"HONEYCHURCH, a small parish, 7 miles E. by S. of Hatherleigh, has only 69 souls, and about 500 acres of land. The Hon. Newton Fellowes is lord of the manor; but part of the soil belongs to and is occupied by Richard Sloman and Thomas and Wm. Brook. The other resident farmers are John Sloman and Saml. Vanstone. The Church is a small structure, and the rectory, valued in K.B. at £6. 7s. 8d., and in 1831 at £79, is in the gift of J. Alliston, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Hodgson Brailsford, LL.B., of Exbourne. The glebe is 50A., and the tithes were commuted, in 1841, for £48 per annum." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Black Torrington Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter.


Church History

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

Prideaux, Edith K. The church of St. James the Less, Honeychurch. Exeter Diocesan Architectural Soc. Trans. 3 ser, v. 3, (1913) pp.106-117; plates.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1728 are held in the Devon Record Office.

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

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

Evans, G.E. Honeychurch 1610-18 (Bishops Transcripts), Devon Notes and Queries, vol. 3, (1898) pp.29-30.

The Deanery of Okehampton: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Ashbury, Beaworthy, Belstone, Bratton Clovelly, Broadwoodkelly, Exbourne, Germansweek, Hatherleigh, Highampton, Honeychurch, Inwardleigh, Jacobstowe,Monkokehampton, Northlew, Okehampton and Sampford Courtenay. Photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850. CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2011). [Ashbury Mar: 1755-1810; Beaworthy Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1758-1837, Bur: 1760-1837; Belstone Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1835, Bur: 1813-1837; Bratton Clovelly Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Broadwoodkelly Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1839, Bur: 1813-1838; Exbourne Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Germansweek Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1756-1837, Bur: 1813-1840; Hatherleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Highampton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1747-1837, Bur: 1813-1839; Honeychurch Bapt: 1813-1842, Mar: 1757-1837, Bur: 1813-1842; Inwardleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1790-1837; Jacobstowe Bapt: 1813-1852, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1851; Monkokehampton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; Northlew Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Okehampton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Okehampton Independent Chapel Bur: 1829-1837; Sampford Courtenay Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837.]


Description & Travel

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

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



Worthy, Charles. Wykes of Northwyke, Weekes of Honeychurch and Cheverston of Cheverston, Wray, East Ayshe and Ilton. In Devonshire Wills, London: Bemrose (1896) 516 pp. [Transcription by Harry Wykes]



Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Honeychurch, Devon. Typescript (1950) 8 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]


Land & Property

Index of Heads of Households in Devonshire: Honeychurch, P.O. Box 339, Blackburn, Victoria, Australia 3130, Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies (2000). [As recorded in Land Tax records 1780-1832]



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Names, Personal

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


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Lethbridge, R. Poor Law Administration at Honeychurch during the Eighteenth Century. Devon Notes and Queries 1 (1900-01) pp.54-57. [Index]