Place:Parkham, Devon, England

Alt namesPerchehamsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 85
Ash in Packhamsource: hamlet in parish
Broad Parkhamsource: hamlet in parish
Buck's Crosssource: hamlet in parish
Bucks Millssource: hamlet in parish
Goldworthysource: hamlet in parish
Horns Crosssource: hamlet in parish
Newhaven in Parkhamsource: hamlet in parish
Peppercombesource: hamlet in parish
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates50.967°N 4.297°W
Located inDevon, England
See alsoShebbear Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred of which the parish was a part
Bideford Rural, Devon, Englandrural district in which the parish was located 1894-1974
Torridge District, Devon, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Parkham (#13 on map) is a small village, civil parish and former manor situated 5 miles southwest of the town of Bideford in the northern part of Devon. In the UK census of 2001 its population was 742, compared to 786 in 1901.

From 1894 until 1974 Parkham was in the Bideford Rural District and since 1974 local administration is dealt with by the Torridge District.

The following description from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72 is provided by the website A Vision of Britain Through Time (University of Portsmouth Department of Geography).

"PARKHAM, a parish and a [registration] sub-district in Bideford [registration] district, Devon. The parish lies on the river Yeo, 6 miles S W of Bideford [railway] station; contains the hamlet of Horns Cross, which has a post-office under Bideford; and contains also the hamlets of Ash, Broad Parkham, Goldworthy, Newhaven, Peppercombe, and part of Buck's Mills [shared with Woolfardisworthy]. Acres: 5,808. Real property: £4,328. Population in 1851: 951; in 1861: 886. Houses: 187.
"The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the Hon. Mark Rolle. Bableigh was a seat of the Risdons.
"The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value: £635. Patron: W. H. Stone, Esq. The church is ancient, and has a tower. There are chapels for Wesleyans, Bible Christians, and Plymouth Brethren, a parochial school, and charities £5.
Image:Bideford RD 1931_1944 small.png

Registration Districts

Research Tips

(revised Jul 2021)

  • Ordnance Survey Map of Devonshire North and Devonshire South are large-scale maps covering the whole of Devon between them. They show the parish boundaries when Rural Districts were still in existence and before the mergers of parishes that took place in 1935 and 1974. When expanded the maps can show many of the small villages and hamlets inside the parishes. These maps are now downloadable for personal use but they can take up a lot of computer memory.
  • GENUKI has a selection of maps showing the boundaries of parishes in the 19th century. The contribution from "Know Your Place" on Devon is a huge website yet to be discovered in detail by this contributor.
  • Devon has three repositories for hands-on investigation of county records. Each has a website which holds their catalog of registers and other documents.
  • There is, however, a proviso regarding early records for Devon. Exeter was badly hit in a "blitz" during World War II and the City Library, which then held the county archives, was burnt out. About a million books and historic documents went up in smoke. While equivalent records--particularly wills--are quite easy to come by for other English counties, some records for Devon and surrounding counties do not exist.
  • Devon Family History Society Mailing address: PO Box 9, Exeter, EX2 6YP, United Kingdom. The society has branches in various parts of the county. It is the largest Family History Society in the United Kingdom. The website has a handy guide to each of the parishes in the county and publishes the registers for each of the Devon dioceses on CDs.
  • This is the home page to the GENUKI Devon website. It has been updated since 2015 and includes a lot of useful information on each parish.
  • Devon has a Online Parish Clerk (OPC) Project which can be reached through GENUKI. 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.
  • Magna Britannia, Volume 6 by Daniel Lysons and Samuel Lysons. A general and parochial history of the county. Originally published by T Cadell and W Davies, London, 1822, and placed online by British History Online. This is a volume of more than 500 pages of the history of Devon, parish by parish. It is 100 years older than the Victoria County Histories available for some other counties, but equally thorough in its coverage. Contains information that may have been swept under the carpet in more modern works.
  • There is a cornucopia of county resources at Devon Heritage. Topics are: Architecture, Census, Devon County, the Devonshire Regiment, Directory Listings, Education, Genealogy, History, Industry, Parish Records, People, Places, Transportation, War Memorials. There are fascinating resources you would never guess that existed from those topic titles. (NOTE: There may be problems reaching this site. One popular browser provider has put a block on it. This may be temporary, or it may be its similarity in name to the Devon Heritage Centre at Exeter.)
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