roll. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, vol. 20 (1938-1939) pp. 237-240.



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS874121 (Lat/Lon: 50.897367, -3.60252), Cruwys Morchard which are provided by:


Names, Personal

Cruwys Morchard contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.



Extracts from 18th and 19th-century newspapers relating to Cruwys Morchard, provided by Debbie Kennett.


Probate Records

Cruwys Morchard Wills and Inventories - extracts by Debbie Kennett of a notebook at the Devon Record Office in Exeter entitled "MS list of records at Cruwys Morchard House".

Wills of Alexander Cruse (1648), Ann Cruse (1586), Bridget Cruwys (1794), Dorothy Cruwys (1757), Reverend Henry Shortrudge Cruwys, John Cruse (1577), John Cruwys (1712), John Cruwys (1791), Susanna Cruwys (1756), and Thomas Augustus Cruwys (1770) transcribed by Debbie Kennett.

Will of Alexander Morrish (1629) transcribed by Desmond Painter.

Hoskins, W.G. A Devon Yeoman in 1648. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 22 (1942-46) pp.162-64. [Raymond: Will and inventory of George Maunder of Cruwys Morchard, 1648.]



Newspaper accounts of Cruwys Morchard Agricultural Society's Ploughing Matches, provided by Debbie Kennett.