"HIGH HAMPTON, a small village, on a bold eminence, 4 miles W. of Hatherleigh, has in its parish 365 souls, and 3200 acres of land. J.M. Woolcombe, Esq., is lord of the manor, but Sir J.H. Williams and C. Burdon have estates here. The latter resides at Burdon, which has been held by his family since the reign of Richard I. The Church (Holy Cross,) is a small structure, which was partly rebuilt in 1833, and has a tower and three bells. An ancient Norman doorway is preserved. The rectory. valued in K.B. at £18. 19s. 4½d., and in 1831 at £212, is in the patronage of J.M. Woolcombe, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Henry Woolcombe, M.A., who has held it since 1810, and rebuilt the Rectory House about 16 years ago. The glebe is 140 acres, and the tithes were commuted in 1844, for £197. 10s. per annum. The poor have the interest of £14. A small National School was built in 1834." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Black Torrington Hundred, and the Archdeaconry of Totnes and Diocese of Exeter.


Church History

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


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1653 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Indexed transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1654, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1609, are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1747-1837, Burials 1813-1839 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1609-1837 Marriages 1633, 1657-1701, 1714, 1735-1837.

The Deanery of Okehampton: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Ashbury, Beaworthy, Belstone, Bratton Clovelly, Broadwoodkelly, Exbourne, Germansweek, Hatherleigh, Highampton, Honeychurch, Inwardleigh, Jacobstowe,Monkokehampton, Northlew, Okehampton and Sampford Courtenay. Photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850. CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2011). [Ashbury Mar: 1755-1810; Beaworthy Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1758-1837, Bur: 1760-1837; Belstone Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1835, Bur: 1813-1837; Bratton Clovelly Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Broadwoodkelly Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1839, Bur: 1813-1838; Exbourne Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Germansweek Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1756-1837, Bur: 1813-1840; Hatherleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Highampton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1747-1837, Bur: 1813-1839; Honeychurch Bapt: 1813-1842, Mar: 1757-1837, Bur: 1813-1842; Inwardleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1790-1837; Jacobstowe Bapt: 1813-1852, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1851; Monkokehampton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; Northlew Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Okehampton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Okehampton Independent Chapel Bur: 1829-1837; Sampford Courtenay Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837.]


Description & Travel

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

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



Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Highampton, Devon. Typescript (1963) 5 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]



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Probate Records

Transcription of the will of James Parsons (1852) provided by Sheila Howard.

Will of Richard Scott (1818), transcribed by Roy Drew.