Place:Chittlehampton, Devon, England

Alt namesCitremetonasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 79
Curem'tonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 79
Chittlehamholtsource: chapelry in the parish
Coordinates51°N 3.933°W
Located inDevon, England
See alsoSouth Molton Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred in which the parish was located
South Molton Rural, Devon, Englandrural district in which the parish was located 1894-1974
North Devon District, Devon, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Chittlehampton and Chittlehamholt are former parishes very close together. One source states that Chittlehamholt was a chancelry of Chittlehampton, but there is another reference stating that the area of Chittlehampton had been reduced by a transfer to Chittlehamholt. They have been combined together here.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Chittlehampton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"CHITTLEHAMPTON, a village and a parish in South Molton district, Devon. The village stands 3 miles NE of Umberleigh [railway] station, and 5 W of South Molton; and has a post office under South Molton, North Devon. The parish includes also the hamlets of Bidacott, Blakewell, Brightley, and Eastacott. Acres: 8,720. Real property: £8, 544. Population: 1, 660. Houses: 354. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the family of Rolle. Hudscott is the seat of the Heathcotes. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value: £413. Patrons, the Trustees of Lord Rolle. The church is perpendicular English and cruciform; and contains a sculptured stone pulpit, and fine monuments to the Giffords and the Rolles. The vicarago of Chittleham-Holt is a separate charge. There are small chapels for Wesleyans and Plymouth Brethren. An ancient stone cross, on a lofty pedestal, stands about ½ a mile E of the village. Charities, £18.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Chittlehamholt from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"CHITTLEHAM-HOLT, a chapelry in Chittlehampton parish, Devon; on the river Taw, 3½ miles SW of South Molton, and 5 E of Umberleigh [railway] station. Post town, South Molton, North Devon. Population: 317. The manor belongs to the family of Brown. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value: £82. Patrons, the Trustees of Lord Rolle. The church is a modern structure in the early English style, founded by the late Lord Rolle."

Before 1974 the two parishes were in the South Molton Rural District and since 1974 in the North Devon District.

Research Tips

  • Ordnance Survey Maps of England and Wales - Revised: Devonshire Northand Devonshire South illustrate the parish boundaries of Devon when rural districts were still in existence. The maps publication year is 1931. The maps blow up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets. These maps are now downloadable for personal use.
  • GENUKI has a new map feature on its individual Devon parish pages. Each parish page includes an outline map of parishes in the region of the one under inspection. By clicking on this map the user is taken to a blow-up of Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file] provided by R. J. P. Kain and R. R. Oliver of the History Data Service of Colchester, Essex (distributed by UK Data Archive).
  • Devon County Council's Record Offices and Local Studies Libraries are being reorganized and amalgamated to form the Devon Heritage Services, comprising the Devon Heritage Centre (Exeter) and the North Devon Record Office (Barnstaple). These developments, which are described in Historical Records: A New Future for Devon's Heritage, do not affect the other major Devon archive, the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office, or the Local Studies Library, which are located in Plymouth and come under the Plymouth City Council. (Devon FHS report that Plymouth Record Office has just aquired new premises.) There is a guide entitled Which heritage centre or record office should I visit? which is provided to explain the organization further.
  • Devon Family History Society Mailing address: PO Box 9, Exeter, EX2 6YP, United Kingdom. Specialized contacts for membership, publications, queries, etc. The society has branches in various parts of the county. It is the largest Family History Society in the United Kingdom.
  • Devon has a Online Parish Clerk (OPC) Project. Only about half of the parishes have a volunteer contributing local data. For more information, consult the website, especially the list at the bottom of the homepage.
  • GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Devon as well as leading to a collection of 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes. Devon is one of the counties on the GENUKI website that has recently (summer 2015) been updated. The maps described above are just one of the innovations.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date. An index of parishes leads to notes and references for each parish.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has
  1. organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts of the 20th century
  2. excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes
  3. reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960