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Throwleigh is located within West Devon local authority area. Historically it formed part of Wonford Hundred. It falls within Okehampton Deanery for ecclesiastical purposes. The Deaneries are used to arrange the typescript Church Notes of B.F.Cresswell which are held in the Westcountry Studies Library. The population was 331 in 1801 241 in 1901 . Figures for other years are available on the local studies website. In 1641/2 67 adult males signed the Protestation returns.

A parish history file is held in Okehampton Library. You can look for other material on the community by using the place search on the main local studies database. Further historical information is also available on the Genuki website.

Maps: The image below is of the Throwleigh area on Donn's one inch to the mile survey of 1765.


On the County Series Ordnance Survey mapping the area is to be found on 1:2,500 sheet 77/15 Six inch (1:10560) sheet 77SE
The National Grid reference for the centre of the area is SX668908. On the post 1945 National Grid Ordnance Survey mapping the sheets are: 1:10,000 (six inch to a mile: sheet SX69SE, 1:25,000 mapping: sheet Explorer 113, Landranger (1:50,000) mapping: sheet 191. Geological sheet 324 also covers the area.

Extract from Devon by W.G.Hoskins (1954), included by kind permission of the copyright holder:

THROWLEIGH is a more remote parish on the NE. edge of Dartmoor, much of it running far up into the high moorland. Numerous hut-circles are to be found on Throwleigh Common.

The church (St. Mary the Virgin) is most attractive: rebuilt of granite in the 15th century with a N. aisle added early in the 16th. The dignified granite tower was added c. 1500. Notice the fine priest's doorway, the 15th century pulpit incorporating fragments of the rood-screen, and the E. window by Comper.

The parish contains a number of fine old moorland farmhouses, lying down in the sheltered hollows below the intricate lanes. Most notable of these are North Wonson (a fine specimen of an early 16th century granite farmhouse), Wonson Manor (17th century) near the remains of an older house, and Shilston (16th and 17th century). In the "village" are the 15th century Church House, and some other houses and cottages of 16th and 17th century date. This is an unspoiled piece of country, in which the student of English peasant building will find much to please and interest him.

Creator: Devon Library and Information Services
Title: Throwleigh community page
Imprint: Exeter : Devon Library and Information Services
Date: 2004
Format: Web page : HTML
Series: Devon community web pages ; GAZTHR3
Ref. no.: WEB GAZTHR3
Coverage: Devon . Throwleigh . History . Web pages

Last Updated: 08/03/2005

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