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Kennerleigh, St John the Baptist church
Kennerleigh, St John the Baptist church
Kennerleigh is located in Devon
Location within Devon
Population145 (2011 UK Census)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCrediton
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50°51′16″N 3°40′41″W / 50.8545°N 3.67803°W / 50.8545; -3.67803Coordinates: 50°51′16″N 3°40′41″W / 50.8545°N 3.67803°W / 50.8545; -3.67803

Kennerleigh is a village and civil parish in Devon, England.[1]

The church is dedicated to St John the Baptist, which underwent significant restoration around 1847. There was previously a chapel dedicated to St. Clement which is first recorded in 1334.[1]

The village, in ancient times known as Kynwarthlegh, was a parish of Crediton Hundred.[2] Lords of the manor included members of the Hidon and Dowrich/Dowrish families.[3]

1855 drawing of the top of an inlaid table depicting two hands of a game of piquet on which the manor of Kennersleigh was lost by Thomas Dowrish in the 17th century. The losing hand is that at left, four aces, four kings, and four queens.[4]
Collection of Saltram House

Polwhele, in his "History of Devon" states that Thomas Dowrich sold the manor to John Northcote.[5] According to tradition, however, memorialised in a family card table, he instead gambled away the manor to Sir Arthur Northcote, 2nd Baronet in a game of piquet. Sabine Baring-Gould describes the game in his 1898 book An Old English Home and its Dependencies:[4]

Mr. Dowrish, being eldest hand, held the four aces, four kings, and four queens, and promptly offered to bet his manor of Kennerleigh against £500, by no means its value even in those days, that he won the game. Sir Arthur took the bet, having a claim of carte blanche on his undiscarded hand. After Sir Arthur had discarded, he took up two knaves, and held two points of five each, each headed by the knave. Mr. Dowrish being about to declare, was stopped by Sir Arthur's claim for ten for carte blanche, which ruined his chances. The point fell to Sir Arthur, and two quints.


  1. ^ a b "Kennerleigh". Devon County Council. Archived from the original on 4 November 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  2. ^ Kennerleigh: historical and genealogical information at GENUKI.
  3. ^ White, William (1850). History, gazetteer, and directory of Devonshire. Simkin, Marshall and Company. pp. 276–7. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b Baring-Gould, Sabine (1898). "Scapegraces". An Old English Home and its Dependencies. London. pp. 280–2.
  5. ^ White, William (1879). History, Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Devon: Including the City of Exeter, and Comprising a General Survey of the County. p. 698.