"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.
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 book 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).
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]
Section on Holne from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Lockie.
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.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Holne to another place.
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.
You can see the administrative areas in which Holne has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
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]
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:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
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]
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]