"JACOBSTOWE, a pleasant village, in the valley of the river Okement, 3½ miles S.E. of Hatherleigh, has in its parish 309 souls, and 2836 acres of land. Thomas Burton, Esq., of Yarmouth, is lord of the manor; but a great part of the soil belongs to the Wayford, Luxmore, Ash, and other families. The Church (St. James,) is a small neat fabric, with a tower and four bells. It has monuments belonging to the Oxendon and Burton families, and a handsome one, erected in 1849, to the memory of Lady Ellen Astley, wife of Lewis P. Madden, M.D., late of Clifton, Gloucestershire. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £11. 4s. 4½d., and in 1831 at £201, is in the patronage of J.R. Vincent, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. John Vincent, M.A., who has 80 acres of glebe, and a neat residence. The tithes have been commuted for £174 per annum." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1586 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).

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 Jacobstowe 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.



The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Linda Anstey, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: PRs on fiche.)



"Jacobstowe, as Jacobescherche, is remarkable as being not only one of the 'Devenescire' manors which did not change hands at the Conquest, but as belonging to a Saxon lady, Alveva, and as being the seat of a Saxon church". [Worth, R.N. A History of Devonshire, With Sketches of Leading Worthies, London, Elliot Stock (1886) p.165.]

Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Jacobstowe, Devon. Typescript (1963) 7 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]

The Devonshire Domesday and Geld Inquest: Extensions, Translations, and Indices (2 vols.)., Plymouth, Devonshire Association (1884-1892) xlix + 1236 + 29 pp. [Jacobstowe extract]



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS586016 (Lat/Lon: 50.796665, -4.007752), Jacobstowe which are provided by:


Military History

Photograph of the Jacobstowe War Memorial and transcript the names inscribed thereon, from the Roll of Honour website


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Settlements, Apprenticeships, etc. - records from other parishes with references to Jacobstowe families, compiled by Kathryn Barnett.


Probate Records

PCC Wills: William Yolland, Gentleman (PROB 11/201 1647), Roger Burges, Mariner (PROB 11/323, 1667).