Place:Burlescombe, Devon, England

Alt namesBerlescomasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 78
Berlescomesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 78
Coordinates50.933°N 3.317°W
Located inDevon, England
See alsoCulmstock Rural, Devon, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1935
Tiverton Rural, Devon, Englandrural district to which it was transferred in 1935
Mid Devon District, Devon, Englanddistrict municipality in which the area is located since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Burlescombe is a village and civil parish in the Mid Devon District of Devon, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 911. The village is about 5 miles (8.0 km) south west of Wellington in Somerset. The ruins of the 12th century Canonsleigh Abbey are nearby.

From 1894 Burlescombe was in the Culmstock Rural District until 1935 when the rural district was abolished. It was transferred to the Tiverton Rural District until 1974 when it became part of the Mid Devon District.



The parish was formerly divided into four tithings and hamlets: the Town Tithing, Appledore (near Tiverton), Westleigh (Burlescombe) and Ayshford. In 1872 the lord of the manor was Edward Ayshford Sandford, Esq., but much of the parish belonged to the heirs of Sir William Follett, namely R. H. Clarke Esq., Henry Dunsford Esq., and other freeholders. (Source: John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72)

As part of the construction of the Grand Western Canal in about 1810, several bridges and culverts were constructed at Burlescombe. Limestone of superior quality abounded in the locality and in the 19th century great quantities of it were sent off by canal and railway.

Burlescombe railway station was opened by the Bristol and Exeter Railway in 1867. A siding on the west side served the railway's nearby ballast quarry at Westleigh. Both the station and siding are now closed. The parish includes Tiverton Parkway railway station, which was opened in 1986.

In 1872 the parish was entitled to send a boy to nearby Uffculme Free School, founded in 1701 by Nicholas Ayshford who endowed it with £47 per annum. The charity is still in existence today.

The parish church

The parish church dedicated to St Mary is chiefly of the time of Henry VII (1485–1509) and was renovated in 1843. It contains a beautiful ancient rood-screen, and fine monuments of the Ayshford family. The parish church was renovated in 1843 when new carved oak pews and stained glass windows were added and the heraldic blazonry on the screen was re-painted.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Burlescombe. Including descriptions of the monuments to the Ayshford family and short biographies.

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.
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