"HOLNE, a small village, on an eminence, on the south-western side of the Dart valley, 3½ miles W. of Ashburton, has in its parish 394 souls, and about 5000 acres of land, but only about 2300 acres are cultivated, and the rest consists of about 500 acres of wood, and 2200 acres of moorland, in Holne Chase, which extends about two miles into Dartmoor Forest, amidst some of the most magnificent scenery in Devon, where the Dart is seen foaming over its rocky bed, between steep and shelving banks, and lofty wooded hills. Sir B.P. Wrey, Bart., is lord of the manor, formerly held by the Audleys and Bourchiers, and has a hunting seat here, called Holne Chase House, in a singularly romantic situation. He owns most of the parish, which includes the hamlets of Michelcoombe and Stoke, and a number of scattered farms; and the Hunting Boxes called Holne Park and Holne Cottage. George Jarvis, Thos. Hamlyn, George Stranger, and a few others, have small freeholds here. The Church was built in the 13th century, and has an embattled tower and five bells. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Stanborough Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter. Regarded as part of both the South Hams and the Dartmoor area.



Pengelly, W. M. Kaufmann on Rev Canon Kingsley’s Birthplace. In Notes on Slips connected to Devonshire. Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1882, Vol XIV, pp. 596-597. [Transcript]

Williams, Helen French. From Dartmoor to Canada: a French family emigration. Dartmoor Magazine no. 45, (1996) pp.16-18: ill. [In 1852]

Rev. Charles Kingsley [Obituary]. Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 1875, Vol VII, pp. 52-57. [Transcript]



Brown, Mike. Holne (Pre-1950 Survey). In Dartmoor Region Monumental Inscriptions Indexes, Vol. 18. Dartmoor Press, PO Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL.



Census summary for 1801, to which a later hand has added population summaries for subsequent Holne census returns, transcribed by Mark Eastabrook.

Transcriptions of the Holne Census for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 by Brian Brassett.


Church History

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

Hughes, T. Cann. Vicars of Holne. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, p. 140. [Transcript]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1603 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcriptions of the Holne Baptisms, Marriages and Burials by Brian Brassett.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1842, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1801-36 - see Ashburton Circuit (PRO RG 4/840, 1763)
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Michelcombe: Registers for c1820-36 - see Ashburton Circuit (PRO RG 4/840, 1763)

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

The Deanery of Totnes: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials . . . with photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850, CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2009). [Ashprington: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Blackawton: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Buckfastleigh: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Cornworthy: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1840), Dartington: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dartmouth St. Clement: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dartmouth St. Petrox: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dartmouth St. Saviour: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dean Prior: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1755-1837), Bur (1790-1837), Diptford: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dittisham: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Halwell: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1755-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Harberton: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Holne: Bapt (1813-1842), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Rattery: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1800-1837), South Brent: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Stoke Fleming: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Totnes: Bapt (1813-1842), Mar (1754-1837), Bur: (1813-1837)]

Brown, Mike. Pre-1754 Marriage Index for Holne.. Dartmoor Press, P.O. Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL (1999)

Brown, Mike. Holne 1754-1812 Burials Index. Dartmoor Press, P.O. Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL (1999)

Whitburn-Brassett, Brian N. Christenings, Marriages and Burials 1597-1877, Diskette/Printout (2000). [SoG Library, Westcountry Studies Library] [Lookups]


Description & Travel

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

You can see pictures of Holne which are provided by:



Transcription of the entry in White's Devonshire Directory (1850) by Terry Partridge.

Brown, Mike. Trade Directory for Buckfastleigh & Holne 1850, 1870, 1878, Dartmoor Press (2001).



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



Dartmoor Press Online Magazine's page for this parish (archived copy), with articles, transcriptions, publication details, etc. - highly recommended.



Brown, Mike. Guide to the Heraldry on the Bourchier-Wrey Monument in the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Holne, Holne, St Mary the Virgin (2000).

Curiosus. The Heraldry of the Holne Pulpit. Notes and Gleanings - Devon and Cornwall 4 (1891) pp.29-32.



Royse, W.H.H. Holne, Dartmoor. (1920) [Westcountry Studies Library, Torquay Library]

A history of Holne written in the year of the silver jubilee . . Plymouth: St. Nicholas Books (1977) 64p: ill,maps. [Index]


Land & Property

Brown, Mike. Holne. In "Dartmoor Tithe Apportionments, Vol. 5". The Dartmoor Press (c1997) 16p.

Kain, Roger J.P. Landscape and Farming in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: extracts from the Tithe Files of two Moorland Edge Parishes - Holne (Dartmoor) and High Bray (Exmoor). In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.108-110.



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX705695 (Lat/Lon: 50.510929, -3.827758), Holne which are provided by:


Names, Personal

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



Holne Apprentices Register - 1804-1839, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF A230). [Foreword]


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Transcriptions of the Accounts of the Holne Overseers of the Poor by Brian Brassett.

Whitburn-Brassett, Brian N. Accounts of the Overseers of the Poor, Holne, Diskette/Printout (2000). [SoG Library, Westcountry Studies Library]



Whitburn-Brassett, Brian N. Hearth Tax, Holne, Diskette/Printout (2000). [SoG Library, Westcountry Studies Library] [Lookups]