"WALKHAMPTON, a scattered village, in the valley of the little river Walkham, on the western borders of Dartmoor, 5 miles S.E. of Tavistock, has in its parish 717 inhabitants, and 10,501 acres of land, including 6602 acres of open common and wastes in Dartmoor; part of the village of Horrabridge, and many scattered farms. Sir Ralph Lopes, Bart., is lord of the manor, owner of a great part of the soil, and of the barton of Gnatham, impropriator of the rectorial tithes, and patron of the vicarage, valued in K.B. at £9. 14s. 7d, and now in the incumbency of the Rev. D.S. Stone, M.A., who has a good residence and 18A. 2R. 14P. of glebe. . . The Church is a neat structure, in the perpendicular style, with a tower and six bells. The FREE SCHOOL was founded in 1719, by Mrs. Eliz. Modyford . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Roborough Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter. Regarded as part of the Dartmoor area.



Donne, Roger. Brief History of a Foundling from the Walkhampton Parish Registers, Devon Family Historian, no. 149, (2014) pp.4-5.



Brown, Mike. Walkhampton (Full Survey). In Dartmoor Region Monumental Inscriptions Indexes, Vol. 4. Dartmoor Press, PO Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL.

Hamilton-Leggett, Peter R. Monumental inscriptions in Walkhampton churchyard. Yelverton & Dist.Local Hist.Soc. (1995).


Church History

Cheater, Kenneth. Methodism in Walkhampton 1815-1956. (1965) 10p. [Westcountry Studies - 287.1/WAL/CHE]

Govier, L. The Story of Walkhampton Church (with a brief look at parochial administration). Tavistock: Trident Press (1969) 24p: ill. [24p: ill]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1674 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1840, 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 c1808-37 - see Tavistock (PRO RG 4/341)

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

Walkhampton Baptisms 1674-1768 (Index) transcribed by Deborah O'Brien.

Brown, Mike. 1754-1812 Burial Indexes: Walkhampton. RT37, Dartmoor Press (2000).

Glanville, J. Gleanings from Parish Registers. Devon Family Historian 45 (1988) pp.23-24.

Register: baptisms, 1675-1800. Typescript [1983] 1 v. [Westcountry Studies - x929.3/WAL/1675]

Walkhampton parish register: burials 1676-1793. Typescript [1984] 47p. [Westcountry Studies - sx929.3/WAL/1676]

Walkhampton parish register: marriages 1675-1753. Typescript [1983] 12p. [Westcountry Studies - x929.3/WAL/1675]

The Deanery of Tamerton, CD, Devon Family History Society, Exeter (2003). [Contains indexes: Bere Ferrers - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Bickleigh - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1811-1837; Buckland Monachorum - Baptisms, 1813-1839 Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Egg Buckland - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Mary Tavy - Baptisms 1813-1840 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Meavy - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Peter Tavy - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1790-1837; Sampford Spiney - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1770-1837; Sheepstor - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1856; Tamerton Foliot - Baptisms 1813-1840 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Walkhampton - Baptisms 1813-1840 Marriages, 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Whitchurch - Baptisms 1813-1839 Marriages, 1754-1838, Burials 1813-1837]


Court Records

Brown, Mike. A Study of the Walkhampton Manor Court Jury System 1773-1840. LH6, Dartmoor Press (2000).


Description & Travel

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

Parish Council Web-site for Burrator (Meavy, Sheepstor and Walkhampton).

Conservation Area Appraisal for  Walkhampton - interesting account of the area, with numerous photographs and maps

Brown, Mike. Walkhampton Photo Files CD-ROM. Dartmoor Press (2001) [Hundreds of photographs, drawings and maps, to accompany the Walkhampton Parish History pages]

You can see pictures of Walkhampton which are provided by:



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.



The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Deborah O'Brien, who invites queries and lookup requests.

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.

Dartmoor Press Online Magazine's Walkhampton Parish History pages (archived copy) have articles, transcriptions of MIs, manorial records, overseer's records, poor law records, census returns, publication details, etc. - highly recommended.

Allen, Muriel. Mariann Porch, Foundling of Walkhampton, Devon Family Historian, vol. 154, (2015) p.37.

Brown, Mike. Heraldic and Genealogical Notes from Dartmoor Churches, Vol. 1: Bickleigh, Buckland Monachorum, Meavy, Sampford Spiney, Walkhampton. Dartmoor Press (1997)

Edmondson, Elizabeth C. and R.Taylor. The Creber connexion at Walkhampton. Exmouth: E.C.Edmondson [1993] 204p: ill, map, folded pedigree. [Westcountry Studies - sx929.2/CRE]

Worthy, C. Devonshire Parishes: or the antiquities, heraldry and family history of twenty-eight parishes in the archdeaconry of Totnes (2 vols), Exeter, W. Pollard (1887). [Chap. III: Walkhampton - REDVERS; descent of the COURTENAYs; Constance WORTH; John DUNNING, 1st Lord Ashburton] [Index]



Brewer, Kate. The Railways, Quarries and Cottages of Foggintor (1998). [ISBN 1898964300] [Devon FHS Library 942.35/WAL]

Brown, Mike. The Gnatham Business. LH5, Dartmoor Press (2000).

Brown, Mike. A Millennium of History in a Dartmoor Parish - Walkhampton. LH7, Dartmoor Press (2000).

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

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

Govier, L. Walkhampton: The Story of a Parish (1984). [Devon FHS Library p942.35/WAL]

Govier, L. Walkhampton: a church, parish and village. [Walkampton Church Rest.Fund] (1984) 48p: ill. [Westcountry Studies - pB/WAL/0001/GOV]

Worthy, Charles. Devonshire Parishes. Exeter: William Pollard (1887) - Vol. 1, pp. 55- 76.


Land & Property

PWDRO holds a document "Walkhampton Manor properties' tenants' lists c 1673-1851" (ref 2807/224)- that according to their catalogue contains a tenants index and "Family trees for the surnames: Andrew, Atwell, Barter, Cockle, Dunning, Crossman, Edmunds, Greep, Giles, King, Kivell, Knighton, Shillibeer, Light (plus Skinner/Vogwell), Pearse, Reed, Spurr, Warren, Worth."

Brown, Mike. Walkhampton. In "Dartmoor Tithe Apportionments, Vol. 2". The Dartmoor Press (c1997) 16p.

Brown, Mike. Abandoned Farms - The Norsworthy-Kingsett Field Boundaries. WA12, Dartmoor Press (2000).

Brown, Mike. The Use of Records of Heriot Payments to Identify Dates of Death - A Case Study of Walkhampton Manor & Parish Records. DR7, Dartmoor Press (2000).

Hamilton-Leggett, Peter R. Walkhampton: a brief history of a Dartmoor parish. Dartmoor Magazine no. 25, (1991) pp.12-13: ill.



Brown, Mike (trascr.) Walkhampton Manor Court rolls 1767-1858. Plymouth: Dartmoor Press (1995) 28p. [Westcountry Studies - px347.02/WAL/WAL]



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX536701 (Lat/Lon: 50.512336, -4.066187), Walkhampton which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

Brown, Mike. Walkhampton Field Names. LH8, Dartmoor Press (2000).


Names, Personal

Brown, Mike. Trade Directory Entries from 1850, 1857, 1866, 1878, 1890 for the Parishes of Buckland Monachorum, Sampford Spiney, Walkhampton, & Whitchurch, inc. the Village of Horrabridge. Dartmoor Press (1997?) 24p.

Brown, Mike. Manor Tenant's Personal Name Index 1673-1839. IN28, Dartmoor Press (2000).

Brown, Mike. Who's Who in Walkhampton 1673-1839. FH6, Dartmoor Press (2000).

Brown, Mike. Dartmoor & West Devon Genealogy Index (DGI) Walkhampton Database. CD-ROM, Dartmoor Press (2001). [Over 5000 entries from PRs, BTs and MIs]

Brown, Mike. Dartmoor Family History Index (DFHI) Walkhampton Database. CD-ROM, Dartmoor Press (2001). [Over 14000 entries]


Probate Records

Worth, R. Hansford. Stray Notes on Dartmoor Tin-Working. Trans. Devon Assoc. 46 (1914) pp.284-289. [Raymond: Includes will of Fraunces Worth of Walkhampton, 1631.]

Will of a Dartmoor Tinner (Frauncys Worth). Trans. Dev. Assoc. 46 (1914) p.289 [Transcript]



Edmondson, E.C., Walkhampton School 1892, Devon Family Historian, No. 72 (Nov 1994) pp. 23-26.

Govier, Lionel. The story of a charity school - through ten reigns 1719-1969: Tavistock: Trident Press. Tavistock: Trident Press (1969) 38p: ill. [Plymouth Library - 372/966W]

Stephens, Barbara. School in the Middle of Nowhere, The Dartmoor Magazine, No. 12 (Autumn 1988) pp. 20-21.

Stoyle, Ivan F. Memories of Life at Foggintor School House, The Dartmoor Magazine, No. 14 (Spring 1989) pp. 8-9.

Walkhampton School Register - 1841-1864 - Boys, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D060). [Foreword]

Walkhampton School Register - 1841-1864 - Girls, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D061). [Foreword]



Transcript of the 1674 Hearth Tax, provided by Deborah O'Brien.