South Pool


"POOL, (SOUTH) a small village at the head of a navigable creek, five miles S.S.E. of Kingsbridge, has in its parish 555 souls, and 1929A. 3R. 18P. of land including, North Pool hamlet and part of Frogmore village. (See Sherford.) W.M. Praed, Esq., is lord of the manor of South Pool, and the Earl of Devon owns that of North Pool; but Thos. Cornish, Esq., Mr. Edw. Garland, and a few smaller owners, have estates here, chiefly freehold. The parish was anciently held by the de Pola, Punchardon, and Scobel families. The Church (St. Cyriac,) is a fine specimen of the perpendicular style, with a lofty tower and six bells. The interior has transepts, and has a neat and clean appearance. The screen is elaborately carved; and in the chancel is a handsome altar tomb or Easter sepulchre, with a representation of the Resurrection in front of it. Here are also monuments for members of the Dare, Lake, and Bastard families. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £22. 16s. 5½d., and in 1831 at £486, is in the patronage of W. M. Praed and A. Kelly, Esqrs., the former having two turns and the latter one. The Rev. Henry Taylor, M.A., is the incumbent, and has a large and handsome residence, and 52A. 2R. 23P. of glebe. The tithes were commuted in 1840, for £387 per annum. The poor have 25s. and the rector 15s. yearly, left by Andrew Horsman, in 1687; and the former have an annuity of 21s., left by Leonard Dare." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Coleridge Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter. Regarded as part of the South Hams area.



Transcription of the 1841 census, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.


Church History

South Pool - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1664 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1813-37 - see Kingsbridge (PRO RG 4/1088)
  • Wesleyan Chapel, North Pool: Registers for c1813-37 - see Kingsbridge (PRO RG 4/1088)

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

Transcripts of baptisms (1664-1699), baptisms (1750-1812), marriages (1665-1699), marriages (1700-1749), burials (1665-1699) and burials (1700-1749) from the Parishes of the South Hams website.


Description & Travel

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

Conservation Area Appraisal for South Pool - an interesting account of the area, with numerous photographs and maps [Downloadable PDF].

You can see pictures of South Pool 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 scheme's representative for this parish is Ros Haywood, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Ros is also conducting a one-place study of the Parish.)

Geare, R. Holwell. Richard Halwell, armiger, of South Pool near Exon, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 26, 1954-5, pp. 110-11. [15-16th c.]



Adams, B.N. Devon's most southerly parish [193-?] [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/SOU 6/0001/ADA]

Adams, B.N. South Pool: its church and village. South Pool?: The Church? (1935) 20p, plate: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - B/SOU 6/0001/ADA]

Knight, Douglas. Halwell House, South Pool: an interim history. [s.l.]: [s.n.] (1993) 12 leaves; col ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - px728/SOU/KNI]

Page, Rosalind. South Pool long ago. [Printed by Nick Walker Printing, Kingsbridge 852812] (1996) 20p: port. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/SOU 6/0001/PAG] [Index]

Shepherd, Doreen. South Pool: Portrait of a Devon Village. The Author, South Pool (1997).



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX776403 (Lat/Lon: 50.249975, -3.71816), South Pool which are provided by:


Probate Records

Will of Sampson Hele (1655), transcribed by Kathleen Noye.