Stockleigh English


"STOCKLEIGH-ENGLISH, a small village and parish, 4½ miles N. by E. of Crediton, has only 161 souls, and 1104 acres of land, on the banks of a rivulet, which falls into the Creedy a little below. J.P. Bellow, Esq., is lord of the manor and owner of most of the soil, and has his seat here. The Church (St. Mary,) is a small Gothic structure, with a tower and two bells. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £7, and in 1831 at £128, is in the gift of the Lord Chancellor and incumbency of the Rev. Thomas Dixon, who has a small thatched residence, and 41 acres of glebe. The poor have a small house, and the interest of £19, given by various donors. Directory :- J.P. Bellow, Esq., Stockleigh Court; Rev. Thos. Dixon, Rectory; Abm. Brewer, blacksmith; and Oliver Elworthy, Thomas Hawkins, James Norris, and Wm. Roberts, farmers." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



Rev G Dowty and St Mary the Virgin, Stockleigh English - a lengthy well-illustrated account, from the Dowty Heritage website.

Babbedge, Elly. Caroline Bellew & The Forlorn Footman - part two, Devon Family Historian, vol. 158, (2016) p.10. [b. 1865]

Brooking-Rowe, J. The Rev. John Erskine Risk [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  XXXIX, (1907), pp. 41-42. [Transcript]



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

A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Church of St Mary the Virgin is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 7 of Devon Memorial inscriptions (DE/M20).

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


Church History

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


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1610 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1610, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1606, are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1931, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

The members' area of the Devon FHS website makes available online images, not at present (Jan 2016) available elsewhere, of the Parish Registers covering Stockleigh English Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1610-1732, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1713-1812, Baptisms: 1813-1915, Marriages: 1755-1812, 1902-1909, Marriages: 1816-1834, Marriages: 1838-1909, Burials: 1813-1905.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1606-1837, and Marriages 1606-1834.

Erskine-Risk, J. Apprenticeship indentures from Stockleigh English Parish Church. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 33 (1901) pp.484-494. [Index]

Erskine-Risk, J. Registry required by act of Parliament for burials in Woollens in Stockleigh English. Trans. Devonshire Assoc. vol. 36 (1904). [Index]

Deanery Of Cadbury - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837 And Burials 1813-1837, CD060, Exeter, Devon FHS (2014). [Brampford Speke Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1840; Cadbury Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Cadeleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1810-1837; Cheriton Fitzpaine Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Colebrooke Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Crediton Presbyterian Chapel Bur: 1826-1837; Crediton Bapt: 1813-1843 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Down St Mary Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1770-1837; Kennerleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Morchard Bishop Bapt: 1813-1837 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Nether Exe Bapt: 1814-1851 Mar: 1773-1807 Bur: 1813-1856; Newton St. Cyres Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1840; Poughill Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1838 Bur: 1770-1837; Sandford Bapt: 1813-1838 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Shobrooke Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Stockleigh English Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Stockleigh Pomeroy Bapt: 1813-1843 Mar: 1752-1837 Bur: 1813-1851; Thorverton Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1839 Bur: 1813-1837; Upton Hellions Bapt: 1813-1842 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1678-1929; Upton Pyne Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1838 Bur: 1800-1837.]


Description & Travel

Section on Stockleigh English  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 scheme's representative for this parish is Elly Babbedge, who invites queries and lookup requests.

Hancock, F. Wifela's Combe - A History of the Parish of Wiveliscombe. Taunton: Barnicott & Pearce, The Wessex Press (1911) [Contains several pages on the Bellew family of Stockleigh Court.]

Risk, J. Erskine. A forgotten episode in Devon county history. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 34, (1902) pp.394-402. [Dowrish Family] [Index]



Erskine-Risk, J.. The Stockleigh parishes, near Crediton, and some of their surroundings. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 28, (1896) pp.354-361. [Index]



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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS850063 (Lat/Lon: 50.844758, -3.634807), Stockleigh English which are provided by:


Probate Records

Chope, R. Pearse. Will and inventory of John Gribble, 1694. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 13:5, (1925) pp.220-226. [Includes glossary of terms.