"WELLCOMBE is a small scattered village and parish, 3 miles S. of Hartland, adjoining Cornwall and the sea, and near the sources of the rivers Torridge and Tamar. It has only 293 souls, and 751 A. 2R. 21P. of land, mostly belonging to L.W. Buck, Esq., the lord of the manor, formerly belonging to the Capra, Merton, Stowell, and Rolle families. The Church (St. Nectan,) is a small ancient structure, and the living is a perpetual curacy, which was separated from Hartland in 1508, and is valued at only £86, in the patronage of Lord Clinton, and incumbency of the Rev. H. M. Cockshott." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Hartland Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter.


Business & Commerce Records

Listings of Licensed Victuallers for this parish are to be found here.



MIs for this parish are included in the NDA North Devon index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.



Transcriptions by Kathy Miller of the 1841 and the 1871 census for Welcombe.

Snetzler, M.F. North Devon Surname Index to the Census. Microfiche: M.F. Snetzler. [Covers 1841, 1861, 1871 and 1881 census records for this parish]


Church History

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

Welcombe village and parish web-site.

Chanter, J.F. Formation of the parish of Welcombe. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 9:3, (1916) pp.70-73. [Agreement between Abbot of Hartland and chapel of Welcombe, 1533] [Index]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1757 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1757-1786, 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1817-37 - see Holsworthy Circuit (PRO RG 4/1210)

No registers entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).

Wickes, Michael J.L. The Marriage Registers of Clovelly, Landcross and Welcombe in North Devon, pre 1838. Taunton, Somerset: Harry Galloway Publishing (1998) 44p. [Lookups]

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Abbotsham, Alverdiscott, Alwington, Bideford, Buckland Brewer, Bulkworthy, Clovelly, East Putford, Frithelstock, Hartland, Landcross, Littleham, Monkleigh, Northam, Parkham, Wear Gifford, Welcombe and West Woolfardisworthy. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850 and Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England 1844, CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2009). [Abbotsham Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Alverdiscott Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1775-1837; Alwington Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Bideford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Buckland Brewer Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Bulkworthy Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1814-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Clovelly Bapt: 1813-1838, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; East Putford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1797-1837, Bur: 1813-1839; Frithelstock Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Hartland Bapt: 1838-1839, Mar: 1558-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Landcross Bapt: 1814-1839, Mar: 1761-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Littleham Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1851; Monkleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Northam Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Parkham Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1537-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Wear Gifford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Welcombe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1757-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; West Woolfardisworthy Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837.]


Description & Travel

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

Lauder, Rosemary Anne. Westward Ho! to Welcombe, Bideford, North Devon, North Devon Books (1994) 70 pp.

Lockyear, Harold. This part of Devon: a description of Hartland and Welcombe for visitors. Bideford: Polypress [1968?] 57p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/HAR 7/1968/LOC]

You can see pictures of Welcombe which are provided by:



Transcript of complete entry in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.

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.



The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Alan Rowland, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: bap. 1777-1812; marr.1757-1836; bur.1778-1812; Hearth Tax List 1674; Devon Protestation Return 1641.)




Land & Property

Spreadsheet transcription of the Tithe Apportionments.



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS227184 (Lat/Lon: 50.937717, -4.524824), Welcombe which are provided by: