Place:Salcombe, Devon, England

TypeTown, Urban district
Coordinates50.237°N 3.783°W
Located inDevon, England
See alsoStanborough Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred in which the area was located
Malborough, Devon, Englandcivil parish from which Salcombe was formed
South Hams District, Devon, Englanddistrict municipality in which it is now a part
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

NOTE: The village of Salcombe Regis is located near Sidmouth, east of Exeter in East Devon.

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Salcombe is a town in the South Hams district of Devon, England. The town is built mostly on the steep west side of the Kingsbridge Estuary, close to its mouth. The town's extensive waterfront and the naturally sheltered harbour formed by the estuary gave rise to its success as a boat-, ship- building and sailing port. In modern times, tourism, especially in the form of pleasure sailing and yachting, has been important to its economic well-being. There is also a crabbing industry.

Salcombe was part of the ancient division of Devon known as the Stanborough Hundred. During the 19th century it was ecclesiastically a chapelry in Malborough parish. In 1894 it was created as an urban district from part of Malborough civil parish and its size was increased by absorbing a part of West Alvington in the same year.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Salcombe.

Registration Districts

Prior to 1894 see Malborough and West Alvington.

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.
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