Kingskerswell, Devon Family History Guide

Kingskerswell Church This church dates from the 14th century and was restored in the mid 19th century.
Kingskerswell Church This church dates from the 14th century and was restored in the mid 19th century. Tony Atkin / Kingskerswell Church / CC BY-SA 2.0

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: St Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1752
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1606

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

Parishes adjacent to Kingskerswell

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].

Parish Registers

Marriages at Kings Kerswell 1752-1837 – UK Genealogy Archives

Family History Links

FamilySearch Historical Records

Vision of Britain historical maps


  • 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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