"HIGHWEEK parish includes Newton-Bushell, and is a suburb of Newton-Abbot, . . . [which] is an ancient market town, picturesquely seated on the north side of the navigable river Teign, and near the South Devon Railway, 15 miles S. by W. of Exeter, . . . NEWTON BUSHEL . . . has more than a 1000 inhabitants and forms the northern part of the town, on the opposite side of the Lemon rivulet. . . . The Rev. Richard Lane is lord of the manor of Teignweek, including Newton-Bushel, in Highweek parish. . . . Bradley House, the ancient manor house, is now the property of the Rev. F.W. Wall, B.C.L., lord of the manor of Highweek. . . . Highweek Parish Church is in the small village of Highweek, on an eminence about a mile north of the town. It is an ancient structure, with an embattled tower and six bells. It is in the perpendicular style of the time of Henry VI., and in its windows are some remnants of ancient stained glass. The benefice is a perpetual curacy, consolidated with the vicarage of King's Teignton, in the patronage of the Bishop, and incumbency of the Rev. H. Woolcoombe, jun., for whom the Rev. W. Sadler, B.A., officiates. . . . Newton-Bushel Chapel of Ease, for that part of the parish of Highweek, is an old Gothic fabric, which was repaired and enlarged in 1826, and has a tower and one bell. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

Also known as Teignweek. A parish in Haytor Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter.


Archives & Libraries

Newton Abbot Town & GWR Museum - summary details.



Brooking-Rowe, J. (Ed.) William Vicary. [Obituary] . vol. XXXVI, (1904), p. 40. [Transcript]

Brooking-Rowe, J. (Ed.) Lewis Bearne [Obituary] . vol. XXXVII, (1905), p. 32. [Transcript]

Brooking-Rowe, J. (Ed.) Rev Samuel George Harris [Obituary] . vol. XXXIX, (1907), pp. 40-41. [Transcript]

Harpley, W. Samuel Posgate Knowles [Obituary]. Trans. Devon. Assoc, 1889, Vol XXI, pp.70-71. [Transcript]

Harpley, W. Emma Knowles [Obituary]. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 26, (1894) pp.43. [Musician] [Transcript]

Harpley, W. William Knowles [Obituary]. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 29, (1897) pp.44. [Gentry] [Transcript]

Scott, C.G. Richard Beard, Newton Abbot and the growth of photography. Hist. Photography; 15:1 (1991) pp.13-15: ill.

Sells, Rosemary. From seedtime to harvest: the life of Frank Horne, 1904-1975. Cambridge: Hobsons Press (1978) [ISBN 0860212777]

Thomas Foster Barham, MB. (Cantab.) [Obituary]. Transactions of the Devonshire Association , 1869, Vol. III, pp. 37-41. [Transcript]



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


Church History

Website of Newton Abbot Benefice - made up of "St Paul's Devon Square, St Mary's Wolborough, All Saints Highweek, St Bartholomew's East Ogwell and St Lukes Milber".

Cornelius, C.F. Ancient Devon Parish Churches Within a Ten Mile Radius of Newton Abbot. (1946) [Westcountry Studies Library]

Woolner, Diana. Lady Mary's Chapel [Newton Bushel], Newton Abbot, Newton Abbot, The Author (1983) [4]p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library p726.4/NEW/WOO]

Woolner, Diana. Lady Mary's Chapel (Newton Bushel), Newton Abbot. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 36:03, (1988) pp.97-101: ill.


Church Records

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

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): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1838, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

  • Highweek Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1811-37 - see Brixham Circuit, Teignmouth (PRO RG 4/842, 1220)
  • Newton Bushell Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1811-37 - see Brixham, Teignmouth (PRO RG 4/842, 1220)

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Marriages 1609-1617, 1631-1638, 1654-1837. (These entries are in part from Bishops' Transcripts.)

Highweek burials 1653-1812Highweek christenings 1653-1812, and Highweek marriages 1654-1754 - SoG Data Online DE/REG (SoG Members only).

An index of baptisms (1813-1839), marriages (1754-1837) and burials (1813-1837) in the parishes of Ashburton, Bickington, Bovey Tracey, Buckland in the Moor, Hennock, Highweek, Ideford, Ilsington, Kingsteignton, Lustleigh, Manaton, Moretonhampstead, North Bovey, Teigngrace and Widecombe in the Moor. Photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850., CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2011). [Ashburton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Ashburton Independent Chapel Bapt: 1817-1839; Bickington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1771-1837; Bovey Tracey Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Bovey Tracey Baptist Chapel, Bur: 1784-1837; Buckland in the Moor Bapt: 1813-1851, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1737-1840; Hennock Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Highweek Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; Ideford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; llsington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Kingsteignton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Lustleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1785-1837; Manaton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1843; Moretonhampstead Bapt: 1813 1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; North Bovey Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Teigngrace Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Widecombe in the Moor Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837]

Harris, Rev, S.G. Gleanings from a Parish Chest. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 16 (1884), pp. 662-669. [Index]


Description & Travel

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

Jones, Roger. A Book of Newton Abbott. (3rd ed.) Bradford-on-Avon: Ex Libris (1986) 147p: ill. [ISBN 0948578068]

Newton Abbot Town Council. Newton Abbot official guide. Gloucester: British Publish. (1993) 112p: ill, map. [Torquay Library - D974]

Tozer, Fred. Fred Tozer's Newton Abbot album. Exeter: Obelisk Publications (1993) 48p: chiefly ill. [ISBN 0946651736]

You can see pictures of Highweek which are provided by:



Karkeek, Paul Q. Witchcraft at Newton. In: Recent cases of supposed witchcraft in Devonshire. Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 1875, Vol VII, pp. 267-268. [Transcript]



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



Worthy, C. Devonshire Parishes: or the antiquities, heraldry and family history of twenty-eight parishes in the archdeaconry of Totnes (2 vols), Exeter, W. Pollard (1887). [Chap. XXVI: Highweek with Newton Bushel - LUCAS the Butler; BUSHEL; YARDE; Bradley House; YARDE of Traysbeare; manor of Moore and Perry] [Index]



Brief history and photograph of St Michael's Home For Boys, Highweek, provided by The Children's society.

Beavis, Derek. Newton Abbot: the story of the town's past. Buckingham: Barracuda,1985, 120 pp. ill., 1 coat of arms, facsims., maps, ports. ; 27 cm. ISBN: 0860232360.

Berry, Les and Gerald Gosling. Around Newton Abbot in old photographs. Chalford: Chalford Publishing (1994) 160p: chiefly ill.

Cresswell, B.F. Newton Abbot (Devon) and its Neighbouring Villages, including Chudleigh. (1908) [Westcountry Studies Library, Plymouth Central Library, Torquay Central Library]

Harris, Rev, S.G. Notes on the History of Highweek. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 16 (1884), pp. 435-443. [Index]

Jones, Roger. A book of Newton Abbot (Rev. and corrected ed.). Bradford on Avon: Ex Libris,1981, 152 pp. 2 maps, 1 plan. ISBN: 0950656305 (pbk).

Rhodes, A.J. Newton Abbot: Its history and development, etc. Newton Abbot: Mid Devon Times (c1904) xvi,272p: ill,maps,pors. [Westcountry Studies Library - B/NEW 1/0001/RHO]

Searley, A.W. Notes on Newton Abbot. A collection of articles from Transactions Devon. Assoc. [1940] 296p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/NEW 1/0001/SEA]

Stirling, D. M. A History of Newton-Abbot and Newton-Bushel, and also illustrations ... of the neighbourhood, including Teignmouth, Torquay and Chudleigh. pp. xi. 179. W. Forord: Newton-Abbot, 1830. 8o. BL 10352.a.37.

Townsend, Elsie. Memories of Newton Abbot. Exeter: Obelisk Publications (1987) 48p: ill,maps. [ISBN 0946651175]

Unsworth, Harry. A new look at old Newton Abbot. Coffinswell: Mike Bateson (1993) vi,130p: ill,maps. [ISBN0952168901]

Worthy, Charles. Devonshire Parishes. Exeter: William Pollard (1887) - Vol. 2, pp. 276- 306.



Watkin, Hugh R. The early history of Bradley Manor. Trans. Devonshire Association (1926) p245-256.



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX851721 (Lat/Lon: 50.537352, -3.622742), Highweek which are provided by:


Names, Personal

There are some Newton Bushel names in this listing of Newton Abbot Names from an 1822-23 edition of Pigot's Directory.

Highweek Parish Poor Rate Assessment - 1825, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D049). [Foreword]



Allen, Jenepher. Seale Hayne: Shell Shock, Agriculture and the women's Land Army, Devon Family Historian, vol. 163, (2017) pp.11-12. 

Forster, Rowena. Knowles Hill School: a history from 1904 to 1995. Newton Abbot?]: [The School?] (1995) vi, 304p: ill, ports. [Westcountry Studies Library - s373/NEW/FOR] [Index]

Watts, Richard. A history of Wolborough Hill School, 1877-1977 [Newton Abbot]: (1977) 48p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - p373/NEW/WAT]