Stoke Fleming


"STOKE FLEMING is a pleasant modernised village, on a commanding acclivity, rising from the northern coast of Start Bay, 2½ miles S.S.W. of Dartmouth. Its parish contains 736 souls, and 3332 acres of land, mostly having a light fertile soil, resting on dunstone and slate. It includes the small hamlets of Ash, Buckford, Blackpool, and Emeridge, and several neat mansions, but Stoke House is now unoccupied. Sir H.P. Seale, Bt., is lord of the manor. Robt. Leach and John and H.N. Netherton have estates here, and Sir R.L. Newman and several smaller freeholders own part of the parish. The manor was part of the ancient inheritance of the Flemings, from whom it passed to the Mohuns, Carews, and Southcotes, the latter of whom sold it to the Seales about the close of last century. . . . The Church (St. Peter,) is an ancient fabric, in the early English style, with a lofty tower, containing six bells, which were recast in 1777. In the chancel are two fine brasses of the 14th century, and an ancient effigy. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £31. 6s. 0½d., and in 1831 at £725, is in the patronage of the Rev. W. Farwell, and incumbency of the Rev. A. Farwell, B.A., who has 71A. of glebe, and in 1834 erected the present large and handsome Rectory House, which has a well wooded lawn of seven acres. The Rev. Richd. Raynolds was ejected from the rectory in 1646, when upwards of 80 years old, but he survived the restoration, was re-possessed of the living, and died a few years afterwards, aged nearly 100. . . ." [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.



Bridges, C. A memoir of Miss Mary Jane Graham, late of Stoke Fleming, Devon (3rd ed.) London: Seeley & Burnside (1833) xii, 444p. [Index]

Drake, Nellie J. Stoke Fleming. Devon Life vol. 5 no. 32, (1968) pp.21; ill. [George Parker Bidder, Engineer, (1806-1878) purchased Stoke House.]

Harpley, W. William Laidlay [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1884, Vol XVI, p.66. [Transcript]



Rogers, W.H. Hamilton. The Monumental Brasses Found in the Churches of Stoke Fleming; St Saviours and St Petrocks, Dartmouth. Exeter: J.G. Commin (1906).



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


Church History

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


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1538 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1538, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1611, are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

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

Indexes to Baptisms (1840-1882) and Marriages (1754-1812), from the Parishes of the South Hams website.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1538-1837, Marriages 1538-1635, 1666-1837. (These entries are in part from Bishops' Transcripts.)

The Deanery of Totnes: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials . . . with photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850, CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2009). [Ashprington: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Blackawton: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Buckfastleigh: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Cornworthy: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1840), Dartington: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dartmouth St. Clement: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dartmouth St. Petrox: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dartmouth St. Saviour: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dean Prior: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1755-1837), Bur (1790-1837), Diptford: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dittisham: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Halwell: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1755-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Harberton: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Holne: Bapt (1813-1842), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Rattery: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1800-1837), South Brent: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Stoke Fleming: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Totnes: Bapt (1813-1842), Mar (1754-1837), Bur: (1813-1837)]


Description & Travel

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

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

You can see pictures of Stoke Fleming 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.



Macleod, Judith. Not without comfort and hopes ... some pioneers of Ryde. Turramaurra: J.Macleod (1986) xii, 103p: ill, maps. [ISBN 0958828903] (includes family of Robert Weekes of Stoke Fleming, transported)



J. H. Scott-Tucker. Parish of Stoke Fleming, Devon. Elizabeth I, and before, to Elizabeth II, Coronation, 2nd June, 1953. Edited by Major J. H. Scott-Tucker. [With illustrations], pp. 134. [C. Milne: Dartmouth, 1953].



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX861483 (Lat/Lon: 50.323595, -3.601401), Stoke Fleming which are provided by:


Probate Records

Will of Elias Andrews (1681), transcribed  by Deborah O'Brien.