"HACCOMBE, 3 miles E. by S. of Newton Abbot, is a small parish, or extra-parochial liberty, in the detached part of Wonford Hundred, south of the estuary of the Teign. It contains only 14 inhabitants, 290 acres of land, and two houses. It is the seat and property of Sir Walter-Palk Carew, Bart., and has been held for many generations by his family, one of whom was created a baronet, in 1661. The present mansion, called Haccombe House, was built on the site of the ancient hall, about 45 years ago. It is a large plain building, standing in a well wooded lawn, at the bottom of a gradual descent, near the church, on the door of which two horse shoes were fastened, "in memory of one of the Carews, who won a wager of a manor of land, by swimming his horse a vast way into the sea, and back again." At Domesday Survey, the manor was held by Stephen de Haccombe, under Baldwin the Sheriff. It passed successively to the Archdeacons and Courtenays. In the 13th century, it passed with the heiress of the latter to Nicholas Lord Carew, one of whose descendants, George Carew, was created Baron Carew and Earl of Totnes in 1625, but, dying without issue, in 1629, his titles became extinct. Another member of the family was created Lord Carew of Ireland, in 1834, and of the United Kingdom in 1838. Haccombe Church (St. Blaize,) is a small ivy clad structure, with a bell turret, and contains some ancient monuments of the Haccombe and Carew families." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

Haccombe is an archpresbytery in Wonford Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter.


Church History

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

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

Brushfield, T.N. John Sixtinus, Archpriest of Haccombe, Sixteenth Century, Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 34, (1903). pp. 276-288. [Index]

Crabbe, William R. An Account of Haccombe Church. Exeter Diocesan Architectural and Archaeological Society Trans. 2nd series, vol. 1 (1867) pp. 61-73. [Includes monumental inscriptions.] [Index]

Searley, A.W. Haccombe. Part 4 the Archpresbytery. Trans Dev Assoc, vol. 53 (1921) pp180-200.

Searley, A.W. Early archpriests at Haccombe. Trans Dev Assoc, vol. 58 (1926) pp289-298.


Church Records

According to Peskett, the earliest known registers date from 1821 - however, see below.

Parish Registers going back to 1859 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1812 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

The old register of Haccombe church. [Contents: births 1687-1757; baptisms 1779-1821; marriages 1773-1801]. Transcription (1984) [Westcountry Studies Library - x929.3/HAC/1687]

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Alphington, Ashcombe, Bishopsteignton, Chudleigh, Combeinteignhead, Dawlish, Dunchideock, East Ogwell, East Teignmouth, Exminster, Haccombe, Ide, Kenn, Kenton, Mamhead, Powderham, Shaldon, Shillingford St. George, Starcross, Stokeinteignhead, St. Thomas the Apostle (by Exeter), Trusham, West Ogwell and West Teignmouth. Includes Chudleigh United Reformed Church and East Teignmouth Zion Independent Chapel Burials. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Directory (1850) and Kelly's Directory of Devonshire (1902), CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2015). [Alphington Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1812-1837; Ashcombe Bapt: 1813-1841 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1783-1837; Bishopsteignton Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Chudleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Chudleigh United Reformed Chapel Bur: 1834-1836; Combeinteignhead Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1800-1837; Dawlish Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Dunchideock Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1756-1836 Bur: 1813-1851; East Ogwell Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; East Teignmouth Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; East Teignmouth Zion Independent Chapel Bur: 1809-1836; Exminster Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1813-1837; Haccombe Bapt: 1821-1842 Mar: 1773-1801 Bur: 1829-1839; Ide Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Kenn Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1813-1837; Kenton Bapt: 1813-1844 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Mamhead Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Powderham Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1835 Bur: 1785-1837; Shaldon Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Shillingford St. George Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1765-1837 Bur: 1680-1842; Starcross Bapt: 1815-1840 Mar: 1828-1837 Bur: 1828-1837; Stokeinteignhead Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1800-1837; St.Thomas the Apostle (by Exeter) Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Trusham Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1743-1837 Bur: 1750-1837; West Ogwell Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1843 Bur: 1813-1839; West Teignmouth Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837.]


Description & Travel

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

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Transcript of entry in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.

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.



Carew, Rivers. Footprints in the Sand: The Story of the Carews of Devon 1086-1945. DuBois Publishing (2018) 374pp. [ISBN 978-1-9998074-4-3]

Crabbe, William Richard. Notes & extracts relating to Haccombe Chapel & the Carew family. Manuscript (1865). [Westcountry Studies Library msx929.2/CAR]

Lega-Weekes, Ethel. The Mohun chronicle at Haccombe. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries (1906) 6p.

Phillipps, Thomas, Sir. Carew quarterings, pedigree of Carewe of Carewe Castle, Co. Pembroke, and Mohuns Ottery, Co, Devon, and the branches of Haccombe, Antony, Bury, and Crowcombe. Middle Hill: the author, 1830.

Searley, A.W. Haccombe, Trans. Devon. Assoc. 50, 1918, pp. 323-52. [Raymond: Includes Haccombe pedigree, 11-14th c.]

Searley, A.W. Haccombe, part 2 (1330-1440), Trans. Devon. Assoc. 51, 1919, pp. 181-210. [Raymond: Archdeacon family - Includes pedigree.] [Index - Part 2]

Searley, A.W. Haccombe, part 3 (1330-1440), Trans. Devon. Assoc.  52, 1920, pp. 310-26. [Raymond: Archdeacon family - Includes pedigree.] [Index - Part 3]

Searley, A.W. Haccombe, pts. 5-6: the Courtenay period (c.1400-1426), Trans. Devon. Assoc. 54, 1922, pp. 271-82; 55, 1923, pp. 242-51.

Searley, A.W. Haccombe, part 7: early Carew period, Trans. Devon. Assoc. 56, 1924, pp. 309-26.



The horse race story is told in for example: The King's England: Devon, by A. Mee (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1965, pp. 143-4) and in A history of Devonshire, by R.N. Worth (London: Elliot Stock, 1895, pp. 309-10).

Boyd, Martin H.A. and Patricia R.Whiteaway. Haccombe with Combeinteignhead parish history. [1986] [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/HAC/0001/BOY]

Carew, P. Combat and Carnival, Constable (1954) 255 pp. [Country House Life at Haccombe, 1790-1860. Includes extensive information about the Carew and Taylor families]

Searley, A.W. The manor and church of Haccombe in Devon. Collection of articles from Trans. Devon. Assoc. (1926) xxxiii,331p: ill,maps. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/HAC/0001/SEA]

Searley, A.W. Haccombe. Part 1 (1086-1330). Trans Dev Assoc, vol. 50 (1918) pp323-352.

Searley, A.W. Haccombe. Part 2 (1330-1440). Trans Dev Assoc, vol. 51, 1919, pp. 181-210.

Watkin, Hugh R. Haccombe. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 12:8, (1923) pp.366-384. [Additional to A.W. Searley's contributions in T.D.A. 1918-22.]



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