East Portlemouth


"PORTLEMOUTH, (EAST) a small village, five miles S. of Kingsbridge, is picturesquely seated on an eminence on the east side of Salcombe haven, near its confluence with the sea. Its parish contains 429 souls, and 1973 acres of land, including Rickham and Holset hamlets, and bounded on the south by the lofty cliffs, extending to Prawle Point. An entrenchment on the hill is supposed to have been used in assaulting Salcombe Castle, on the opposite side of the estuary. The Duke of Cleveland is lord of the manor of Portlemouth, but that of West Prawle belongs to Blundell's School at Tiverton. Mr. R. Hurrell, Miss Burnell, and a few smaller owners, have estates here. At Rickham is a coast guard station. Portlemouth commands an extensive view of the English Channel, as well as of the estuary and its creeks, as high as Kingsbridge. The Church (St Onolaus,) is an ancient structure, with a tower and three bells, two of which are cracked. It is in the perpendicular style, and has a richly carved wooden screen. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £29. 8s. 4d., and in 1831 at £360, is in the joint patronage of the Duke of Cleveland and Lady Sandwich, and in the incumency of the Rev. T.B. Wells, M.A., who has 30A of glebe, and a good residence with tasteful grounds. The tithes were commuted in 1839 for £347 per annum. The Weslyans have a small chapel here, and the poor have the interest of £20 left by the Rev. Rd. Cleveland, in 1618." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Coleridge Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter. (Sometimes known simply as Portlemouth - West Portlemouth being a small hamlet across the estuary in Malborough.) Regarded as part of the South Hams area.



Harpley, Rev. W. Rev. Thomas Bury Wells, M.A. [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1879, Vol XI, p. 65. [Transcript]



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]



Name index to the 1841 census, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.


Church History

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


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1562 are held in the Devon Record Office.

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.

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

Indexes to baptisms (1671-1803), baptisms (1837-1862), banns (1837-1862), marriages (1692-1753) and burials (1692-1884) provided by Ray Osborn.

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)]


Description & Travel

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

You can see pictures of East Portlemouth which are provided by:



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

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.



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

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



Price, W.Willis. East Portlemouth and its patron saint, Winwalloe. Kingsbridge: Lugger Bros (1960?) 23p.


Land & Property

Glebe Terrier 1745, from the Parishes of the South Hams Family website.

A Terrier of the Parsonage House & Glebe of the Parish of East Portlemouth Taken in the Year 1745, Devon Family Historian, vol. 120, (2006) p.23.



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX748384 (Lat/Lon: 50.232309, -3.756786), East Portlemouth which are provided by:


Military History

Sullock, J.D.C. Militia of the South Hams - Part Two: Ashprington, Portlemouth, Chivelstone, Thurlestone, Ugborough, Modbury, Aveton Giffard, Harford, Kingston, Holbeton, Ermington, Ringmore and Bigbury.(1569AD). J.D.C. Sullock, Stockton, Cleveland (n.d.) 9p


Probate Records

Summary of the will of Nathaniel Jellard (1735) provided by Bev Edmonds.