Plymouth: Charles


"[Plymouth] is included within the parishes of St. Andrew and Charles; the former containing in the town portion 23,564, and the latter 12,963, inhabitants. . . The living of the parish of Charles is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £12.15.5.; net income, £612. The church, begun a little before, and completed soon after, the parliamentary war, is a neat edifice in the later English style, with a square tower surmounted by a well-proportioned spire. " [From Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England (1844)]

A parish in Roborough Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and Diocese of Exeter. Peskett: Compton Gifford was a tithing in this parish (modern parish 1871). Referred to as "Plymouth Charles (King & Martyr)" by Peskett, but simply as "Plymouth Charles" in the National Index of Parish Registers: Devon.



Dredge, John Ingle. Abednego Seller, Vicar of Charles, Plymouth, 1686-1690. Western Antiquary (1886) [BL 4804.c.16.(2.)]



A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for Charles Church, Ebrington Street, is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 6 of Devon Memorial Inscriptions (DE/M19).

Ford Park Cemetery Trust website.

Plymouth and West Devon R. O. has Charles Church MIs and records of removed graves, c. 1941.

MIs for Ford Park Cemetery are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.

Miller, Arthur. Millers in Ford Park, Devon Family Historian, vol. 113, (Feb 2005) pp.22. [Miller family grave in Ford Park Cemetery]

Boys of Plymouth CollegeMemorial inscriptions of Charles Church, Plymouth. (1951) [SoG Library DE/M15]

City Engineer's Staff. List of Graves to be Removed and relating to the Memorial Inscriptions of Charles Church, Plymouth. (1955) [SoG Library DE/M15]

Jewitt, Llewellynn Frederick William. A History of Plymouth, etc. London, Plymouth [printed] (1873) 712pp.. [BL - 2366.dd.5] [Full text] [Contains Charles MIs at pp. 537-544.]


Church History

Charles' Church (archived copy) - a detailed history,  from Brian Moseley's Old Plymouth.UK website

An Old "Charley Boy". Charles Church, Plymouth. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VI, (January 1910 to October 1911), pp. 200-202. [Transcript]

Baker, John Percy. The Church of Plymouth called Charles Church: Notes ... published on the 250th anniversary of the consecration of the church, etc. Underhill & Co.: Plymouth (1915) 55p. [BL 04705.d.31.]

Copeland, G.W. Charles Church, Plymouth. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries (1962-64) pp.189-192.

Smallcombe, Henry Reginald. Re-told Stories of Charles Church, Plymouth, Morwenstow Parish Church and the Renowned Vicars Hawker. With notes from "The Vicar ofMorwenstow" ... [By] S. Baring-Gould. [H. R. Smallcombe: Plymouth] (1960) 16p. [BL 010099.dd.1.]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1644 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1812, 1813-1827, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Jewers, Arthur J. Copies of inscriptions; drawings of coats of armour in the churches of St. Andrews and Charles, Plymouth. Manuscript [1890?] [Westcountry Studies Library - msx929.5/PLY/JEW]

Parish registers: christenings 1645-1653, marriages 1644-1653 burials 1646- 1653. Typescript [1950] 66p. Westcountry Studies Library - s929.3/PLY/1644]

Deanery of Three Towns - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837 and Burials 1813-1837 - CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2004). [Index of East Stonehouse - St. George: Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1697-1837), Burials (1813-1840), Pennycross - St. Pancras: Baptisms (1813-1839), Burials (1813-1837); Plymouth - Charles the Martyr: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Plymouth - St. Andrew: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Budeaux: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Stoke Damerel: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837). With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Directory (1850) and Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England (1844).]

Plymouth Baptisms Index (Volume 1): An index of baptisms in the parishes of Charles Church, Plymouth 1834-1962; St. Andrew, Plymouth 1835-1978; St. Budeaux 1840-1966; St. George, East Stonehouse 1863-1887 and 1941-1954; St. Pancras, Pennycross 1839-1970; Stoke Damerel 1840-1954. CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2007). [Entries give the name of the child, the date, name of the church and either the entry number or the page number. PLEASE NOTE:- Names of the parents are not included.]


Description & Travel

Charles the Martyr, from Wikipedia.

You can see pictures of Plymouth: Charles which are provided by:



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 Bev Edmonds (baptisms 1794-1812 only) who invites queries and lookup requests.



Worth, R.N. The tything of Compton Gifford. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 28, (1896) pp.714-770: ill. [Index]


Land & Property

Index of heads of Households in Devonshire: Plymouth - Compton Gifford, P.O. Box 339, Blackburn, Victoria, Australia 3130, Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies (2000). [As recorded in Land Tax records 1780-1831]



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX487544 (Lat/Lon: 50.369996, -4.128904), Plymouth: Charles which are provided by:


Military History

Bev Edmonds has compiled a listing for this parish of burials of members of the militia (only), and offers look-ups from this listing