"MAMHEAD is a small parish of scattered houses, chiefly on the western acclivities of a bold eminence, 3 miles W. of Starcross, and 4 miles E. by N. of Chudleigh. It has 246 inhabitants, and 1220 acres of land, mostly the property and manor of Sir R.L. Newman, Bart., whose father was created a baronet in 1836. He resides at Mamhead Park, which has a large and handsome mansion in the Elizabethan style, erected about 20 years ago on the site of the old house, which was mostly built by Sir Peter Balle, an eminent loyalist who died in 1680, aged 82. It was afterwards the seat of the two last Earls of Lisburne. The house stands on a rising knoll at the junction of three narrow valleys, opening towards the coast, and backed with a high woody ridge of Haldon. . . . On the lofty wooded summit of Mamhead Point, stands a noble obelisk of Portland stone, built by Thos. Balle, Esq., about 1742. The Church stands in the park, and is a neat structure with a tower and five bells. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £10. 17s. 6d., and in 1831 at £206, is in the patronage of Sir R.L. Newman, Bart., and incumbency of the Hon. and Rev. H.H. Courtenay, M.A., who has a good residence and 20A. of glebe. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Exminster Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter.
Sir Robert Lydston Newman, by John Williams.
Fisher, N.R.R. Sir Peter Balle of Mamhead (1598 - 1680): a study in allegiance. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 129, (1997) pp.79-107.
MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.
Mamhead Churchyard Listing - compiled by John Williams.
Memorials inside the Church of St Thomas the Martyr, Mamhead - transcribed by John Williams.
Cresswell, B.F. Notes on the Churches of the Deanery of Kenn, Devon, (1912). [Extracts]
A local census of Mamhead, of 1895-1909, listing all inhabitants, is held at the Devon Record Office (DRO 461A add/P1 1).
Parish Registers going back to 1556 are held in the Devon Record Office.
Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1549 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.
The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837 - for details see their book list.
Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1549-1837, and Marriages 1556-1837. (These entries are in part from Bishops' Transcripts.)
An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Alphington, Ashcombe, Bishopsteignton, Chudleigh, Combeinteignhead, Dawlish, Dunchideock, East Ogwell, East Teignmouth, Exminster, Haccombe, Ide, Kenn, Kenton, Mamhead, Powderham, Shaldon, Shillingford St. George, Starcross, Stokeinteignhead, St. Thomas the Apostle (by Exeter), Trusham, West Ogwell and West Teignmouth. Includes Chudleigh United Reformed Church and East Teignmouth Zion Independent Chapel Burials. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Directory (1850) and Kelly's Directory of Devonshire (1902), CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2015). [Alphington Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1812-1837; Ashcombe Bapt: 1813-1841 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1783-1837; Bishopsteignton Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Chudleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Chudleigh United Reformed Chapel Bur: 1834-1836; Combeinteignhead Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1800-1837; Dawlish Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Dunchideock Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1756-1836 Bur: 1813-1851; East Ogwell Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; East Teignmouth Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; East Teignmouth Zion Independent Chapel Bur: 1809-1836; Exminster Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1813-1837; Haccombe Bapt: 1821-1842 Mar: 1773-1801 Bur: 1829-1839; Ide Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Kenn Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1813-1837; Kenton Bapt: 1813-1844 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Mamhead Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Powderham Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1835 Bur: 1785-1837; Shaldon Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Shillingford St. George Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1765-1837 Bur: 1680-1842; Starcross Bapt: 1815-1840 Mar: 1828-1837 Bur: 1828-1837; Stokeinteignhead Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1800-1837; St.Thomas the Apostle (by Exeter) Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Trusham Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1743-1837 Bur: 1750-1837; West Ogwell Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1843 Bur: 1813-1839; West Teignmouth Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837.]
Section on Mamhead from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Lockie.
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
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Fincham-Powell, Kate and Tim Williams. Memories of Mamhead and Ashcombe. Exeter: Obelisk Publications (1995) 20p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - pxB/MAM/0001/FIN]
Griffiths, Grace. The book of Dawlish: a history of Dawlish and Dawlish Warren with notes on the surrounding villages of Ashcombe, Cofton, Kenton, Mamhead, Powderham and Starcross. Buckingham: Barracuda (1984) [BL X.800/39475]
Walker, E. Views of Mamhead: The seat of Sir Robert Newman, Bart., from nature and on stone. (1848) [Torquay Library]
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Mamhead contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.