Ashwater Devon Family History Guide

Ashwater is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Other places in the parish include: Quoditch, Presticot, Muckworthy, and Buckhorn.

Parish church: St. Peter

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1606

Nonconformists include: Baptist and Bible Christian Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Halwill
  • Broadwoodwidger
  • St Giles on the Heath
  • Clawton
  • Hollacombe
  • Cookbury
  • Bradford
  • Virginstow
  • Tetcott
  • Luffincott
  • Black Torrington

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ASHWATER, a village and a parish in Holsworthy district, Devon. The village stands 7 miles SSE of Holsworthy, and 21 SSW of Bideford r. station. It has a post office under Launceston, and fairs on the first Tuesday in May, and on the Monday after 1 Aug. The parish includes also the hamlet of Quoditch. Acres, 8,587. Real property, £3,887. Pop., 803. Houses, 161. The property is subdivided. Good building-stone is quarried. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £700. Patron, W. W. Melhuish, Esq. The church is an old structure, with lofty pinnacled tower; and contains several monuments and a very fine ancient font. There are two chapels of Bible Christians.

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

Parish Records

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Historical Newspapers

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: Holsworthy
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Totnes
Diocese: Exeter
Rural Deanery: Holsworthy
Poor Law Union: Holsworthy
Hundred: Black Torrington
Province: Canterbury