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The area known as South Hams can be regarded as consisting of the towns and parishes of Ashprington, Aveton Gifford, Berry Pomeroy, Bickleigh (near Plymouth), Bigbury, Blackawton, Brixton, Buckland Tout Saints, Charleton, Chivelstone, Churchstow, Cornwood, Cornworthy, Dartington, Dartmouth, Dean Prior, Diptford, Dittisham, Dodbrooke, East Allington, East Portlemouth, Ermington, Halwell, Harberton, Harford, Holbeton, Holne, Kingsbridge, Kingston, Kingswear, Littlehempston, Loddiswell, Malborough, Marldon, Modbury, Moreleigh, Newton Ferrers, North Huish, Rattery, Revelstoke, Ringmore, Shaugh Prior, Sherford, Slapton, South Brent, South Huish, South Milton, South Pool, Staverton, Stoke Fleming, Stoke Gabriel, Stokenham, Thurlestone, Totnes, Ugborough, Wembury, West Alvington, Woodleigh, and Yealmpton.

General information about the South Hams which cannot be conveniently allocated to one or other the above towns and parishes is given here.


Fairweather, Jarvis. A South Hams farmer in 1814: the diary of Jarvis Fairweather / transcribed with an introduction & short glossary by K.S.Coutin. Photocopy [1990?] 13p. [Westcountry Studies Library - px630.924/SLA/FAI]
Pedrick, Stephen. A Century of Memories: Recollections of Life in the South Hams of Devon in the Early 20th Century, Stephen Pedrick, Cottage Farm, Loddiswell, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 4RU (2009) 142 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-0956396600]


Name index to Monumental Inscriptions in various South Hams cemeteries, provided by Ray Osborn.


The Parishes of the South Hams web-site provides a large collection of indexes and transcriptions.

Church History

Jacobson, Walter. Around the Churches of the South Hams, Obelisk (2001). [ISBN 1 899073 98 1]
Jacobson, Walter. Around the Churches of the South Hams II, Obelisk (2001). [ISBN 190358066] [Devon FHS Library p942.35/SOU]
Bide, Jean. The Churches of Woodleigh Deanery Brown, Knight & Truscott Ltd, printer (1990) 21p.

Church Records

See the Parishes of the South Hams web-site.

Description and Travel

Barber, Chips. The South Hams, Exeter, Obelisk Publications (1992) 48p: ill, maps. [ISBN 0946651566] [Westcountry Studies Library pB/SOU/1992/BAR]
Barber, Chips. From the Dart to the Start, Exeter, Obelisk Publications (1994) 32p: ill, map. [ISBN 1899073019] [Westcountry Studies Library pB/SOU 2/1994/BAR]
Barber, Chips. The South Hams in colour, Exeter, Obelisk Publications (1995) 32p: chfly col ill. [ISBN 1899073221] [Westcountry Studies Library pB/SOU 2/1995/BAR]
Chard, Judy. The South Hams, St. Teath, Bossiney Books (1980) 104p: ill. [ISBN 090645641x] [Westcountry Studies Library sB/SOU 2/1980/CHA]
Clamp, Arthur L. A Visitor's Guide to South Hams, Westway Guides (n.d.) 32pp. Illus.,maps.
Willy, Margaret. The South Hams, London, Robert Hale (1955) ix, 260p, plates: ill, map. [Westcountry Studies Library sB/SOU 2/1955/WIL]


Bob Harris' web-site: The history of one Harris family, of South Hams, Devon.
Thomas, Neil. Searching for a Hamlyn-Langworthy marriage - 1682, Devon Family Historian, vol. 172, (2019) p.23.


Bradbeer, Grace. The Land That Changed Its Face: The Evacuation of Devon's South Hams 1943-1944. David & Charles, Newton Abbot, Devon (1973). [ISBN 0-7153-5781-6] [Index]
Dunning, Martin (comp.). South Hams: Francis Frith's Photographic Memories, Frith Books (2000). [DFHS Library 942.35/SOU]
Hutchings, Leslie B. Roads in the South Hams 1760-1840. Devon Historian 18, (1979) pp.24-29: maps.
Legge, John. Villages of the South Hams: Ashprington, Tuckenhay, Cornworthy, Harbertonford, East Allington, Obelisk Publications (2001). [ISBN 1 903585 05 8] [Index]
Lidstone, Hugh R. G. Lidstone of the South Hams of Devon, (2001). [ISBN 0951533215] [DFHS 929.2/LID]
Polwehle, R. The History of Devonshire, Vol. 3, London, Cadell, and Davies (1806) 214 pp.
Rose-Price, Robin and Parnell, Jean. The Land We Left Behind, Orchard Publications (2004) 96 pp. [ISBN: 1898964610] ["In November 1943 the people of Strete, Blackawton, Chillington, East Allington, Frogmore, Sherford, Slapton, Stokenham and Torcross were told to leave their homes . . . What local people didn't realise at the time was that this wasn't simply for routine war training: it was the beginning of practice manoeuvres that would culminate in D Day on June 6th 1944."
Vermeulen, Barbara. Earthquake Shock in the South Hams, Devon Family Historian, vol. 139, (2011) pp.14-15.
The Blizzard in the South Hams of Devonshire: being a record of the great storm of Monday and Tuesday, March 9 and 10, 1891, Kingsbridge, Jas. Fairweather (1891) 64 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library p551.555/SOU/BLI]
The sacrifice of the South Hams, 1943-1944, [Slapton], [Commem. Cttee.] [1984] 7 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library pB/SOU 2/1943/SAC]

Land and Property

Davies, William. South Ham District. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VI, (January 1910 to October 1911), pp. 130-131 [Transcript]
Reichel, Oswald J. South Ham District. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VI, (January 1910 to October 1911), pp. 110-111 [Transcript] and pp. 162-163. [Transcript]
Sullock, Jason, (Ed.). Farms of the South Hams, Part 1: Bigbury, Churchstow, Ringmore, Malborough, Stockton, [J.D.C. Sullock] [1992] 5 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library px631/SOU/FAR]

Merchant Marine

Murch, David and Fairweather, Len. Wreck and rescue on the South Hams coast, The Authors (1980) 16p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library px623.8885/SOU/MUR]

Military History

Transcript of the 1715 Militia Assessments, by Paul Luscombe, provided on the FODA (Friends of Devon's Archives) website.

Chard, Judy. Evacuation of the South Hams. Devon Life vol. 10 no. 89 (1973) pp.24-26; ill. [1943]
M., R.B. An early Armada. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 14:1, (1926) pp.32-33. [From Cal. Charter Rolls, vol.4. Spanish attack, 1340.]
Sullock, J.D.C. Militia of the South Hams - Part Two: Ashprington, Portlemouth, Chivelstone, Thurlestone, Ugborough, Modbury, Aveton Giffard, Harford, Kingston, Holbeton, Ermington, Ringmore and Bigbury.(1569AD). J.D.C. Sullock, Stockton, Cleveland (n.d.) 9p.
Sullock, J.D.C. Militia of the South Hams - Part Two: Ashprington, Portlemouth, Chivelstone, Thurlestone, Ugborough, Modbury, Aveton Giffard, Harford, Kingston, Holbeton, Ermington, Ringmore and Bigbury.(1569AD). J.D.C. Sullock, Stockton, Cleveland (n.d.) 9p.

Names, Personal

Celebration of the Queen's Jubilee in the South Hams, South Devon Gazette, Kingsbridge, (June 24 1887) [Index]


Oswald, Neville C. Baker, Battie and Huxham: three eighteenth century physicians from the South Hams. - Dev. [1692-1809]