Kingskerswell, Devon Family History Guide

Kingskerswell is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Devon, created in 1829 from chapelry in St Marychurch Ancient Parish.

Alternative names: Kings Carswell

Other places in the parish include: South Whilborough and North Whilborough.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1752

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Presbyterian, Bible Christians and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Kingskerswell

  • Abbotskerswell
  • Cockington
  • Coffinswell
  • Ipplepen
  • Marldon
  • St Marychurch

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

KINGSKERS WELL, or KINGS-CARSWELL, a village and a parish in Newton-Abbot district, Devon. The village stands adjacent to the Torquay railway, 3 miles SSE of Newton-Abbot; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Newton-Abbot. The parish contains also the hamlets of North Whilborough and South Whilborough-Acres, 1,744. Real property, £4,455. Pop., 903. Houses, 192. The manor belonged at Domesday to the Crown; passed to the families of De Molis, Courtenay, and Dynham; and, with Barton Hall, belongs now to H. L. Brown, Esq. Remains of an old mansion are near the church; and some Roman coins have been found on the neighbouring Down. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £110. Patron, the Vicar of St. Marychurch. The church is later English, with portions decorated; was recently repaired; has a tower; and contains three fine monuments to the Courtenays and the Dynhams. There are chapels for Baptists, Wesleyans, and Bible Christians, a national school, and charities £19.

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


  • County: Devon
  • Civil Registration District: Newton Abbot
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiars of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter
  • Diocese: Exeter
  • Rural Deanery: Post-1847 – Ipplepen, Pre-1848 – None
  • Poor Law Union: Newton Abbot
  • Hundred: Haytor
  • Province: Canterbury

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