"ERMINGTON . . . is a small village upon a bold eminence on the west side of the river Erme, encompassed by high hills, 10 mile E. of Plymouth, and 2 miles N.W. of Modbury. Its parish contains 1607 souls, and 4952 acres of land, including many scattered farm-houses, &c., and a large portion of the village of Ivybridge, . . . In 1623, a meteoric stone, weighing 23lbs., fell with a great noise from the atmosphere, at Strachleigh in this parish, and buried itself a yard deep in the ground. . . . Lady Elizabeth Bulteel is lady of the manor and hundred of Ermington, which was anciently a demesne of the Crown, and afterwards held by the Peverell, Fitzstephen, Bensted, Stoner, Rouse, and other families. The manor of Ivybridge belongs to Sir F.L. Rogers, Bart., and was held by the De Ponte Hederae, or Ivybridge family, from whom it passed to the Bonvilles and Crokers. E.R.P. Bulteel, Esq., the Rev. S.W. Pearse, W. Pode, Esq., and several smaller owners, have estates in the parish. . . . The Church (St. Peter,) is a large ancient fabric, with a lofty embattled tower, containing five bells, and crowned by a crooked spire, which leans considerably to one side. . . .." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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

Peskett: Ivybridge was an ancient village, with a chapel of ease dependent on Cornwood, it was later created as a modern parish incorporating parts of Cornwood, Ermington, Harford and Ugborough.



Brooking-Rowe, J. (Ed.) John Moysey de Ludbrook Bartlet [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  XXXVII, (1905), p. 32.  [Transcript]

Chaytor, Elaine. Ermington Days, Melinga Publishing, 56 Yardley Court, Hemingford Road, N. Cheam, Surrey SM3 8HL (n.d.). [Story of Rev. Edmund Pinwill and family, in late 1800s]

Edwards, Frederick. A cadet in the Baltic; the letters of Frederick Edwards, 1855-57 (ed. Gerald Hamilton-Edwards), Plymouth, Hamilton-Edwards (1956) 24 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library s920/EDW]

Grylls, Richard. Legassicke v. Betty - Who told the truth?, Devon Family Historian, vol. 128, (2008) pp.28-30. [Account of a 1611 court case concerning an illegal marriage between Henry Legassicke of Ermington and Thomasine Betty, of St. Issey, Cornwall.]

Wilson, Helen. The Remarkable Pinwill Sisters: from 'lady woodcarvers' to professionals, Plymouth, Willow Productions (2021) xi, 300pp. pp. [9781527282643]

Wilson, Helen. The Remarkable Pinwill Sisters, Devon Family Historian, vol. 182, (2022) pp.19-21.



MIs for the parish church, and for St John the Evangelist, Ivybridge, are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.

Transcriptions by Sheila Jones of Memorial Inscriptions in the Churchyard, the Memorial Inscriptions in the Parish Church, and of the War Memorial.

Brown, Mike. Ivybridge (Pre-1900 Survey). In Dartmoor Region Monumental Inscriptions Indexes, Vol. 14. Dartmoor Press, PO Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL.

Cotton, William. The churches of Cornwood, Harford, and Ermington. Exeter Diocesan Architectural Soc. Trans. 1 ser, v. 6, (1861) pp.289-307; ill, plates.

Jewers, Arthur J. Ermington. Western Antiquary 11 (1891-92) pp1-5, 35-37, 59-62, 91-96 and 132-138.

Sedding, Edmund. Ermington church. Exeter Diocesan Architectural Soc. Trans. 3 ser, v. 1, (1899) pp.56-59.

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


Church History

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

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


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1603 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1603 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1838, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

  • Wesleyan Chapel, Fore Street, Ivybridge: Registers for c1801-37 - see Ashburton Circuit, Axminster (PRO RG 4/1763, 840, 512)

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1603-1850 and Marriages 1606-1838.

Ermington Burials (1701-41), transcribed by Lesley Donald & Lyn Nash.

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the Deanery of Plympton. with photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850 and The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868), CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2007). [Brixton: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Cornwood: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1838), Ermington: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1838), Bur (1813-1837 ), Harford: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1755-1837), Bur (1813-1838), Holbeton: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Ivybridge: Bapt (1835-1840), Mar (1835-1840), Bur (1836-1840), Kingston: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1836), Bur (1813-1837), Modbury: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Newton Ferrers: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1836), Bur (1813-1837)), North Huish: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Plympton St. Mary: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Plympton St. Maurice: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Plymstock: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Revelstoke: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Shaugh Prior: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1835), Ugborough: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1841), Bur (1813-1837), Wembury: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1612-1837), Bur (1813-1840), Yealmpton: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837)]


Court Records

Register of Freeholders - Ermington, Exminster, Fremington & Halberton c1816, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D128). [Foreword]


Description & Travel

Ivybridge Parish council website.

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

Conservation Area Appraisal for Ermington - an interesting account of the area, with numerous photographs and maps [Downloadable PDF].

Mann, Bob. Ivybridge, Exeter, Obelisk Publications (1996) 20p: ill, map. [ISBN 1899073469] [Westcountry Studies Library pB/IVY/1996/MAN]

You can see pictures of Ermington which are provided by:



Transcription of the entries for Ermington, and for Ivybridge in White's Devonshire Directory (1850) by Terry Partridge.

Transcription provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.

Transcriptions provided by Sheila Jones of the full entry (description and names) in Kelly's Directories for 1897 and for 1910.



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



The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Lyn Nash, who invites queries and lookup requests.

Dartmoor Press Online Magazine's page for Ivybridge (archived copy), with articles, transcriptions, publication details, etc. - highly recommended.

Prideaux, T.E.P. Pedigree of the Family of Prideaux, of Luxon in Ermington, Devon. Exeter: William Pollard (1889) 16p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.2/PRI]

Rogers, W.H. Hamilton. Golde-Strechleigh, Seaborough, Somerset, and Ermington, South Devon, Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset 7, 1901, pp. 91-8, Reprinted in his Archaeological papers relating to the counties of Somerset, Wilts., Hants., and Devon. [ ]: reprinted for the author, 1902.



Barber, Tony. Recollections of Ivybridge and district. Ivybridge: T.Barber (1981) 24p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - pxB/IVY/0002/BAR]

Barber, Tony. Aspects of Ivybridge: some notes on its history. Ivybridge: T.Barber (1988) 53p: ill,map. [ISBN 0951413201]

Clamp, Arthur L. Ivybridge during the Second World War 1939-1945. [Plymstock]: [The Author] (1996) 40p: ill,ports. [Westcountry Studies Library - pxB/IVY/1939/CLA]

Hankin, Charles F. Ivybridge: a short history. Ivybridge Information Centre (1992) 29,[4]p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/IVY/0001/HAN

Van Der Kiste, John and Van Der Kiste, Kim. Ivybridge and South Brent Through Time, Amberley Publishing (2010) 96 pp. [ISBN-10: 184868733] [Contains 90 old photographs, plus 90 corresponding modern photographs of Ivybridge, South Brent, and their surrounding villages and hamlets.]

Martin, Ivor. Ivybridge. Stroud: Chalford Publishing (1997) 128p: chfly ill,ports. [ISBN 0752407597]

Martin, Ivor. The Book of Ivybridge, Halsgrove (2009) 160 pp.

Windeatt, Edward. Beating the Bounds of the Erme. In First Report of the Committee on Peculiar Tenures of Land Trans. Devon. Assoc., (1933) pp.245-332. [Transcript]


Land & Property

Extracts from Return of Owners of Land (1873), provided by Sheila Jones.



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX638532 (Lat/Lon: 50.362902, -3.91627), Ermington 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


Names, Personal

Names from Kelly's 1906 and 1923 Directories, transcribed by Sheila Jones.



Ivybridge Gazette - regional electronic journal.


Probate Records

The will of Christopher Pearse (1654), transcribed by Kathryn Barnett.

Will of Jonas Easton (1827), transcribed by Ros Dunning.



Only school in the village: Ermington School 100s. year. Ivybridge: Ivybridge Resources (1979) 73p. [Westcountry Studies Library - p372/ERM/ONL]



Brown, Mike. The Growth & Development of Fore Street, Ivybridge 1830-1997. Dartmoor Press (1997?) 44p.[Tax Lists from the years 1830, 1840, 1850, 1856, 1866, 1878, 1883, 1893, 1897, 1910, 1914, 1926, 1935, 1944]