Lew Trenchard


"LEWTRENCHARD, on the banks of the small river Lew, about 8½ miles N. of Tavistock, and E. by N. of Launceston, has in its parish 527 souls, and 2818 acres of land, rising boldly from the valley, and abounding in slate and limestone. It includes a great part of the village of LEW DOWN, which is on the turnpike road, and is partly in the parishes of Marystowe and Thrushelton; and has a cattle fair, on the Wednesday before the third Thursday in April. E.B. Gould, Esq., is lord of the manor, and owner of most of the soil, and resides occasionally at Lew House, a neat mansion with tasteful grounds, commanding delightful views. Orchard Barton, formerly the seat of the Woods, is an interesting Elizabethan house. The Church (St. Peter,) is a small antique fabric, with a tower and five bells, and was repewed in 1831, and cleaned and repaired a few years ago. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £9. 13s. 4d., is in the patronage of E.B. Gould, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Charles B. Gould, who has 80A. of glebe and a good residence. The tithes were commuted in 1839, for £270 per ann. The National School was built in 1841. A manganese mine was formerly worked in the parish, and yielded for some time 10,000 tons per annum. " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



Here are an account of Sabine Baring-Gould's life, and of his work as a collector of folk songs, by Martin Graebe. (Wren Music hold an annual Baring-Gould Folk Festival, and the Westcountry Studies Library provide a listing (archived copy) of the holdings in his large library, now held at Killerton House.)

Never Completely Submerged - "the story of the Squarson of Lewtrenchard as revealed in The Diary of Sabine Baring-Gould"

Baring-Gould, Sabine. Early reminiscences 1834-1864. New York : E. P. Dutton, [1922] xiii, 350p: ill. [Index Part 1, Index Part 2]

Baring-Gould, Sabine. Further reminiscences, 1864-1894. London: Lane (1925) 291p: ill.

Baring-Gould, Sabine. Songs of the West: Folk Songs of Devon and Cornwall Collected from the Mouths of the People. Kessinger Publishing (2010) 300pp. [ISBN-13: 978-1162966472]

Dickinson, Bickford H.C. Sabine Baring-Gould: squarson, writer and folklorist, 1834-1924. Newton Abbot: David & Charles (1970) 191p: ill. [ISBN 0715348035]

Graebe, Martin. As I Walked Out, Sabine Baring-Gould and the Search for Folk Songs in Devon and Cornwall. Oxford: Signal Books, (2017)

Mann, Bob. A man of parts: the life and work of Sabine Baring-Gould. Dartmoor Country Mag. no. 10, 2000 pp.16-18: ill. [Clergy, 1834-1924]

Martin, E.W. The enigma of Sabine Baring-Gould. Devon Life vol. 2 no. 18, (1966) pp.30-31. [Clergy, 1834-1924]

Purcell, William. Onward christian soldier: a life of Sabine Baring-Gould, parson squire, novelist, and antiquary 1834- 1924. London: Longmans, Green & Co. (1957) xii, 188p, plates: ill. [BNB B57- 05434]



Nick Mayne has prepared an index to the 1891 census, and is prepared to check for particular names in it on request.


Church History

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

Dickinson, B.H.C. The Parish Church of St Peter, Lew Trenchard, and the Rev. Sabine Baring Gould. (1961) [Torquay Library]

Smallcombe, H.R. Notes and Impressions of Lew Trenchard Church and Manor with Tribute to . . . Rev. S. Baring- Gould. (1961) [Westcountry Studies Library, Torquay Library]

Lew Trenchard Church, Tavistock, Joliffe & Son (19--) 13p, 1leaf plate: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library p726.5/LEW/LEW]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1706 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1840 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

Brown, Mike. 1754-1812 Burial Indexes: Lewtrenchard. RT39, Dartmoor Press (2000).

The Deanery of Tavistock, CD008, Devon Family History Society, Exeter (2007). [Contains indexes: Bradstone - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1755-1838, Burials 1813-1837; Brentor - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1834, Burials 1801-1845; Bridestowe - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Broadwoodwidger - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1836, Burials 1813-1837; Coryton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1806-1860; Dunterton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1836, Burials 1752-1837; Kelly - Baptisms 1813-1842, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Lamerton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1844, Burials 1812-1838; Lewtrenchard - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1840; Lifton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1650-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Lydford - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1780-1841; Maryystow - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1792-1837; Milton Abbot - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Princetown - Baptisms 1813-1839, Burials 1815-1853; Sourton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1723-1837, Burials 1814-1838; Stowford - Baptisms 1811-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Sydenham Damerel - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1750-1837; Tavistock - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Thrushelton - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Virginstow - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1836, Burials 1813-1839.]


Description & Travel

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

You can see pictures of Lew Trenchard which are provided by:



Transcription by Neil Stanton of the entry for Lew Trenchard in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.



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 Matthew Ruhlig, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: PRs on Fiche.)

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.

Hope, Vyvyan. Lew Trenchard, Devon: a postscript. Trans. Monumental Brass Soc. vol 10 part 5 (1967) pp401-404. [Gould Family]

Monk, S.Gordon. Lew House, Lew Trenchard church and Baring-Gould. Plymouth: Clarke, Doble (1961) [13-20th c.] [Westcountry Studies - 929.2/BAR]



Williams, H.Fulford. Notes on the parish of Lew Trenchard, Devon. Typescript (1964) 8p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/LEW/0001/WIL]

Lew Trenchard: The manor house, the church and Baring-Gould. (1961) [Westcountry Studies Library, Exeter University Library, Plymouth Library, Torquay Library]


Land & Property



Briggs, Cicely. The manna of Lewe. Bodmin: Duchy Press Ltd. [198-?] 38p: ill; ports. [Plymouth Library - 964LE] [Index]



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX457860 (Lat/Lon: 50.653189, -4.184128), Lew Trenchard which are provided by:


Probate Records

Will of William Symons (1851), transcribed by Pearl Nemeth and David Davy.



Lew Trenchard School web-site (school founded in 1842).