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].
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