"YARNSCOMBE, a village and parish, 5 miles N.E. of Great Torrington, and 7 miles S. by E. of Barnstaple, contains 512 souls, and 3047 acres of land. The Trustees of the late Lord Rolle are lords of the manor of Great Yarnscombe; and J.H. Furse, Esq.&, owns that of Little Yarnscombe. J.P. Blew, Esq.&, and several smaller owners, have estates in the parish. The Church (St. Andrew,) is an ancient structure, with several old monuments. The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £7. 11s. 11d., and in 1831 at £132, is in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor, and incumbency of the Rev. John K. Fletcher, D.D., of Callington, Cornwall. The glebe is 30 acres, and the Parsonage is a small stone residence. The tithes were commuted in 1840, the vicarial for £136. 10s., and the rectorial for £152. The latter belong to the Trustees of the late Lord Rolle. There was anciently a chapel at Little Yarnscombe. Here is a small Wesleyan Chapel. . ." [From White's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Devon (1850)]

A parish in Hartland Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple and Diocese of Exeter, 6 miles N.E. of Great Torrington, that had 498 inhabitants in 1831.


Business & Commerce Records

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



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



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 Records

Parish Registers going back to 1653 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1653 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1820-36 - see Ashburton Circuit (PRO RG 4/840)

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1606-1812, Marriages 1606-1812. (These entries are in part from Bishops' Transcripts.)

Deanery of Barnstaple - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837 and Burials 1813-1837 - CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2005). [Index of Atherington: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1800-1837), Barnstaple: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Bishops Tawton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Chittlehampton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Filleigh: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Fremington: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), High Bickington: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Horwood: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1654-1837), Burials (1675-1837), Huntshaw: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Instow: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Landkey: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Newton Tracey: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1570-1837), Burials (1725-1837), Pilton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Swimbridge: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Tawstock: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Westleigh: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1838) [Lookups]


Description & Travel

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

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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 William Cooke, , whose OPC page provides extensive resources: PR resources, Monumental Inscriptions, Newspaper extracts, and more, and who invites queries and lookup requests.

Downs, Dorothy Ruth Miller. Death and Taxes, Devon Family Historian 110, (May 2004), p.4. [Fisher Family]

Richardson, W.H. Pedigree of the family of Clarke of Yarnscombe, Co. Devon, and of Waste Court, Abingdon, Co. Berks., from the records of the College of Arms, Genealogist 2, 1878, pp. 169-72.



Kennard, A.H.W. Yarnscombe A.H.W. Kennard, 26 Birkett Way, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks HP8 4BJ. [1955] 8p. [Westcountry Studies Library - B/YAR 7/0001/KEN]



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