"UGBOROUGH is a neat and pleasant village, on the slopes of an eminence, surrounded by higher hills, 2½ miles E. of Ivybridge, and N.N.E. of Modbury, and 1½ mile W. of Kingsbridge Road Station. Its parish contains 1532 souls, and 8659 acres of land, generally fertile, and extending westward to the river Erme. It includes several handsome mansions, and many respectable farm-houses, and the small hamlets of Ludbrooke, Cheston, Nilham, Wrangaton, Fileham, and part of Ivybridge. . . . Sir Walter Palk Carew, Bart., is now lord of [Ugborough] and other manors in this parish, which comprises 200A. of wood, 150A. of orchards, and 2631A. of open common, rising in bold hills to the north. S. Savery, G. Mitchell, W. Widdicombe, J. Lang, J.P. Sawyer, and J.L. Templer, Esqrs., have estates here, and part of the parish belongs to several smaller owners, mostly freeholders. . . . The Church is a large and handsome structure, with a lofty embattled tower, and a richly ornamented stone pulpit. It is in the perpendicular style of the 15th century, . . . The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £20, and in 1831 at £260, is in the patronage of the Grocer's Company, London, and incumbency of the Rev. John May, B.A., who has a good residence, and 70A. of glebe. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Ermington Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter. Avonwick, whose church was built in 1878, is split between the parishes of Diptford, South Brent, North Huish and Ugborough. Regarded as part of both the South Hams and the Dartmoor area.

Ivybridge was an ancient village, with a chapel of ease dependent on Cornwood, it was later created as a modern parish incorporating parts of Cornwood, Ermington, Harford and Ugborough.



Brown, Mike. Guide Notes to Monuments in Devon Churches & Graveyards: Harford, Ugborough. 24pp. [Williams, Prideaux, Fowell]

Brown, Mike. Ugborough (Pre-1950 Survey). In Dartmoor Region Monumental Inscriptions Indexes, Vol. 17. Dartmoor Press, PO Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL.



Transcripts of the 1841 and 1861 censuses, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.


Church History

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

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

St Peter's Church, Ugborough, by Graham Naylor.

Lake, P.M.B. A short history of Ugborough church. Typescript [1932?] 85p. [Westcountry Studies - p726.5/UGH/LAK]

Ugborough Church, Devon. [Ugborough?]: [The Church?] [1945?] 4p. 1ll. [Westcountry Studies Library - p726.5/UGB/UGB]

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the Deanery of Plympton. with photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850 and The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868), CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2007). [Brixton: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Cornwood: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1838), Ermington: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1838), Bur (1813-1837 ), Harford: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1755-1837), Bur (1813-1838), Holbeton: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Ivybridge: Bapt (1835-1840), Mar (1835-1840), Bur (1836-1840), Kingston: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1836), Bur (1813-1837), Modbury: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Newton Ferrers: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1836), Bur (1813-1837)), North Huish: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Plympton St. Mary: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Plympton St. Maurice: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Plymstock: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Revelstoke: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Shaugh Prior: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1835), Ugborough: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1841), Bur (1813-1837), Wembury: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1612-1837), Bur (1813-1840), Yealmpton: Bapt (1813-1840), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837)]


Church Records

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

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1538 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1841, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1538-1837 and Marriages 1538-1837.

Brown, Mike. The Ugborough parish chest. Vol. 1. Plymouth: Dartmoor Press (1997) 50p. [Registers, Tithe Apportionments, Churchwardens' Accounts, Rural Deans' Visitations, Terriers, Militia Records, Census Returns, Waywardens' Records, Receivers Accounts.]

Brown, Mike. The Ugborough parish chest. Vol. 2. Plymouth: Dartmoor Press (1997?) 50p. [Vestry Minutes, Overseers' Accounts, Workhouse Accounts & Minutes, Apprenticeships, Bastardy, Misc. Poor Law Documents]

Brown, Mike. The Ugborough parish chest. Vol. 3. Plymouth: Dartmoor Press (1997?) 50p. [Settlement & Removal Documents]

Nicolle, George. Ephemera from the Ugborough Parish Chest: The Churcheardens' Bills and Receipts, Devon Family Historian, no. 152, (2014) pp.4-5.


Description & Travel

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

Ugborough website.

Ivybridge Parish council website.

You can see pictures of Ugborough which are provided by:



Transcription of the entries for Ugborough, and for Ivybridge in White's Devonshire Directory (1850) by Terry Partridge.

Transcription 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.



This parish is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.

The Online Parish Clerk for this parish is Lesley Donald. (Resources: PRs on fiche.)

Dartmoor Press Online Magazine's page for this parish, and for Ivybridge, with articles, transcriptions, publication details, etc. - highly recommended.

An account of Thomas James Matcham - born Ugborough Feb. 1867, emigrated to Canada in 1905 (named on a splendid quilt dated 1918 made at the Third Avenue Methodist Church, Saskatoon, now in the Imperial War Museum.

Holloway, Estelle. The Fowells of Fowlescombe. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 36:1, (1987) pp.29-32: geneal. table. [1300-1700]



Ugborough History Group - home page.

Amand, Gordon. Ugborough - Then and Now, Devon Family Historian, vol. 172, (2019) pp.44-45.

Brown, Mike. A Few Sheaves of Devon History [Transcripts]: Ugborough Vol. 1, Dartmoor Press (2001).

Brown, Mike. A Few Sheaves of Devon History [Transcripts]: Ugborough Vol. 2, Dartmoor Press (2001).

Brown, Mike. A Few Sheaves of Devon History [Transcripts]: Ugborough Vol. 3, Dartmoor Press (2001).

Van Der Kiste, John and Van Der Kiste, Kim. Ivybridge and South Brent Through Time, Amberley Publishing (2010) 96 pp. [ISBN-10: 184868733] [Contains 90 old photographs, plus 90 corresponding modern photographs of Ivybridge, South Brent, and their surrounding villages and hamlets.]

Martin, Ivor. The Book of Ivybridge, Halsgrove (2009) 160 pp.

A West Country Romance - St James Gazette April 7, 1888, Devon Family Historian, vol. 171, (2019) p.41. [An anecdote involving Kingsbridge Road Railway Station (Wrangaton).]


Land & Property

Brown, Mike. Ugborough. In "Dartmoor Tithe Apportionments, Vol. 3". The Dartmoor Press (c1997) 16p.



Brief history of the Manor of Ludbrooke, by Ivan Edwards.

Allen, Helen. An Estimate or Survey of the Manor of Ugborough Taken (in Nov'r 1748) by Edm'd Andrews. Devon Family Historian 38 (April 1986) pp. 12- 14.

Lake, P.M.B. Ugborough manors. Typescript [1930?] 42p. [Westcountry Studies - px333.322/UGB/LAK]



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX677556 (Lat/Lon: 50.385365, -3.862313), Ugborough which are provided by:


Military History

Sullock, J.D.C. Militia of the South Hams - Part Two: Ashprington, Portlemouth, Chivelstone, Thurlestone, Ugborough, Modbury, Aveton Giffard, Harford


Names, Geographical

Tozer, Peter. Quartering, Devon Family Historian, vol. 160, (2016) p.32.


Names, Personal

Ugborough Vaccinator Register - 1899 - 1902, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D143). [Foreword]



Nicolle, George. The Blacksmiths of Ugborough Parish, Devon Family Historian, no. 125, (Feb 2008) pp.9-11.


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Dudley-Soper, H. Non-Native Poor at Ugborough, 1587. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 14 (1926-27) pp.134-138. [Raymond: Transcription of a document including the signature of all the 'gentilmen yemenes and inhabitances of Ugborough'.]


Probate Records

Transcript of the will of Servington Savery (1856) by Reg Rundle.



Verneulen, Barbara. Ugborough School Records 1868-1874, Devon Family Historian, vol. 138, (2011) pp.16-20.