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Rose Ash

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"ROSE-ASH, formerly called Ralph Esse, is a pleasant village, on an eminence, 6 miles S.E. by E. of South Molton, and has in its parish 541 souls, and 4987A. 3R. 27P. of land, rising in bold hills on the east and north, and comprising the hamlet of Yard, and many scattered houses, bearing different names. The manor belonged, in the reign of Henry III., to Ralph de Esse. . . . J.T. Davy, Esq., and the Rev. E. Southcombe and his family own a portion of the manor, . . . The Rev. W.H. Karslake, W.T. Southcombe, T. Loveband, J.A. Thomas, the Rev. W.P. Thomas, and several smaller owners have estates in the parish. The ancient lords of the manor had the power of inflicting capital punishment. The Church (St. Peter,) is an ancient structure, with a tower and five bells, and the rectory, valued in K.B. at £18. 19s. 7d., and in 1831 at £469, is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. E. Southcombe, M.A., who has lately rebuilt the Rectory House, and has 165A. 3R. 9P. of glebe. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS and NDA North Devon indexes - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.

A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Church of St Peter is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 8 of Devon Memorial inscriptions (DE/M23).



Snetzler, M.F. North Devon Surname Index to the Census. Microfiche: M.F. Snetzler. [Covers 1841, 1861, 1871 and 1881 census records for this parish]


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Church History

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

Usmar, John. A history: Ash Moor Chapel, Rose Ash, North Devon. [s.l.]: J. Usmar (1991) 35p: ill, map, plan. [Barnstaple Library - 726.4/ROS/USM]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1591 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1591 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1850 - for details see their book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1591-1837 and Marriages 1591-1646, 1660-1837.

The Deanery of South Molton: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Bishop's Nympton, Cheldon, Creacombe, Cruwys Morchard, East Anstey, East Woolfardisworthy, East Worlington, George Nympton, King's Nympton, Knowstone, Mariansleigh, Meshaw, Molland, North Molton, Oakford, Puddington, Rackenford, Romansleigh, Rose Ash, Satterleigh, South Molton, Stoodleigh, Templeton, Thelbridge, Twitchen, Warkleigh, Washford Pyne, West Anstey, West Worlington and Witheridge. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Directory (1850) and Kelly's Directory of Devonshire (1902). CD-ROM 062, Exeter, Devon FHS (2015). [Bishop's Nympton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Cheldon Bapt: 1813-1843, Mar: 1755-1835, Bur: 1813-1841; Creacombe Bapt: 1814-1902, Mar: 1759-1835, Bur: 1813-1850; Cruwys Morchard Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; East Anstey Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1688-1839; East Woolfardisworthy Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1840, Bur: 1813-1837; East Worlington Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; George Nympton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1790-1837; King's Nympton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Knowstone Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1740-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Mariansleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1757-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Meshaw Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1836, Bur: 1813-1838; Molland Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; North Molton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Oakford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1840; Puddington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1759-1836, Bur: 1740-1837; Rackenford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Romansleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1730-1837; Rose Ash Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1850; Satterleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; South Molton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Stoodleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Templeton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Thelbridge Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1853; Twitchen Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Warkleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1851; Washford Pyne Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1756-1836, Bur: 1813-1840; West Anstey Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1745-1838; West Worlington Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1846, Bur: 1813-1851; Witheridge Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1835]

Description and Travel

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

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

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Skinner, A.J. Rev. Roger Trosse of Rose Ash, Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 15, 1928-29, pp. 154-55. [Raymond: Genealogical notes, 17th c.]
Wilkin, W.H. Southcomb of Rose Ash. Trans. Devonshire Association Vol 57 (1925) pp289- 305. [Rectors from 1675 to 1854.]
Wilkin, W.H. Southcomb of Rose Ash - Part 2. Trans. Devonshire Association Vol 62 (1930) pp341- 346
Wilkin, W.H. Genealogical notes on 3 Roseash families. Typescript [1930?] [Westcountry Studies Library - msx929.2/SOU] [Southcomb Family] pp289-305.
Wilkin, W.H. Venner of Rose Ash, Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 16, 1930-31, pp. 155-59. [Raymond: Includes extracts from Rose Ash parish register, 17th c.]

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Rose Ash has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Saunders, Helen. Notes on the history of a North Devon parish, Aissa Rose Ash. Exeter: Devonshire Assoc. (1900) 17p. [Index]
Tull, Christopher S. Rose Ash: church and people - 2nd rev. ed. [Bishopsnympton]: C.Tull (1979) [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/ROS/0001/TUL]

Names, Personal

Ryall, David. Lest We Forget, War memorials around South Molton. South Molton Archive, 68pp. [ISBN 0 951236 1 4] [Provides an indexed list of names]


Rose Ash Apprentices Register - 1803-1844, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF A363). [Foreword]

Probate Records

The will of George Sowthcombe (1595), and abstracts of the wills of Lewis Southcombe (1663), John Southcombe (1685) and Julian Southcombe (1707) provided by Fay Sampson.



South Molton and District Archive Local History Society web-site (archived copy) - provides details of archive holdings for the twenty-eight parishes in what used to be the South Molton Rural District, lists of publications, etc.