"KENTISBEARE, or Kentisbeer, three miles E. by N. of Collumpton, is a considerable village, sheltered on the west by lofty hills. Its parish contains 1184 souls and about 4000 acres of land, including Sainthill hamlet and many scattered farm houses, &c. . . . It has a fair on Whit Monday; an Agricultural Association; and an Assembly Room. The Trustees of the late Earl Of Egremont are patrons of the rectory and lords of the manor, formerly held by the Punchardson, Furneaux, Bonville, and other families. They own a great part of the soil, and the rest belongs to various freeholders. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £27. 18s. 11½d., and in 1831 at £585, is in the incumbency of the Rev. R.A. Roberts, M.A., who has 61A. of glebe and a good residence, built in 1840. The tithes were commuted in 1841, for £400 per annum. The Church (St. Mary,) is a fine ancient structure, with a beautiful screen, and several monumental memorials of the Eveleigh and other families. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



Rugg, Derrick V. Across cobble-stones, Padstow, Tabb House (1983) [5],64p : ill, plates. [ISBN: 090701819x] [Personal reminiscences]



Chalk, E.S. Devonshire Association Parochial Histories of Devonshire Nos. 3-4: Kentisbeare and Blackborough. (1934) [Westcountry Studies Library - msB/KEN/0001/CHA] [Church MIs pp. 64-70]


Church History

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

Gowers, Ian. The Sermon of Richard Saunders of Kentisbeare, 1651. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.82-86.

Murray, P.J. et al. The Story of the Parish Church of St Mary, Kentisbeare (3rd. ed.) [SoG Library: Devon tracts box]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1695 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1839, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

  • Baptist Chapel - Sainthill Meeting: Registers for 1806-36 (Z) in PRO RG 4/337
  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1812-37 - see Tiverton (PRO RG 4/342)

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Sainthill Particular Baptist Chapel Christenings 1806-1844.

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Bradninch, Broadhembury, Buckerell, Butterleigh, Clyst Hydon, Clyst St. Lawrence, Cullompton, Feniton, Kentisbeare, Payhembury, Plymtree, Rewe, Silverton and Talaton. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850 and Kelly's Directory of Devonshire 1902. CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2009). [Bradninch Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Broadhembury Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Buckerell Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1841; Butterleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst Hydon Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1790-1837; Clyst St. Lawrence Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1814-1851; Cullompton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Feniton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1790-1837; Kentisbeare Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1839, Bur: 1813-1837; Payhembury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1800-1837; Plymtree Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1541-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Rewe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1780-1837; Silverton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Talaton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1836, Bur: 1800-1837].


Description & Travel

Section on Kentisbeare from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Locki

You can see pictures of Kentisbeare which are provided by:



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



Bond, Sue. . . . from Kentisbeare to Kensington, Devon Family Historian, vol. 157, (2016) pp.21-22. [Re Francis Radford (d. 1900)]

James, J. Cleeve Memorial, Kentisbeare Church, Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 36 (1), 1987, pp. 37-9.

Reichel, Oswald J. Who was John, son of Mauger?. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 6:6, (1911) pp.175-176. [Killigrew Family - refers to vol.6, p.155, par.145.] [Transcript]

Turcott, Betty Radford. A Visit to Kentisbeare, Devon Family Historian, vol. 157, (2016) p.21. [Re Francis Radford (d. 1900)]

Whiting, Richard. Whiting of Wood, a mediaeval landed family (Lords of the Manors of Wood, Payhambury, Pridhamsleigh, etc.) In Family History Tracts, vol. 91. [Typescript.] [SoG Library]



Sue Davey's Kentisbeare pages provide historical information, and parish register extracts.

Barrett, Helen. Our heritage: a history of Kentisbeare and Blackborough. [Kentisbeare]: The Author (1977) 132p: ill, maps, plans. [Westcountry Studies Library - B/KEN 3/0001/BAR]

Chalk, E.S. The town, village, manors and church of Kentisbeare. (1910) 2 vol. [Westcountry Studies Library - msxB/KEN/0001/CHA] [Raymond: Includes list of vicars, MIs and pedigrees of Wyndham and Whiting families.] [Full text]

Chalk, E S. The town, village, manors, and church of Kentisbeare. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 42 (1910) pp. 278-345. [Index]

Chalk, Edwin S. Histories of the parishes of Kentisbeare and Blackborough. Typescript [1930?] [Westcountry Studies Library - Formerly Ms.19]

Chalk, E.S. Devonshire Association Parochial Histories of Devonshire Nos. 3-4: Kentisbeare and Blackborough. (1934) [Westcountry Studies Library - msB/KEN/0001/CHA]



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST068080 (Lat/Lon: 50.863969, -3.325696), Kentisbeare which are provided by:


Names, Personal

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


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Transcript of a 1632 list of benefactors, from a wooden panel in the parish church, provided by Wesley Butson.

Cullompton Register of Bastardy Applications 1850-1859, Exeter, Devon FHS (2004). [Includes parishes of Burlescombe, Churchstanton, Cullompton, Halberton, Kentisbeare, Silverton, Thorverton and Uffculme.] [Foreword] [Names included in the overall index published as "Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief" (CD 023).


Probate Records

Transcription of the will of William Potter (1839) by Sandra Pidduck.

Transcription of the will of Thomas Pooke (1714) by Art Ames.

Transcriptions of the wills of John Whiting (1530) and Anne Whiting (1534), provided by Fay Sampson.