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St John the Baptist Church, Hawkchurch
Julie Baker 2010

Hawkchurch is a village in East Devon, 3 miles North East of Axminster and 4 miles North of Lyme Regis. The parish, in the Archdeaconry of Dorset and Diocese of Bristol is located on the border of Devon and Dorset. Because of its location, it has been classified as part of each county at different times, but was formally transferred from Dorset to Devon in 1896.

The parish church of St. John the Baptist dates from Saxon times, however, the current building is thought to have been built in the 15th century

The parish comprises the tythings of Wyldecourt and Phillyholme. The manor belonged to Cerne abbey; and was given, at the dissolution, to John Leigh. Lambert's Castle Hill rises to an altitude of about 990 feet; and has traces of a Roman camp.

In 1878 the Rev. John Going became rector to the parish and planted rose trees on the walls of every cottage which gave Hawkchurch its title "The Village of Roses".

The village pub, "The Old Inn", is a traditional coaching house and a hostelry has been on the site since 1543.


St John the Baptist Church, Hawkchurch
Julie Baker 2010

The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Hawkchurch is Julie Baker
Please contact Julie by e-mail if you have further queries (click on Julie's name above for a preformatted email)

Census 1841 Census [Jacqui Bowen]
1851 Census District 5A only [Jacqui Bowen]
1861 Census District 8 District 9 District 10 [Jacqui Bowen]
1871 Census
1891 Census
1901 Census
Parish Registers Baptisms 1663-1851 [Michaela Poynton-Smith]
Marriages 1664-1812 [Kim Parker]
Trade & Postal Directories  
Other Records Society of Friends (Quaker) Births 1648-1704 [Caryl Parsons]
Society of Friends (Quaker) Deaths 1668-1698 [Caryl Parsons]
Monumental Inscriptions  
Maps Map showing the Parish Boundary
Original records held at the Devon Record Office, Exeter
(copies held at the Dorset History Centre)
Christenings 1663-1851. Marriages 1813-1864. Burials 1663-1851. Banns




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