Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. John the Baptist

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1547
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1609

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Trusham
  • Chudleigh
  • Kenn
  • Exminster
  • Christow
  • Doddiscombsleigh

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ASHTON, a parish in St. Thomas’ district, Devon; adjoining the river Teign, 4 miles N of Chudleigh, and 6½ WSW of Exminster r. station. Post Town, Chudleigh under Newton-Abbot. Acres, 1,709. Real property, £1,985. Pop., 347. Houses, 66. Viscount Exmouth is lord of the manor, and owns most of the land. The Chudleighs were proprietors for several hundred years; and their mansion, some remains of which still exist, was garrisoned for King Charles I., and taken by the Parliamentarians. Manganese ore is mined. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £230. Patron, the Rev. George Ware. The church is a small ancient edifice, with square turreted tower. Charities, £6.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

FamilySearch – Birth Marriage & Death Census Migration & Naturalization Military Probate & Court

Historical Newspapers

Western Morning News

Western Times

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette

North Devon Journal

Express and Echo

See all Devon newspapers

Reasrch Guide: Historical Research Using British Newspapers by Denise Bates

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

County: Devon
Civil Registration District: St Thomas
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Exeter
Diocese: Exeter
Rural Deanery: Dunsford
Poor Law Union: St Thomas
Hundred: Exminster
Province: Canterbury

Further Reading

Ashton Church Devon by Marion Glasscoe