North Huish


"HUISH, (NORTH) is a small scattered village, picturesquely situated on the western aclivities of the Avon valley, 5 miles E. of Ivybridge, and 7 miles W.S.W. of Totnes. Its parish contains 483 souls, and 2662A. 2R. 27P. of land, including Lupridge, and part of Newhouse hamlet. The manor, formerly held by the Damarell, Trenchard, and other families, was purchased by Richard King, Esq., in 1786, and now belongs to Thomas King, Esq., of the Manor House, which has been modernised and improved. Wm. Bowden Esq., owns Norris, Coombe, and other estates ; and Blackhall is the handsome residence of Jas. Cornish, Esq., and has a stuccoed front and Doric portico. Boterford, now called Butterford, is a large mansion, formerly the seat of a family of its own name, and afterwards of the Strodes and Palks, the latter of whom rebuilt the mansion about 1790. It is now occupied, and belongs to the represenattives of the late T. Kingwell. The Church is an ancient structure, with a tower, containing five bells, and crowned by a spire. . . . The rectory, valued in K.B. at £28. 18s. 10½d., is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. John Allen, B.A., who has a large and handsome residence, with beautiful grounds. The glebe is 74A. 3R. 35P., and the tithes were commuted in 1849 for £490 per annum. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Stanborough Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter. Avonwick, whose church was built in 1878, is split between the parishes of Diptford, South Brent, North Huish and Ugborough. Regarded as part of the South Hams area.



Brooking-Rowe, J. Frederick James Cornish-Bowden. [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  XXXVIII, (1906), p. 38. [Transcript]



Index to Monumental Inscriptions, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.



Name index to the 1841 and the 1861 census, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.


Church History

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


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1656 are held in the Devon Record Office.

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

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

Transcripts of Baptisms 1708-1833, Baptisms 1860-1869 and Marriages & banns 1754-1804, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.


Description & Travel

Section on North Huish from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Lockie

You can see pictures of North Huish which are provided by:



Transcription of the entry in White's Devonshire Directory (1850) by Terry Partridge.

Transcription provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.



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



The Online Parish Clerk for this parish is Gail Pullybank, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: PRs on Fiche.)

The South Hams Genealogical Information Resource website offers lookups in their records concerning this parish.

Grylls, Richard. Searching for Prestwood Portraits, Devon Family Historian, vol. 161, (2017) p.12. [Of Exeter and North Huish]



Scott, Christine. A Story of North Huish and Avonwick, C. Scott, North Huish [ISBN 978-0-9567784-0-6] [Further details]


Land & Property

C., R.W. The Yeo household-Book. Notes and Gleanings - Devon and Cornwall 4 (1891) pp.45-48.



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX711565 (Lat/Lon: 50.39421, -3.814823), North Huish which are provided by:



Chiswell, Ann. North Huish Land Tax Assessment 1747. Devon Family Historian 49 (Feb. 1989) pp. 20-22.