Atherington Devon Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1596

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Bible Christian Methodist, Presbyterian

Adjacent Parishes

  • High Bickington
  • Tawstock
  • Bishop's Tawton
  • Yarnscombe
  • Chittlehampton

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ATHERINGTON, a village and a parish in Barnstaple district, Devon. The village stands on a hill, adjacent to the river Taw, in the vicinity of Umberleigh r. station, 7 miles SSE of Barnstaple; and has a post office under Barnstaple. The parish comprises 3,326 acres. Real property, £3,270. Pop., 598. Houses, 120. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the Bassetts. A palace of King Athelstan is said to have stood at Umberleigh; and an ancient chapel was there, which also is said to have been built by him. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £403. Patron, the Rev. J. Arthur. The church is an ancient edifice, of nave, chancel, and north aisle, in bad condition; was a cell to Caen abbey; and contains a very handsome carved screen, and two recumbent effigies of the 15th century, brought to it in 1800 from the chapel at Umberleigh. There are a Baptist chapel in the village, and a Wesleyan chapel at Langridge.

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

Abstracts of the Existing Transcripts of the Lost Parish-registers of Devon -

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: Barnstaple
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple
Diocese: Exeter
Rural Deanery: Barnstaple
Poor Law Union: Barnstaple
Hundred: North Tawton with Winkleigh
Province: Canterbury