Holcombe Rogus


"HOLCOMBE-ROGUS is a village and parish, adjoining the Great Western Canal and the borders of Somerset, 6 miles W.S.W. of Wellington, and 8½ miles N.E. by E. of Tiverton. It comprises 843 souls, and 3024 acres of land, generally fertile and hilly, and abounding in limestone. A market and fair, granted to this parish in 1343, have long been obsolete. At Domesday Survey, the manor was held by Rogo or Rogus, under Baldwin the Sheriff. For some centuries, it has been the seat of the Bluett family. P.F. Bluett, Esq., the present lord of the manor and owner of most of the parish, resides at Holcombe Court, the ancient manor house, which is in Gothic style, with a tower. The west wing was taken down in 1845, and the rest of the mansion has lately been repaired. The Church (All Saints,) is a fine ancient structure, with an embattled tower and five bells. In a chapel at the east end are two marble tombs, with recumbent effigies of four members of the Bluett family. The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £10. 10s. 2½d., and in 1831 at £240, is in the patronage of P.F. Bluett, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Wm.. Wills, M.A. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]


Church History

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


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1540 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1844, 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.]


Description & Travel

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

You can see pictures of Holcombe Rogus which are provided by:



Transcriptions by Richard Farmer of Holcombe Rogus entries in the following directories for Kelly's 1866, Morris 1870, Harrod's 1878, Kelly's 1883, White's 1890, Kelly's 1902, Kelly's 1906, Kelly's 1910 and Kelly's 1919.



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



The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is John Hurford, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: PRs on fiche.)

The Warrens - Chair Making in Holcombe Rogus, by David Causey.

Ashworth Edward. The manor house of Holcombe Court and the church of Holcombe Rogus, Devon, Exeter Diocesan Architect. and Archaeol. Soc. Trans. 1st series 6 1861, pp. 235-49. [Bluett family, 11-19th c.]

Rowe, J.Y. Rowe, Methuen, Howard families and Holcombe Court. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 30 (5), 1966, pp. 136-38..



Brooke-Webb, Michael. Holcombe Rogus Devon, A short parish history from 958AD. Michael Brooke-Webb, Holcombe Rogus (2010) 56p. [Published for the benefit of church funds. Available from the author, Linfield House, Holcombe Rogus, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 0PD]

Downes, Rev. W. The Fossils of the Culm Measure Limestones around Holcombe Rogus. Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1878, Vol. X, pp. 330-334. [Index]

Downes, Rev. W. The Limestones of Westleigh and Holcombe Rogus. Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1879, Vol XI, illus., plan, pp. 433-441. [Index]

Gabriel, Andrew and Fletcher, Barbara. Holcombe Rogus - A history and lists of the residents and amounts owed from: 1332 Subsidy List, 1524 Subsidy and 1662 Hearth Tax. (1986) 30p.

Mansfield, Estrith. Our Village. The history of Holcombe Rogus, Devon. [With illustrations], pp. 57. [The Author: Tiverton, 1952]. [BL: 010368.df.62.] [SoG Library (DE/LOC)]

Weston, Brian. Captured in Time: Memories of a Devon village, Author (2003). [DFHS Library - 942.35/HOL]


Land & Property

Scott-Fox, Charles. Holcombe Court: A Bluett Family Mansion. [SoG DE/7 171]



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST056190 (Lat/Lon: 50.962663, -3.345592), Holcombe Rogus which are provided by:


Probate Records

Transcript of the will of Hugh Talbot (1836), of John Talbot (1837) and James Bucknell (1855) by Diane Harris.

Transcript of the will of William Gibbens (1619) provided by Christine Gibbins.

Transcript of the will of Hannah Bulgin (1825) provided by Ros Dunning.