Place:Goodleigh, Devon, England

Alt namesGodelegasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 81
Godelegesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 81
Coordinates51.083°N 4.067°W
Located inDevon, England
See alsoBraunton Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred in which it was situated
Barnstaple Rural, Devon, Englandrural district in which the parish was located 1894-1974
North Devon District, Devon, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974

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Goodleigh is a village, civil parish and former manor in the North Devon District of Devon, England. The village lies about 2-1/2 miles north-east of the historic centre of Barnstaple. It is generally a linear settlement.

The parish church of St Gregory, a grade II* listed building with surviving ancient parts, was largely rebuilt in 1881.

Goodleigh Manor

Goodleigh Manor was owned by Robert Newton Incledon (1761-1846), formerly of Yeotown, Goodleigh, who purchased the manor from the Rashleigh family.

Combe, Goodleigh (the Acland family)

The estate of Combe was, in the 17th century, a seat of a branch of the Acland family. Combe was the residence of a junior branch of the Acland family, who originated in the 12th century at the estate of Acland, 1/2 mile to the south in the parish of Landkey. Two 17th century mural monuments survive in Goodleigh Church to members of the Acland family of Combe. The descent was as follows:

  • James I Acland of Combe, who married Margaret Markham of Barnstaple. James was the younger son of Anthony Acland (d.1568) of Hawkridge, Chittlehampton, the younger son of John V Acland of Acland, Landkey. The senior line of this family, of Flemish origin and first recorded at Acland in 1155, later became Acland Baronets and from the 18th century were one of the wealthiest and most prominent land-owning families in Devon, seated at Killerton in Devon and at Holnicote Estate in Selworthy, Somerset.
  • Thomas I Acland (d.1635), eldest son and heir, who married Katherine Palmer (d.1622, buried Goodleigh) of Barnstaple.
  • James II Acland (1630-1655), grandson, who died without progeny. He was the son and heir of Thomas II Acland (1609-1633), (son and heir apparent of Thomas I Acland (d.1635) (whom he predeceased)) by his wife (whom he married at Braunton) Agnes Shepherd. The mural monuments of both father and son survive in Goodleigh church. Agnes married Rev. Josias Gole after the death of Thomas II Acland.

Yeotown, Goodleigh (Robert Newton Incledon)

[see also the Wikipedia article Yeotown, Goodleigh]

The estate was situated in the sequestered wooded valley of the small River Yeo, about 1 mile south-west of the village of Goodleigh. The mansion house, formerly owned by the Beavis family, was remodelled in about 1807 in the neo-gothic style by Robert Newton Incledon (1761-1846), husband of Elizabeth Beavis and eldest son of Benjamin Incledon (1730-1796) of Pilton House, Pilton, near Barnstaple, an antiquarian and genealogist and Recorder of the Borough of Barnstaple (1758–1796). It was demolished during his lifetime. Today only one of the large gatehouses survives, since converted into a farmhouse known as Ivy Lodge.

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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