Zeal Monachorum


"ZEAL MONACHORUM is a village and parish in Taw vale, 8 miles W.N.W. of Crediton, and contains 649 souls, and 2946 acres of land, including the hamlets of Loosebeare or Loxbeare, Burstone, and Tuckingmill. It was anciently called Sele Monachorum, and had the latter part of its name from its being long held by the monastery of Buckfast, to which it was given by King Canute. J.H. Ley, Esq., is now lord of the manor; but Loosebeare belongs to the Kelland family, and Burstone to J. and W. Wreford, Esqrs. Messrs. J. and R. Pedler, John Sweet, and a few smaller owners, have estates in the parish. The Church (St. Peter,) has a tower and five bells; and the living is a rectory, valued in K.B. at £17. 8s. 9d., and in 1831 at £401. The Rev. John Comyns, M.A. of Bishop's Teignton, is the rector, and has sold the patronage to Mr. Tombs. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



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

A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Church of St Peter is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 7 of Devon Memorial inscriptions (DE/M20).

Dwelly, E. (ed.). Devon M. I. vol. 1., being all the monumental inscriptions in the parishes of Countisbury, Brendon, Martinhoe, etc. pp. v. 226. E. Dwelly: Fleet, (1918). 8o. BL 9918.aaa.1. [SoG Library]



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


Church History

Godeck, J.W.G. The parish church of Saint Peter the Apostle, Zeal Monchorum, Devon: a short history and guide (2nd ed.). Shillingford St George: Author (1991) [12]p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - p726.5/ZEA/GOD]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1594 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1594 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The members' area of the Devon FHS website makes available online images, not at present (Mar 2016) available elsewhere, of the Parish Registers covering Zeal Monachorum Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1736-1812, Baptisms: 1813-1853, 1853-1913, Marriages: 1754-1812, 1813-1837, 1837-1912, 1913-1915, Banns: 1813-1850, 1852-1914, Burials: 1813-1895.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1594-1837 and Marriages 1594-1837. (These entries are in part from Bishops' Transcripts.)

Zeal Monachorum burials, 1813-1837, compiled by members of the Devon History Society, Devon Family History Society 1994.

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Bondleigh, Bow, Brushford, Burrington, Chawleigh, Chulmleigh, Clannaborough, Coleridge, Eggesford, Lapford, North Tawton, Nymet Rowland, Wembworthy and Zeal Monachorum. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Directory (1850). CD-ROM 063, Exeter, Devon FHS (2014). [Bondleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Bow Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Brushford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Burrington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Chawleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Chulmleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clannaborough Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1759-1834, Bur: 1697-1836; Coleridge Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Eggesford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1750-1838; Lapford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1567-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; North Tawton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Nymet Rowland Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1756-1836, Bur: 1734-1879; Wembworthy Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1733-1837, Bur: 1813-1839; Zeal Monachorum Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837]


Description & Travel

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

Zeal Monachorum web-site (archived copy).

You can see pictures of Zeal Monachorum 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.



Adams, Ann. Zeal Monachorum: A Rural Devon Parish 1086-1801, The Author, 'Hayne', Zeal Monachorum, Crediton, Devon EX17 6DE. [DFHS Library - 942.35/ZEA]

Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the parish of Zeal Monachorum, Devon. Typescript (1961) 10 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/ZEA/0001/WIL]



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS720039 (Lat/Lon: 50.820455, -3.818524), Zeal Monachorum which are provided by:


Names, Personal

Protestation Return of 1641/42 from Devon Heritage.

Scott, Paul. A Name and a Half, Devon Family Historian, vol. 170, (2019) p.35. [Mahershalalhashbaz , b. Zeal Monachorum 1755 to John & Mary Webber!]


Probate Records

Transcript of the will of Grace Huggins (1854) by Ros Dunning.