"ILSINGTON, a small village, on an eminence on the eastern side of Dartmoor, nearly 6 miles N.N.E. of Ashburton, has in its hilly parish 1093 inhabitants, and 7563 acres of land, including the scattered hamlets of Haytor-Vale, Higher Brimley, Sigford, Leveton, Harford, Cold-East, and Knighton-Beaumont; about 600 acres of modern plantations: and 1080 acres of open common, among the rugged hills of Dartmoor, where the Haytor Granite Rocks rear their lofty heads, and command from their summits the most diversified and splendid views in the county. . . . The Duke of Somerset owns a great part of the parish, and is lord of the manor of Haytor. C.H. Monro, Esq., is lord of the manor of Akesdon, now called Ingsdon, where he has a handsome seat. Lord Cranstoun, of Scotland, owns Bagtor, where he occasionally resides in the ancient manor house, formerly the seat of the Beares and Fords. . . . The Church (St. Michael,) is a plain ancient structure, with a tower and five bells. The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £17. 9s. 7d., and in 1831 at £365, is in the incumbency of the Rev. Charles Masham, M.A., of Caversfield, Bucks. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Teignbridge Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter. Regarded as part of the Dartmoor area.
Rands, Susan. Thomas Henry Lyon, architect of Middlecott, Ilsington (1869-1953). Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 37:07, (1995) pp.220-8, 37:08, (1995) pp.252-6.
Dymond, Robert & Hawker, Rev Treasurer. John Ford, Dramatist. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 8 (1876) pp. 420-426. [Index]
Taylor, Keith. Devon Customs, Devon Family Historian, vol. 146, (2013) pp.33-34. [William Bickford Taylor, Excise Officer]
MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.
A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Methodist Church is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 5 of Devon Memorial inscriptions (DE/M18), and for the Church of St Michael in Vol. 9.
Brown, Mike. Ilsington Chapel (Full Survey), Ilsington (Full Survey). In Dartmoor Region Monumental Inscriptions Indexes, Vols. 20, 21.. Dartmoor Press, PO Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL.
Ransom, P.J & W.H. Methodist church, Ilsington, Devon: monumental inscriptions and memorials. Ilsington: P.J.Ransom (1986) 8p.. [Westcountry Studies Library - px929.5/ILS/RAN]
Ransom, P.J & W.H. St. Michael's church, Ilsington, Devon: monumental inscriptions and memorials. Ilsington: P.J.Ransom (1984) 1 vol. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.5/ILS/RAN]
Ilsington - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).
Harding, W. On the Churches of Lustleigh and Ilsington. (1854) 18p, plates: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx726.5/DEV/HAR]
Harding, William. The churches of Lustleigh and Ilsington. Exeter Diocesan Architectural Soc. Trans. 1 ser, v. 5, (1856) pp.77-94. [Index]
Jones, Winslow. Account of the rectory and vicarage of Ilsington and list of early rectors. Notes & Gleanings, vol 3, (1890) p85.
St Michael's Church, Ilsington. [SoG Library Devon Tracts Box]
Parish Registers going back to 1558 are held in the Devon Record Office.
Indexed ranscripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1558 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 1813-1838 - for details see their book list.
The members' area of the Devon FHS website makes available online images, not at present (Jan 2016) available elsewhere, of the Parish Registers covering Ilsington Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1558-1634, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1628-1688, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1687-1778, Baptisms and Burials: 1779-1812, Baptisms: 1813-1845, Baptisms: 1845-1914, Marriages and Banns:1754-1777, Marriages and Banns:1777-1812, Marriages:1813-1837, Marriages:1837-1915, Banns:1823-1899, Burials: 1813-1868, Burials: 1869-1915.
Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):
- Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1801-36 - see Ashburton Circuit, Okehampton (PRO RG 4/1763, 840)
- Wesleyan Chapel, Knighton: Registers for c1815-37 - see Ashburton Circuit, Okehampton (PRO RG 4/840, 1089)
Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1558-1837, and Marriages 1558-1837.
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]
Transcription provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.
Brown, Mike. Trade Directory for Buckland in the Moor, Ilsington, Lustleigh, Manaton, North Bovey, Widecombe 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 Ilsington to another place.
This parish is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.
Dartmoor Press Online Magazine's page for this parish (archived copy), with articles, transcriptions, publication details, etc. - highly recommended.
Avery, Graham. Lost and Found - after a hundred years: A "Tommy" in the family - Thomas Avery (1899-1917), Devon Family Historian, vol. 166, (2018) pp.18-19.
Barnes, John Denley. The Denley Family of Devon, Devon Family Historian, vol. 123, (2007) pp.37-38.
Cox, Catherine. Haytor Vale 1891, Devon Family Historian, vol. 133, (2010) p.13. [Transcript of letter by Helena Myra Cox, and family photograph.]
Cox, Catherine. Haytor Vale 1891, Devon Family Historian, vol. 134, (2010) p.3.
You can see the administrative areas in which Ilsington has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
Donne, Roger. A Note from the Ilsington Parish Registers, Devon Family Historian, vol. no. 178, (2021) pp.19-21. [Account of a 1639 school building collapse, naming the pupils - who all survived unharmed.]
Patch, J.D.H. A History and Description of the Parish of Ilsington containing much of interest to visitors to Hay Tor Vale and its Rock. Newton Abbot: Mid Devon Times (1925) 23p,9p plates: ill,map. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/ILS/1925/PAT]
Ransom, Bill. A History of Ilsington, Chichester, Phillimore (2005) 112 pp. [ ISBN : 1 86077 351 6]
Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Ilsington, Devon. Typescript (1962) 10 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]
Wills, Dick. The Book of Ilsington - A Photographic History of the Parish, Tiverton, Halsgrove Community History Series (2000) 160 pp., over 300 photographs. [Index]
Brown, Mike. Ilsington. In "Dartmoor Tithe Apportionments, Vol. 5". The Dartmoor Press (c1997) 16p.
Elliot, John. Homes and gardens - bagtor, Ilsington. Devon Life vol. 9 no. 77 (1972) pp.20-22; ill.
View a map of the boundaries of this town/parish.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX785761 (Lat/Lon: 50.571972, -3.71714), Ilsington 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.)
War Memorials at Ilsington Methodist Chapel, transcribed by John Williams.
Avery, Graham. Thomas Avery (1889-1917): Great War soldier's grave visited, Devon Family Historian, vol. 167, (2018) pp.36.
Amery, Peter Fabyan Spark. The Haytor Volunteers: their history and development. Totnes Times & Western Guardian (1888) 26p. [Westcountry Studies Library - p355.37/DEV/AME
Toor, Cecil. Index to the Names of the Male Inhabitants over 18 Years of Age in the Parishes of Moretonhampstead, Hennock, Lustleigh, South Bovey otherwise Bovey Tracey, North Bovey, Manaton, Ilsington, and Widecombe in the Moor, in the years 1641, 1642. Cambridge University Press, . pp. 11. 22 cm.
Ellis, D.M. Ilsington Charities. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 31 (1968-70 pp.184-185.
Ransom, Bill. Ilsington charities - part 1: parish lands. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 39,1 (2002) pp. 26-30. [Discussion of the history charitable bequests and donations made in the form of land or buildings in the parish of Ilsington, Devon.]
Starkey, F.H. and Meredrew, M.H. The Highways of Ilsington. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 34, 5 (1980) pp.203-208 and 34, 6 (1980) pp.240-244.
Henwood, J. Ilsington Parish Register, Devon Family Historian 74 (May 1995) pp. 30-31.
M., R.B. Ilsington: Accident in 1639. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 11 (1920-21) pp.275-277. [Index]