"HITTISLEIGH is a hilly parish of scattered houses, about 8 miles W.S.W. of Crediton, and 13 miles W. by N. of Exeter. It contains 109 souls, and 1155A. 3R. 11P. of land. C. Calmady, Esq., is lord of the manor, which was anciently held by the Talbots, Londons, and Shilstons, but the soil is all freehold, and belongs to the Hole, Pedlar, Haydon, Gorwyn, Webber, and other families. The Church (St. Andrew,) has a tower and three bells, and was newly seated in 1839-'40, at the cost of £12O. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £6. 2s. 1d., and in 1831 at £94, is in the gift of C. Calmady, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Richard Holland, M.A., of Spreyton. The glebe is 30A., and the parsonage house is a small building, erected about 12 years ago, on the site of the old one, which was destroyed by fire." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)] 

Hittisleigh is in Wonford Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter.



Spear, Brian. Another Devonshire Pirate, Devon Family Historian, vol. 182, (2022) p.23. [Edward Bellamy (1689-1717)]



Snetzler, M.F. North Devon Surname Index to the Census. Microfiche: M.F. Snetzler. [Covers 1881 census records for this parish]


Church History

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


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1676 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1676 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

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

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1676-1837, and Marriages 1678-1837.

The Deanery of Dunsford: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Ashton, Bridford, Chagford, Cheriton Bishop, Christow, Doddiscombsleigh, Drewsteignton, Dunsford, Gidleigh, Hittisleigh, Holcombe Burnell, South Tawton, Spreyton, Tedburn St. Mary, Throwleigh and Whitestone. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850. CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2009). [Ashton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1740-1837; Bridford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Chagford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Cheriton Bishop Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1841, Bur: 1813-1837; Christow Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1757-1844, Bur: 1813-1837; Doddiscombsleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1836, Bur: 1780-1837; Drewsteignton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Dunsford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Gidleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1748-1812 (BT's), Mar: 1814-1837, Bur: 1813-1884; Hittisleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1839; Holcombe Burnell Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1753-1837; South Tawton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Spreyton Bapt: 1803-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Tedburn St. Mary Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Throwleigh Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Whitestone Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837.]


Description & Travel

Section on Hittisleigh 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.



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



The Early History of Some Farms in Hittisleigh, by Sophia Lambert.

Freeman, E.V. Footprints of medieval life in a mid-Devon district. Exeter Dioc. Arch. Soc. Trans. 3rd ser, vol.4 (1924) pp. 97-109.



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Names, Personal

Hittisleigh contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.