"HOCKWORTHY, a small scattered vilage, near the borders of Somerset, 7 miles W.S.W. of Wellington, and 8 miles N.E. of Tiverton, has in its parish 369 souls, and 2526 acres of land, picturesquely undulated, and including the small hamlets of Staple-Cross and Lea; and abounding in lime and excellent building stone, of which latter troughs &c., are made. The rectorial tithes and the farm of Hockford (112A.) formerly belonged to Canonleigh Abbey, but most of the former have now been sold to the land owners, and the latter belongs to Dr. E.B. Troyte, together with other parts of the parish. The other principal freeholders are Chas. and Godfrey Webster, Esqrs., and Mr. Jas. Talbot, Esq. The old manor house, called Court Hall, is the seat of G. Webster, Esq. The Church is an ancient building, except the tower, which was rebuilt in 1848, at the cost of £150, and contains three bells." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Bampton Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter.



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

Farrington, Susan Maria. Hockworthy Headstones, Colden Publications (2014) 178 pp.


Church History

Listing of Curates and Rectors provided by Kathryn Barnett.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1577 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Due to Hockworthy's proximity to the Somerset border, it is worth checking Somerset PRs of all parishes along the border for relevant entries.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Bampton, Bickleigh, Burlescombe, Calverleigh, Clayhanger, Culmstock, Halberton, Hockworthy, Holcombe Rogus, Huntsham, Loxbeare, Morebath, Petton Chapelry, Sampford Peverell, Tiverton St. Peter, Tiverton Cove, Uffculme, Uplowman, Washfield and Willand. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White’s Directory (1850) and Kelly’s Directory of Devonshire (1902), CD-ROM 064, Exeter, Devon FHS (2016). [Bampton Bapt: 1813-1838 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1814-1838; Bickleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1836 Bur: 1800-1837; Burlescombe Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1838 Bur: 1813-1837; Calverleigh Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1757-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Clayhanger Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1833 Bur: 1750-1852; Culmstock Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Halberton Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Hockworthy Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1759-1837 Bur: 1813-1838; Holcombe Rogus Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1844 Bur: 1813-1837; Huntsham Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1755-1836 Bur: 1750-1838; Loxbeare Bapt: 1813-1841 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1983; Morebath Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1800-1837; Petton Chapelry Bampton Parish Bapt: 1813-1839 Bur: 1813-1861; Sampford Peverell Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Tiverton St Peter Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Tiverton Cove Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1682-1837 Bur: 1815-1837; Uffculme Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1783-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Uplowman Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Washfield Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1800-1837; Willand Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1800-1837.]

Farringdon, Susan Maria (comp.). Hockworthy: MIs and B 1578-2014, (2014). [SoG Library: DE/M 5]


Court Records

The Queen against the Inhabitants of Hockworthy. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's Bench (11 Nov 1837) pp.292-501. [Full transcription] [An interesting account of the Kings Bench opinion on the appeal against, and quashing of, the removal order placed on Elizabeth Thorn, widow of John Thorn.]


Description & Travel

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

You can see pictures of Hockworthy which are provided by:



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

Entry in White's Devonshire Directory for 1878, provided by Nigel Batty-Smith.



The manor of Hockworthy appears to have been held by the following families: Chivathorn; Bernevill/ Barnville; Cooke; the Beres of Huntsham; Catford; the Radcliffe family, later of Warleigh. The manor was purchased from the Radcliffes by Mrs. Jane Bluett, widow of the Rev. Charles Bluett, of Holcombe Rogus, who gave it to her nephew, Charles Webster, Esq.



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST039195 (Lat/Lon: 50.966876, -3.369925), Hockworthy which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Listing of Removal Orders and Settlement Certificates involving persons from Hockworthy, compiled by Kathryn Barnett.


Probate Records

Listing of Estate Duty and PCC wills, compiled by Kathryn Barnett.

Transcript of the Will of Reverend William Frederick Newman vicar of Hockworthy in the county of Devon, from Newfoundland will books.

Transcription of the will of William Newman, of South Town Dartmouth, 1867, from Newfoundland's Grand Banks Genealogy Site.