"DODBROOKE, at the head of the Salcombe estuary, forms part of the town of KINGSBRIDGE. . . . It had 1229 inhabitants in 1841, but comprises only 343A. 1R. 39P. of land. It has a cattle market on the third Wednesday of every month, and a fair on the Wednesday before Palm Sunday. . . . DODBROOKE is more ancient than Kingsbridge. and at Domesday Survey it belonged to the widow of Edward the Confessor, under whom the manor and the parish were held by the De Dodbrooke family. The manor passed successively to the Fitz Roald, Fitz Alan, Champernowne, Northleigh, Coxe, Southcote and Hodges families, and is now held by John Froude, Esq.; but W.J. Clark, Esq., J.K. Gillard, esq., and several smaller owners, have estates in the parish, mostly freehold. . . . DODBOROOKE CHURCH (St. Thomas-a-Becket,) is an ancient structure, with a tower and four bells, and was repaired a few years ago. The benefice is a rectory, valued in K.B. at £8. 11s. 4d., and in 1831 at £183, in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. S.T. Mosse, M.A., who has 30 acres of glebe and a large and handsome residence, erected in 1834. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Coleridge Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter. Regarded as part of the South Hams area.



Adams, Maxwell (Ed.). John Wills. [Obituary]. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. XL, (1908), pp. 48-49. [Transcript]

Henwood, Janet. William Thuell & the Australian Agricultural Co., Devon Family Historian, vol. 136, (Nov 2010) pp.16-18. [William Thuell, bap. 1820, Dodbrooke, died 1902, Tamworth, NSW]

Hawker, Rev. Treasurer. Sketch of Wolcot (Peter Pindar). Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1877, Vol IX, pp.331-335. [Transcript]

Pengelly, W., Wolcott, Dr. John. = “Peter Pindar”. In Miscellaneous Devonshire Gleanings, Trans. Devon Assoc., 1881, Vol XIII., pp. 147-149. [Transcript]



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

Collins, Lyn. St. Thomas of Canterbury church, Dodbrooke, Kingsbridge: list of monuments. Kingsbridge: L.Collins (1988) v,80,12p. Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.5/DOD/COL]

Square, J. Harris. Epitaphs from Churches, Churchyards and Burial Places in the Following Parishes: Kingsbridge, South Milton, East Allington, Dodbrooke, Malborough, Blackawton, West Alvington, Sherford, Charleton, Thurlestone, Churchstow, East Portlemouth. Devonshire Association Trans. vol. 29, (1897) pp.182-215. [Index]



Transcription of the 1841 census, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.


Church History

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


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1725 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Indexes to Baptisms (1725-1812), Baptisms (1840-1881), Burials (1735-1826), and Burials (1838-1881), from the Parishes of the South Hams website.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

  • The Refuge Baptist Chapel: Registers for 1824-36 (Z) in PRO RG 4/2533
  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1813-37 - see Kingsbridge (PRO RG 4/1088)

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Refuge Baptist Chapel Births 1819-1836.

According to Peskett, all Dodbrooke baptisms 1658-1659 are registered at Kingsbridge.

Deanery of Woodleigh Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837 and Burials 1813-1988 - CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2006). [Index of Aveton Gifford: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Bigbury: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837), Buckland-Tout-Saints: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1818-1822), Burials (1813-1988), Charleton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1780-1812), Chivelstone: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1800-1837), Churchstow: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1848), Dodbrooke: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), East Allington: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), East Portlemouth: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Kingsbridge: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Kingsbridge Ind.: Burials (1793-1897), Loddiswell: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Malborough: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Moreleigh: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Ringmore: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1764-1814), Salcombe: Baptisms (1813-1839), Sherford: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1800-1837), Slapton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), South Huish: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1856), South Milton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1838), South Pool: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1838), Stokenham: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Stokenham Ind.: Burials (1795-1836), Thurlstone: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1838), West Alvington: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Woodleigh: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837)]


Court Records

Hawkings, David T. Civil Actions at the Quarter Sessions, Family Tree Magazine, vol. 23, no. 3, (2007) pp.22-23. [Provides full transcript of an 1850 petition from 68 Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke inhabitants requesting that a police oficer be appointed - with list of names, occupations and parish]


Description & Travel

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

You can see pictures of Dodbrooke which are provided by:



Transcription of the entry in White's Devonshire Directory (1850) by Terry Partridge.

Scanned image of Kelly's Directory entry (1923), for Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.



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



The South Hams Genealogical Information Resource website offers lookups in their records concerning this parish.

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.

UKGA Dodbrooke web page - genealogy site with description, census transcripts, parish records, and many other resources.

Benson, J. Fitz-Alan, Rohaut, Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 25, 1952-3, pp. 184-7. [Raymond: Medieval, of Dodbrook and Portlemouth.]

Matthews, Sylvie. The Devon Connection, Devon Family Historian, vol. 134, (2010) pp.7-8. [Concerns the Sinkins family of Dodbrooke and their link to the Amos family]



Awdas, Jean. The Poor in Dodbrooke Through the Ages. Kingsbridge History Society Recorder 3 (1990) pp.2-6. [Raymond: Many names, includes a note of 1613.]

Dymond, Robert. Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke: an historical sketch. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 9, (1877) pp. 143-155. [Index]

M., R.B. Mayoralty of Dodbrooke, A.D.1413. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 12:2, (1922) pp.70-71. [Refers to vol.12, p.5. See also vol.12, p.298.]



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX739445 (Lat/Lon: 50.286951, -3.771432), Dodbrooke which are provided by:


Probate Records

Will of Joseph Hingston (1852), transcribed by Ros Dunning.