"STAVERTON, is a small village at the south-eastern extremity of its large parish, on the south side of the river Dart, 3 miles N.N.W. of Totnes. Its parish comprises 1069 souls, and 5356A. 2R. 5P. of land, rising boldly from the Dart valley, and including the hamlets of Woolstone Green, Sparkwell, and Strechford, many scattered farm-houses, and about 700 acres of orchard grounds, celebrated for excellent cider. In the northern part of the parish, about two miles S. of Ashburton, are the Penn Recca Slate Quarries, which have been worked for centuries, . . . About 100 hands are now employed in getting the slate and preparing it for roofing purposes. . . . At Pridhamsleigh is a large and curious Limestone Cavern. The Dean and Chapter of Exeter are lords of the manor of Staverton, and owners of six-tenths of the parish. Mr. John Maye is lord of the small manor of Barkington; and Lord Cranstoun is owner of Pridhamsleigh. . . . The Church (St. George,) is a large venerable structure, with a tower and six bells. . . . The Rev. Wm. Martin is the incumbent, and has a neat residence and 3A. 31P. of glebe. . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Haytor Hundred, under the Peculiar jurisdiction of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. The modern parish of Landscove was formed in 1851. Regarded as part of the South Hams area.



Harpley, Rev. W. Rev William Downes, B.A. [Obituary]. Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1887, Vol XIX, pp.42-43. [Transcript]

Sutcliffe, Hillary. Who Was Mary Grute?, Devon Family Historian, vol. 117, (Feb 2006) pp.26-29. [Born Staverton 1857]



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



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


Church History

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

St Paul de Leon, Staverton, by Graham Naylor.

Cardale, C.A. A Short Guide to Saint Paul de Leon Parish Church of Staverton, Totnes & St Matthew's Church, Landscove, Newton Abbot. The Abbot Stamp Co. Newton Abbot, Devon (1971).

Cardale, C.A. The Madonna of Saint Paul de Leon, Staverton. Kingfisher Print & Design Ltd, Staverton, Totnes, Devon.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1614 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1614 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 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1801-36 - see Ashburton Circuit (PRO RG 4/1763, 840)
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Wolston Green: Registers for c1801-36 - see Ashburton Circuit (PRO RG 4/1763, 840)

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1560-1812 and Marriages 1556-1812. Fore Street Independent Chapel Christenings 1794-1837

Anne Brooks offers look-ups of her transcription of Staverton marriages 1770 - 1837.

Staverton christenings 1700-1812 - SoG Data Online DE/REG (SoG Members only).

Deanery of Ipplepen: Photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850. CD - Devon FHS (2012). [An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of: Abbotskerswell Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1756-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Berry Pomeroy Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Brixham All Saints Baptisms (1826-1839), Marriages (1826-1837), Burials (1831-1832); Brixham St Mary Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Broadhempston Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1681-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Churston Ferrers Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1835), Burials (1800-1837); Cockington Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1780-1834); Coffinswell Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1857); Denbury Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1800-1837); Ipplepen Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1843), Burials (1813-1837); Kingskerswell Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Kingswear Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1755-1837), Burials (1780-1837); Littlehempston Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1731-1837), Burials (1813-1840); Marldon Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Paignton Baptisms (1813-1841), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Paignton Independent Burials (1826-1836); Staverton Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Stoke Gabriel Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Torbryan Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1838), Burials (1813-1854); Tormohun Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Torquay St Marychurch Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Wolborough Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1839), Burials (1813-1837); Woodland Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1755-1835), Burials (1813-1838).]


Description & Travel

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

Staverton Village website.

Feloy, Jean. Staverton: "village by the stony ford". [Staverton]: Jean Foley (1993) 42p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - pxB/STA 7/0001/FEL]

You can see pictures of Staverton which are provided by:



Transcription of the entry in White's Devonshire Directory (1850) by Terry Partridge.

Copy 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.



Churchward, Brian G.. The Churchward Families with Their Devon Roots in Staverton. [DFHS Library p929.2/CHU]

Rowe, J.Y. Descent of John Rowe, serjeant-at-law, Staverton. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 28, 1959-61, pp. 59-60. [15-16th c.]



Pershouse, Stanley. Armorial shields on the screens in Staverton church co. Devon, described by Major Stanley Preshouse, with notes and pedigrees. Typescript (1926) 85p. ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.8/STA/PER]



The Staverton web-site contains accounts of the history of the village, parish church, etc.

Village Lives in Woodland, Broadhempston, Staverton, Landscove and Littlehempston - a collection of articles from the Parish News (1975-2009).

Drake-Brockman, E. D. Staverton on the Dart: from records of church and parish. Exeter: Sydney Lee (1946) 97p, plates: ill.

Feloy, Jean. Staverton Parish Council: the first one hundred years 1895-1995 (2nd ed.) [Staverton]: [The Author] (1995) [i], 57leaves: ill, maps.



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX793639 (Lat/Lon: 50.462472, -3.701898), Staverton which are provided by:


Probate Records

Staverton Inventory. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 27 (1956-58) pp.59-64. [Inventory of Edward Gould of Staverton, 1628.]