"WASHFIELD, a scattered village, picturesquely situated near one of the sources of the river Exe, two miles N.W. of Tiverton, has in its parish 503 souls, and 3235 acres of land, forming a detached member of West Budleigh Hundred. Jno. F. Worth, Esq., owns a great part of the soil, and is lord of the manor. He has a pleasant seat here, called Worth House, where his family has been settled since the thirteenth century. Messrs. J. and R. Melhuish, Thos. Daniel, W. Talley, and a few small owners have estates here. The Church (St. Mary,) is a Gothic structure, with a large tower and five bells. In the chancel are several neat mural monuments. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £19. 17s. 6d.,and in 1831 at £409, is in the patronage of J.F. Worth, and incumbency of the Rev. John Pitman, B.C.L., of Broadhempston. The glebe is 26A., and the Rectory House, occupied by the curate, is a good residence, with tasteful grounds. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in West Budleigh Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter, 2½ miles N.W. of Tiverton, which had 453 inhabitants in 1831.


Church History

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

Detailed description of the church, and its monuments, from the British Listed Buildings website.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1554 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1800-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Bampton, Bickleigh, Burlescombe, Calverleigh, Clayhanger, Culmstock, Halberton, Hockworthy, Holcombe Rogus, Huntsham, Loxbeare, Morebath, Petton Chapelry, Sampford Peverell, Tiverton St. Peter, Tiverton Cove, Uffculme, Uplowman, Washfield and Willand. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White’s Directory (1850) and Kelly’s Directory of Devonshire (1902), CD-ROM 064, Exeter, Devon FHS (2016). [Bampton Bapt: 1813-1838 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1814-1838; Bickleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1836 Bur: 1800-1837; Burlescombe Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1838 Bur: 1813-1837; Calverleigh Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1757-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Clayhanger Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1833 Bur: 1750-1852; Culmstock Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Halberton Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Hockworthy Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1759-1837 Bur: 1813-1838; Holcombe Rogus Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1844 Bur: 1813-1837; Huntsham Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1755-1836 Bur: 1750-1838; Loxbeare Bapt: 1813-1841 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1983; Morebath Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1800-1837; Petton Chapelry Bampton Parish Bapt: 1813-1839 Bur: 1813-1861; Sampford Peverell Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Tiverton St Peter Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Tiverton Cove Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1682-1837 Bur: 1815-1837; Uffculme Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1783-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Uplowman Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Washfield Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1800-1837; Willand Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1800-1837.]

Sidney Joseph Madge, Church-Wardens' Accounts of Washfield Parish, Devon, 1561-1903, analysed, etc., ff. 143. 1948.


Description & Travel

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

The Washfield Parish website - general information, with a little on history.

You can see pictures of Washfield which are provided by:



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.

Rosewell, Colin. When cousins meet: the story of the Coles family of Washfield, Devon, England. Pub. Colin J. Rosewell (2019) 74p.[Westcountry Studies Library]



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

Turner, John Maurice. Washfield: the story of a Devonshire village. Tiverton: The Bookshop (1947) 76p, plates; ill. [Westcountry Studies - B/WAS 3/0001/TUR] [Index]


Land & Property

The Washfield Saga: Land Tenure & Family History in Devon, 1275-1800 (archived copy), from the Harvard Law School. (Relates to the Abbot/Beauchamp, Worth and Hobikyn/Juyl families.)



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS935154 (Lat/Lon: 50.92819, -3.516777), Washfield which are provided by:


Military History

Washfield War Memorial - transcribed by John Williams


Probate Records

Summary of the will of Henry Worth (1680), provided by Edna Marlow.

Transcript of the wills of Simon Worthe (1564) and Simon Worth (1778) provided by Edna Marlow.

Transcript of the will of John Coles (1919), provided by Colin Rosewell.

Alcock, N.W. An American Stray: The Inventory of Henry Worthe of Washfield, 1606. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 34, 7 (1981) pp.271-273.