"IDEFORD, a small village, in a well-wooded valley, on the west side of Little Haldon hill, 2 miles S.E. of Chudleigh, has in its parish 331 souls, and 1471A. 3R. 16P. of land, including 633A. of wood, and 108A. on Haldon Common. Lord Clifford is lord of the manor but the soil is freehold, and belongs partly to the Templer, Whiteway, Burd, Endacott, Bowden, Hunter, and Watts families. The Church (St. Mary,) is a small antique fabric, with a tower and three bells. It is about to be thoroughly repaired, and its screen, roof, and pulpit are finely carved. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £17. 13s. 9d., and in 1831 at £270, is in the patronage of T.B. Owen, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. E.B. St. John, M.A., who has 63A. of glebe, and a handsome residence, repaired and partly rebuilt in 1845. The tithes were commuted in 1839 for £270 per annum. The poor have 18s. a year out of land called Hayes, left by Humphrey Borrington, in 1589. The Church House, occupied by paupers, and five dwellings, with gardens, &c., let for only £8. 18s. per annum, (in consideration of fines paid when the leases were granted,) have long been vested in trust for the use of the poor, who have also the interest of £100, left by Dr. Jenkins, in 1821." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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


Church History

Williams, H.F. Fulford. Rectors of Ideford. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 25 (1952-53) pp.191-194.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1598 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1598 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1800-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1598-1837, and Marriages 1598-1837.

An index of baptisms (1813-1839), marriages (1754-1837) and burials (1813-1837) in the parishes of Ashburton, Bickington, Bovey Tracey, Buckland in the Moor, Hennock, Highweek, Ideford, Ilsington, Kingsteignton, Lustleigh, Manaton, Moretonhampstead, North Bovey, Teigngrace and Widecombe in the Moor. Photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850., CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2011). [Ashburton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Ashburton Independent Chapel Bapt: 1817-1839; Bickington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1771-1837; Bovey Tracey Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Bovey Tracey Baptist Chapel, Bur: 1784-1837; Buckland in the Moor Bapt: 1813-1851, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1737-1840; Hennock Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Highweek Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; Ideford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; llsington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Kingsteignton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Lustleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1785-1837; Manaton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1843; Moretonhampstead Bapt: 1813 1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; North Bovey Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Teigngrace Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Widecombe in the Moor Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837]


Description & Travel

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

Green, Christina. Walking in Ideford. Devon Life vol. 10 no. 81 (1973) pp.32; ill.

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Copy provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.



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



Bond, Sue. Research Corner, Devon Family Historian, vol. 178, (2021) pp.36-37. [Sweetnam]



Jones, John Pike. Historical and monumental antiquities ... hundred of Teignbridge (Extracts on Ideford from orig. at Bodleian.). Photocopy (19--) [Westcountry Studies Library - msfB/IDE/0001/JON]

Williams, H. Fulford. Ideford through the centuries. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 87 (1955) pp77-89: ill,map.



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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX894774 (Lat/Lon: 50.585826, -3.563665), Ideford which are provided by:


Probate Records

Will of Humphrey Berington (1622), provided by John Moore.