Egg Buckland


"EGG BUCKLAND, a large village, 3 miles N. by E. of Plymouth, has in its parish 1297 souls, and 3197 acres of land, including part of the village of Knacker's Knowle, many scattered houses, and the extra-parochial place called Laira Green, near the river Plym and Dartmoor Railway. . . . C. Tolcher, Esq., is lord of the manor of Egg- Buckland; and E. Clarke, Esq., is lord of the manor of Efford; but the greater part of the parish belongs to the Earl of Morley, the Countess Rothes, the Misses Morehead, Colonel Elliott, G.W. Soltan, Esq., Mrs. Revell, the Trustees of the late Sir J. St. Aubyn, R.A.A. Julian, Esq., T. Briggs, Esq., and several smaller owners, some of whom have pleasant seats here. . . . The Church is an ancient structure, with a tower and five bells, and contains several monuments to the Hals, Collins, and other families. . . . The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £8. 4s. 4d., and in 1831 at £474, is in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor, and incumbency of the Rev. George Hunt, M.A., who has a good residence and glebe. . . .." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Roborough Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter. Includes Crownhill (formerly Knacker's Knowle.)



Adams, Maxwell. Frederick Charles Lemann [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  XLII, (1910), p. 47. [Transcript]

Harpley, W. Thomas Richard Arthur Briggs. [Obituary] Trans. Devon Assoc., 1891, Vol XXIII, pp. 102-104. [Transcript]



The "Of the Parish" (archived copy) headstone and memorial indexing and photography project aims to put details of the people who died in Plymouth and the surrounding area online. The churchyards and burial grounds for which gravestone images have been collected and names entered into a consolidated database are to date: Oreston Methodist Church (Plymstock), Pleasure Hill non conformist burial ground (Oreston, Plymstock), Royal Naval Hospital burial ground (No Place Field, Plymouth), St Budeaux, St Edward (Eggbuckland), St Peter The Poor Fisherman (Stoke Beach near Noss Mayo, Revelstoke), and Milehouse overflow burial ground, Devonport (Stoke Damerel).

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

Record of the inscriptions on the gravestones in Eggbuckland churchyard ... [1978] 58p. [Westcountry Studies Library - x929.5/EGG/REC]


Church History

St Edwards Church, Egg Buckland history (archived copy).

Russell, Peter W. and Others. Crownhill Methodist Church, 1812-1962 (typescript). (1962) [Plymouth Library]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1652 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1745-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

Plymouth Marriage Index: Volume 1:, Exeter, Devon Family History Society (2001). [Includes marriages for Egg Buckland, 1837-1984]

The Deanery of Tamerton, CD, Devon Family History Society, Exeter (2003). [Contains indexes: Bere Ferrers - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Bickleigh - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1811-1837; Buckland Monachorum - Baptisms, 1813-1839 Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Egg Buckland - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Mary Tavy - Baptisms 1813-1840 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Meavy - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Peter Tavy - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1790-1837; Sampford Spiney - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1770-1837; Sheepstor - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1856; Tamerton Foliot - Baptisms 1813-1840 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Walkhampton - Baptisms 1813-1840 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Whitchurch - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1838, Burials 1813-1837]


Description & Travel

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

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Transcription 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.



Plymouth Data (archived copy) - An encyclopaedia of historical information about the "Three Towns" of Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse, and also also the ancient parishes of St Budeaux, Eggbuckland, Tamerton Foliot, Plympton St Maurice, Plympton St Mary and Plymstock, which make up the modern City of Plymouth, compiled by Brian Moseley - highly recommended.

Egg Buckland History Project web-site (archived copy).

Beckerlegge, John J. Egg Buckland in 1850, Trans. Dev. Assoc., vol. 103, (1971) pp.123-132.

Clamp, Arthur L. Crownhill Reflections (c.1980). [Devon FHS Library 942.35/CRO]

Cundill, Major J.P. Nitro-Glycerine Explosion at Colwill Quarry: Report to the Right Hon. the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the Circumstances Attending an Explosion of Nitro-Glycerine Exuded from Dynamite at the Colwill Quarry, near Egg Buckland, Devonshire, On the 18th February, 1890, London, Her Majesty's Stationary Office (1890) 11 pp.


Land & Property

Copeland, G W. Widey Court. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 87 (1955) pp.230-8.

Tithe Apportionment, 1839 (typescript copy) 1839 [Plymouth Library]



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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX497577 (Lat/Lon: 50.399909, -4.116173), Egg Buckland which are provided by: