Alwington, Devon Family History Guide

Alwington is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Other places in the parish include: Ford, Woodtown, and Fairy Cross.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1549

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Alwington

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ALWINGTON, a parish in Bideford district, Devon; on the river Yeo, 4 miles SW by W of Bideford r. station. It contains the hamlets of Fairy-Cross, Ford, and Wood town; and its Post Town is Bideford. Acres, 2,655. Real property, £1,802. Pop., 359. Houses, 74. The Coffin family have held the manor since the Conquest, and have a handsome residence on it called Portledge. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £243. Patron, J. R. P. Coffin, Esq. The church is a very ancient pile, with lofty pinnacled tower; and contains several monuments. Remains of an ancient chapel occur at Yeo vale; and there is a small Wesleyan chapel at Ford. Charities, £16.

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

Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Alwington, 3 miles S.W. Bideford. P. 392

Source: Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850

Fairy Cross

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Fairy Cross, a hamlet in Alwington parish, Devon; 3¼ miles SW of Bideford.

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

Birth Marriage and Death Records

England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887

England, Devon and Cornwall Marriages, 1660-1912

England, Devon, Parish Registers, 1538-1912


England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

England Marriages, 1538–1973 

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977


Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Grave Indexes

BillionGraves Index

Find A Grave Index

Migration and Naturalisation Records

Migration Records at FamilySearch

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries

Census Records

England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales National Register, 1939

Probate and Court Records

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

Military Records

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

Historical Newspapers

Barnstaple Times and North Devon News

Western Morning News

Western Times

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette

North Devon Journal

Express and Echo


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Devon
  • Civil Registration District: Bideford
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple
  • Diocese: Exeter
  • Rural Deanery: Hartland
  • Poor Law Union: Bideford
  • Hundred: Shebbear
  • Province: Canterbury