Place:Withycombe Raleigh, Devon, England

NameWithycombe Raleigh
Alt namesWidecomasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 88
Widecomesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 88
Withycombe-Rawleighsource: FamilySearch Library Catalog
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates50.617°N 3.383°W
Located inDevon, England
See alsoEast Budleigh Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred of which the parish was a part
Exmouth, Devon, Englandurban district into which it was merged (20th century, date unknown)
East Devon District, Devon, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974

Withycombe Raleigh is one of the two ecclesiastical parishes that make up the town of Exmouth on the south coast of Devon, England.

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

"WITHYCOMBE-RAWLEIGH, a village and a parish in St. Thomas [registration] district, Devon. The village stands 1¼ mile NE of Exmouth [railway] station, and has a post-office under Exmouth, Devon. The parish includes Hulham hamlet and part of Exmouth town. Acres: 2,617; of which 635 are water. Real property: £8,833; of which £87 are in gasworks. Population in 1851: 1,811; in 1861: 2,145, of whom 1,567 were in Exmouth. Houses: 357. The property is much subdivided. There are many fine residences. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value: £210. Patron: the Hon. M. Rolle. The church was rebuilt in 1748; and a new church, in the decorated English style and cruciform, was built in 1864, at a cost of £6,000. There are national schools, and charities £13."
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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.)