"LEIGH, (SOUTH) is a pleasant scattered village and parish, from three to four miles W. by S. of Colyton, has 357 inhabitants and 2579 acres of fertile land, about three miles from the sea coast. The manors of South Leigh and Wiscombe formerly belonged to the Leigh, Courtenay, Bonville, Stow, and other families, and were purchased in 1815 and 1825 by Charles Gordon, Esq., of Wiscombe Park, a pleasant seat, about a mile west of the church. Morganhayes belongs to Sir J.G.R. De La Pole; and here are other freehold estates belonging to Sir E.S. Prideaux, Sir E.M. Elton, and a few smaller owners. The Church (St. Lawrence,) is an ancient structure, with a tower and three bells. The north aisle and porch were rebuilt in 1821, and the rest of the fabric, being much delapidated, is about to be renovated, at the cost of about £500. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £11. 8s. 9d., and in 1831 at £215, is in the patronage of Charles Gordon, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. Wm. James, B.A., who has 35A. 1R. 37P. of glebe, and a good residence, which he has recently improved, at the cost of more than £500. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



Dicks, Rita. Found - Walter Lee, Devon Family Historian, vol. 132, (2009) p.4. [b. 1872]



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

Cload, James. Inscriptions on tombs in church yard of Southleigh village, East Devon. Manuscript [1909] 48p. [Westcountry Studies Library - s929.5/SOU/CLO]

Edmonds, William. Memorial inscriptions, 1616-1905, of Southleigh. Manuscript? (1909) [Westcountry Studies Library - s929.5/SOU/CLO]

Matthews, A.W. Ye Old Mortality. vol. 8 (1909) pp. 868-893. [MS, Society of Genealogists]

Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]


Church History

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

Skinner, A.J.P. Rectors of Southleigh. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 8:3, (1914) pp.67-72. [1263-1913]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1754 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1800-1837 - for details see their book list.

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

The Deanery of Honiton: CD-ROM CD041, Exeter, Devon FHS (2013). [Axminster Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Axmouth Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1603-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Chardstock Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Colyton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1538-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Combpyne Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1757-1836, Bur: 1796-1847; Cotleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Dalwood Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Farway Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Gittisham Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1800-1837; Hawkchurch Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Honiton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Honiton Ind, Bur: 1774-1837; Kilmington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Membury Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Monkton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1814-1842; Musbury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Northleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Offwell Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Seaton & Beer Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1839, Bur: 1813-1837; Shute Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Southleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Stockland Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1640-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Thorncombe Bapt: 1813-1837, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1841; Uplyme Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; Wambrook Bapt: 1813-1904, Mar: 1754-1836; Widworthy Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1954, Bur: 1790-1837.]


Description & Travel

Section on Southleigh 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.



The Online Parish Clerk for this parish is Jill Watson who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Burials 1778-1995, Baptisms 1812-1852.)



Drake, Wilfred. Drake Tomb, Southleigh Church. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, illus. p. 113. [Transcript]


Historical Geography

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



Dicks, Rita. Lee Family Research, Devon Family Historian, vol. 124, (2007) pp.34-35. [Of Farway and Southleigh]

Rita, Dicks. Grandfather Fredrick Lee (born 1870), Devon Family Historian, vol. 128, (2008) pp.9-19. [Details of the family of Absalom Lee (b. 1827 Southleigh)]



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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SY204934 (Lat/Lon: 50.734738, -3.129321), Southleigh which are provided by:


Names, Personal

Southleigh contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.


Probate Records

Transcripts of the wills of William Drake (1625) and Philip Drake (1655) by Kathleen Noye.