Place:Morchard Bishop, Devon, England

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NameMorchard Bishop
Alt namesMorchetsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 84
Morchard Roadsource: railway station name, often quoted in Wikipedia
Bishop-Morchardsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeParish
Coordinates50.85°N 3.75°W
Located inDevon, England
See alsoCrediton Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred of which the parish was a part
Crediton Rural, Devon, Englandrural district in which the parish was located 1894-1974
Mid Devon District, Devon, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


Morchard Bishop is a village and civil parish in Mid Devon District in the English county of Devon. From 1894 until 1974 Morchard Bishop was in the Crediton Rural District. At the UK census of 2001 it had a population of 975.

It is often referred to by the name of its railway station, Morchard Road, or as Bishop-Morchard.

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

"BISHOP-MORCHARD, or Morchard-Bishop, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in Crediton [registration] district, Devon. The village stands 2¼ miles ENE of a station on the North Devon railway, called Morchard Road, and 6½ miles NW of Crediton; and has a post office of the designation of Morchard-Bishop, North Devon; and a fair is held at it on the Monday after 9 Sept.-—The parish includes also several small hamlets. Acres: 7,088. Real property: £8,361. Population: 1,658. Houses: 362. The property is subdivided. The manor formerly belonged to the Bishops of Exeter. Barton House is a fine edifice. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value: £533. Patron: Rev. R. Bartholomew. The church consists of nave, chancel, and aisles, with a tower; is a neat structure; was not long ago repaired; and contains several monuments. There are chapels for Independents and Bible Christians.
"The [registration] subdistrict contains ten parishes. Acres: 27,659. Population: 4,569. Houses: 964."

Registration Districts

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
  • More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.

Crediton Hundred, Devon, England|hundred of which the parish was a part