Bigbury Devon Family History Guide

Bigbury is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Other places in the parish include: St Ann’s Chapel.

Parish church: St. Lawrence

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1678
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1613

Nonconformists include:

  • Baptist
  • Bible Christian Methodist
  • Presbyterian

Adjacent Parishes

  • Ringmore
  • Modbury
  • Thurlestone
  • Aveton Gifford
  • Kingston

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Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BIGBURY, a village, a parish, and a bay in Kingsbridge district, Devon. The village stands on the right side of the river Avon, 1½ mile from the bay, 3½ S of Modbury, and 8 S of Ivybridge r. station. The parish includes also the hamlet of St. Ann’s Chapel; and its Post Town is Modbury, under Ivybridge. Acres, 3,167; of which 265 are water. Real property, £3,758. Pop., 497. Houses, 108. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £658. Patron,-Livingston, Esq. The church is perpendicular English, with tower and spire; and is good. There are chapels for Baptists and Bible Christians. The bay extends from Bolt-Tail to Stoke-Point; measures 7 ¼. miles across the entrance, and 3¾ thence to the head; receives the rivers Avon and Ferme; is beset with rocks, and very dangerous in navigation; has several coves in its coast; and presents a variety of picturesque views.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

FamilySearch – Birth Marriage & Death Census Migration & Naturalization Military Probate & Court

Ancestry – Census & Voter Lists Birth, Marriage & Death Military Immigration & Emigration Directories & Member Lists Court, Land, Wills & Financial

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

County: Devon
Civil Registration District: Kingsbridge
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Totnes
Diocese: Exeter
Rural Deanery: Woodleigh
Poor Law Union: Kingsbridge
Hundred: Ermington
Province: Canterbury

Further Reading

Devon Family History – Bigbury, Bigbury-On-Sea & Burgh Island by Jason Sullock

Around and About Burgh Island and Bigbury-on-sea by Chips Barber