"YEALMPTON, a large and respectable village, with many good houses, is pleasantly situated on a salubrious acclivity, overlooking the river Yealm, 7 miles E. by S. of Plymouth, and 5½ miles W. of Modbury. . . . It has a great cattle market on the fourth Wednesday of every month, and is noted for the social and friendly intercourse of its inhabitants. . . The parish contains 1317 souls, and 3432A. 3R. 36P., of land, generally fertile and mostly arable, and including the hamlets of Dunstone and Yealm Bridge, and many scattered farm houses, &c., and three corn mills. . . . The heiress of Edmund Pollexfen brought [the manor of Yealmpton] to an ancestor of the present owner, E.R.P. Bastard, Esq., of KITLEY, a large and elegant mansion, in the Elizabethan style, . . . The manors of Bowden and Dunstone also belong to Mr. Bastard, and he has large estates in many other parishes. . . . The Church (St. Bartholomew, is a very ancient structure, but is now being completely renovated and nearly all rebuilt, . . . The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £35. 16s. 4½d., and in 1831 at £444, with the perpetual curacy of Revelstoke annexed to it, is in the patronage of the Bishop of Exeter, and incumbency of the Rev. James Longmore, of Cadleigh. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Plympton Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter. Regarded as part of the South Hams area.



Brooking-Rowe, J. Mr Baldwin John Pollexfen Bastard. [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  XXXVIII, (1906), p. 37. [Transcript]


Church History

St Bartholomew's Church, Yealmpton, by Graham Naylor.

Furneaux, James. A paper on Yealmpton church. Exeter Diocesan Architectural Soc. Trans. 1 ser, v. 4, (1853) pp. 245- 249. [Index]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1600 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1600 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

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

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 c1813-37 - see Plymouth Ebenezer (PRO RG 4/1325)

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1600-1850 and Marriages 1600-1609, 1628-1837.

Yealmpton parish register [1600-1650], Manuscript (1930) [150] leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library sx929.3/YEA/1600]

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)]


Description & Travel

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

The village of Yealmpton in Devon, provided by Colin McCormick.

Yealmpton Parish Council web site - photographs, general information.

You can see pictures of Yealmpton which are provided by:



Transcription of the entry in White's Devonshire Directory (1850) by Terry Partridge.

Transcription provided by Val Henderson of the Plymstock and Yealmpton entry (description and names) in Pigot and Co's Directory of Devonshire 1830-31.





Batchelor, Bob. The End of an Era - Part One, Devon Family Historian, vol. 160, (2016) pp.36-39. [The Moss Family - 17-19thC]

Batchelor, Bob. The End of an Era - Part Two, Devon Family Historian, vol. 162, (2017) pp.37-39. [The Moss Family - cont.]

Fox, Charles Henry. A short genealogical account of some of the various families of Fox in the West of England, to which is appended a pedigree of the Crokers of Lineham, and also sketches of the families of Churchill, Yeo, Pollard, Coplestone, Strode, Fortescue and Bonvile. Bristol: T. Kerslake & Co., 1864.

Karkeek, Paul. G. Bastard. In Collectanea Curiosa Devoniensa. Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1878, Vol X, pp. 402-403. [Transcript]

Klein, Fred. John Foote Coad: A family history in five volumes. , Fred Klein

Upton, Delyse. Ordinary Stones Can Be Important, Devon Family Historian, vol. 154, (2015) pp.29-30. [Joel Tall, and descendants, of Kitley House Estate]



Brown, Mike. Heraldic arms at Kitley: genealogical & family history notes on the heraldry in the main hallway at Kitley House. Plymouth: Dartmoor Press (1996) 40p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - px929.8/YEA/BRO]



Yealmpton History (archived copy) - an informative website.

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

Holloway, Peter. Yealmpton yesterday. Metherall: Caradon Printers [1981] 24p: ill, maps. [Westcountry Studies Library - pxB/YEA/0001/HOL]

Pugsley, Stephen. Mother Hubbard and Housekeeping at Kitley in 1869. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.154-157.

Storer, James Sargant. Antiquarian and Topographical Cabinet containing a series of elegant views of the most interesting objects of curiosity in Great Britain accompanied with letter press descriptions. Volume IV, London: Published for the Proprietors by W Clarke, J Carpenter, and Sherwood, Neeley & Jones (1808) Unpaginated. [Text]

Warner, H.J. A history of Yealmpton (Devonshire). Plymouth: Western Morning News [1907] 94p, plates: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - B/YEA/0001/WAR]



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX577516 (Lat/Lon: 50.347077, -4.001374), Yealmpton which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Thomas, E.G. The Yealmpton Pauper Apprentices. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 34, 5 (1980) pp.192-194. [Raymond: Discusses 535 pauper indentures, 1638-1834.]


Probate Records

Transcript of the will of Hannah Belchier Downing (1811), provided by Ros Dunning.

Transcript of the will of Ferdinando Blake (1646) and Martha Blake (1659), provided by Elizabeth Kipp.

Transcript of the will of John Crocker (1521), provided by Kathleen Noye.