Beaford Devon Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: All Saints

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1653
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1597

Nonconformists include:

  • Baptist
  • Bible Christian Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Merton
  • St Giles in the Wood
  • Little Torrington
  • Dolton
  • Roborough
  • Ashreigney

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BEAFORD, a parish in Torrington district, Devon; on the river Torridge, 5 miles SE of Torrington, and 6 ½ WSW of Umberleigh r. station. It has a head post office, designated Beaford, North Devon. Acres, 3,203. Real property, £2,702. Pop., 639. Houses, 133. The property is subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £315. Patron, the Rev.Wood. The church is an old-fashioned edifice with a low tower. There are chapels for Baptists and 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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Abstracts of the Existing Transcripts of the Lost Parish-registers of Devon -


Census & Voter Lists

Birth, Marriage & Death


Immigration & Emigration

Directories & Member Lists

Court, Land, Wills & Financial

Pallot's Marriage Index, 1780-1837

FamilySearch - Free

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

England, Devon, Parish Registers, 1538-1912

England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887

England, Devon and Cornwall Marriages, 1660-1912

International Genealogical Index

FamilySearch Catalog - Online Records


1939 Register - Find out what your ancestors were doing on the eve of WW2 by searching the 1939 Register on Findmypast

1911 British Census

1901 British Census

1891 British Census

1881 British Census

1871 British Census

1861 British Census

1851 British Census

1841 British Census

Boyd's Marriage Indexes, 1538-1850

Devon Baptisms

Devon Burials

Devon Marriages 1507 to 2002 - Discover your ancestor's name, marriage date, spouse's name, and parish

Devon Banns 1629 to 1918 - Discover your ancestor's name, banns dates, intended spouse's name, and parish.

Devon Registers & Records - This collection currently comprises one title: Parish Registers of Hemyock, 1635-1837.

Devon Social & Institutional Records - Find paupers and vagrants, apprentices, peddlers and tradesmen. Discover if they got married, were vaccinated against smallpox or got Christmas presents while their father was fighting WW1. More than two centuries of social history to find rare details of the lives of ordinary people.

Devon Wills Index, 1163-1999 - includes people who were either born or died in Devon. The collection includes information about 295,609 wills, proved across 30 courts. Free

Devon, Land Tax and Valuation Records

Devon, Parish Registers

Devon, Plymouth Prison Records 1832-1919 - Was your ancestor a prisoner or prison officer in Devon in the nineteenth or early twentieth century?

US Servicemen In North Devon, England 1943-1945

Devon Newspapers available at Findmypast

Barnstaple Times and North Devon News

Bright's Intelligencer and Arrival List

Dartmouth & South Hams Chronicle

East & South Devon Advertiser

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette Daily Telegrams

Exeter Flying Post

Exmouth Journal

Express and Echo

Hartland and West Country Chronicle

North Devon Gazette

North Devon Journal

Plymouth and Devonport Weekly Journal and General Advertiser For Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset

Royal Devonport Telegraph, and Plymouth Chronicle

Sidmouth Journal and Directory

Tavistock Gazette

Tiverton Gazette (Mid-Devon Gazette)

Torbay Express and South Devon Echo

Torquay Directory and South Devon Journal

Torquay Times, and South Devon Advertiser

Totnes Weekly Times

Western Courier, West Of England Conservative, Plymouth and Devonport Advertiser

Western Daily Mercury

Western Morning News

Western Times

Devon Newspapers from  British Newspaper Archive

Fully searchable historical newspapers for the Devon area available at British Newspaper Archive.

Western Morning News

Western Times

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette

Express and Echo

Torbay Express and South Devon Echo

Torquay Directory and South Devon Journal

Torquay Times, and South Devon Advertiser


Vision of Britain historical maps


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

Further Reading

The North Devon Coast in Old Photographs from the Beaford Photographic Archive by Beryl Yates

North Devon Country in Old Photographs: v. 1 by Beryl Yates and Beaford Centre