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"STOODLEIGH is a parish and small village, 5 miles south-south-west from Bampton station on the Exe Valley line of the Great Western railway and 5¾ north-north-west from Tiverton, in the North Eastern division of the county, hundred of Witheridge, Cullompton petty sessional district, Tiverton union and county court district, rural deanery of Tiverton West, and archdeaconry and diocese of Exeter. The church of St. Margaret is an edifice of stone in the Early English and Later styles. . . . the edifice was restored during 1872-80, chiefly by members of the Daniel family and the Rev. J. Bockett M.A. late rector, at a cost of £2,300: the stained east window is a memorial to the late Thomas Daniel esq. d. 1872, and his wife, and was inserted in 1880; and there are others to the Daniel family. A clock, given by Mrs. Dunning, of Stoodleigh Court, was placed in the tower Feb. 1897: the church affords 304 sittings. The register of baptisms dates from the year 1603; marriages and burials, 1597. . . . The chief crops are wheat, barley and oats. The area is 4,459 acres of land and 14 of water; rateable value £2,972; the population in 1901 was 369." [From: Kelly's Directory of Devonshire, 1902]

A parish in Witheridge Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter. According to Peskett, Warbrightsleigh, a chapel of ease in this parish, lapsed at the Reformation.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Stoodleigh area or see them printed on a map.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1597 are held in the Devon Record Office.

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

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

The Deanery of South Molton: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Bishop's Nympton, Cheldon, Creacombe, Cruwys Morchard, East Anstey, East Woolfardisworthy, East Worlington, George Nympton, King's Nympton, Knowstone, Mariansleigh, Meshaw, Molland, North Molton, Oakford, Puddington, Rackenford, Romansleigh, Rose Ash, Satterleigh, South Molton, Stoodleigh, Templeton, Thelbridge, Twitchen, Warkleigh, Washford Pyne, West Anstey, West Worlington and Witheridge. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Directory (1850) and Kelly's Directory of Devonshire (1902). CD-ROM 062, Exeter, Devon FHS (2015). [Bishop's Nympton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Cheldon Bapt: 1813-1843, Mar: 1755-1835, Bur: 1813-1841; Creacombe Bapt: 1814-1902, Mar: 1759-1835, Bur: 1813-1850; Cruwys Morchard Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; East Anstey Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1688-1839; East Woolfardisworthy Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1840, Bur: 1813-1837; East Worlington Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; George Nympton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1790-1837; King's Nympton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Knowstone Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1740-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Mariansleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1757-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Meshaw Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1836, Bur: 1813-1838; Molland Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; North Molton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Oakford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1840; Puddington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1759-1836, Bur: 1740-1837; Rackenford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Romansleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1730-1837; Rose Ash Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1850; Satterleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; South Molton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Stoodleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Templeton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Thelbridge Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1853; Twitchen Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Warkleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1851; Washford Pyne Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1756-1836, Bur: 1813-1840; West Anstey Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1745-1838; West Worlington Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1846, Bur: 1813-1851; Witheridge Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1835]

Description and Travel

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

Stoodleigh parish website - local information, photographs.

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The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.

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The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Martin Burch, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Bapt & Bur to 1812; Marriages to 1753.) Please note that access to PRs will take approx 2 weeks or so from time of request.


Historical Geography

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



Sue Davey's Stoodleigh pages provide historical information, and parish register extracts.


Military History

The Men of Stoodleigh - an exhibition to commemorate the men from Stoodleigh who died in the First World War


Names, Personal

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


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

Chris Whitehead has transcribed the records of the Overseers of the Poor Records for Stoodleigh, and has produced these lists of vestrymen from Vol. 3 (1788-1809) and Vol. 4 (1809-1830) of these records. He is willing to answer queries on these records, and on the (unpublished) Churchwardens Accounts, and Courts Baron records, and can check headstones (mostly Victorian or later)  in the Stoodleigh churchyard. He can be reached via the Contact Us Form on the Stoodleigh Parish website.


Probate Records

Transcriptions of the wills of Christopher Venner (1822) and Christopher Venner (1865), provided by Christine Gibbins.



Stoodleigh History Group - website.