"DENBURY, a scattered village, pleasantly situated, in a valley 3 miles S.S.W. of Newton Abbot, has in its parish 470 souls, and 1068 acres of land. . . . General Taylor owns a great part of the soil, and is lord of the manor, which belonged to the Archbishop of York in the Confessor's reign, and to Tavistock Abbey at Domesday survey. After the Reformation, it was held by the Russells, who sold it to the Reynells, one of whose co-heiresses carried it in marriage to Captain Taylor, in the reign of Queen Anne. The Rev. R.H. Froude, Mr. J. Badcock, and a few smaller owners, have estates here; and Denbury House, a large Elizabethan mansion, is the seat of Miss Froude. The Church (St. Mary,) has a tower and five bells, and has been restored and beautified during the last four years, at the expense of Miss Froude and other subscribers. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £12. 7s. 6d., and in 1831 at £201, is in the patronage of the Rev. John Richard Bogue, B.A., and incumbency of the Ven. Robert H. Froude, M.A., who is also rector of Dartington, and Archdeacon of Totnes. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Haytor Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter.


Archives & Libraries

The Denbury Archive provides articles, indexes, photographs and other material relating to Denbury and its history.



Dicksee, Lorraine. Henry Winser's Arctic Adventure, Devon Family Historian, vol. 186, (2023) pp.22-27. [Served on HMS Discovery's 1875-76 Arctic expedition, b. Denbury (near Newton Abbot), 1850.]

Uglow, Steve. 1901-1926: Devon Village Bobbies: A Story of Two Brothers, Part 1: Lewin Henry Trenerry Uglow, Devon Family Historian, vol. 168, (2018) pp.7-10.

Uglow, Steve. 1901-1926: Devon Village Bobbies: A Story of Two Brothers, Part 2: Hubert George Trenerry Uglow, Devon Family Historian, vol. 169, (2019) pp.6-8.



Freeman, J.R. List of Inscriptions in the Churchyard and Church of St Mary the Virgin, Denbury, Devon Typescript (c1972) 19p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.5/DEN/LIS, SoG Library DEM/15]

Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]


Church History

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


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1559 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1800-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

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

Denbury Archive website - extensive general and historical information.

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

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

You can see pictures of Denbury 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.



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.

Worthy, C. Devonshire Parishes: or the antiquities, heraldry and family history of twenty-eight parishes in the archdeaconry of Totnes (2 vols), Exeter, W. Pollard (1887). [Chap. XXI: Denbury - Archbishop ALDRET (crowned William I); REYNELL; FROUDE] [Index]



Watkin, Hugh R. Monument on Hill-Top at Denbury. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, vol. 11, (1920-21), pp. 222-226. [Index]

Worthy, Charles. Devonshire Parishes. Exeter: William Pollard (1887) - Vol. 2, pp. 195- 206.



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX823688 (Lat/Lon: 50.50713, -3.661194), Denbury which are provided by: