RESEARCHERS PLEASE NOTE
Burlescombe, Westleigh, Holcombe Rogus and other villages in this area have always been in the County of Devon. However, when Civil Registration began in 1837, it was deemed to be more convenient to group these places within the Civil Registration District of Wellington, which is close by but in Somerset. From that time on, births, marriages and deaths in this area were registered as though they had taken place in Somerset and many local people seem to have assumed that they were born in Somerset. Often, that assumption was repeated in Census Returns which use the same Civil Registration Districts.