Belstone Devon Family History Guide

Belstone is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Other places in the parish include: Prestacott and Sticklepath.

Alternative names: Belstone with Sticklepath

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1552
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1608

Nonconformists include:

  • Independent/Congregational

Adjacent Parishes

  • Lydford
  • South Tawton with South Zeal
  • Sampford Courtenay
  • Okehampton

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BELSTONE, a parish in Okehampton district, Devon; on the headstreams of the Taw and Okement rivers, 2 miles SE of Okehampton r. station, and 20 W by N of Exeter. It includes the hamlet of Prestacott; and its Post Town is Okehampton. Acres, 1,500. Real property, £1,205. Pop., 181. Houses, 41. The property is not much divided. The surface lies within Dartmoor, and partakes of its striking scenery. Belstone Cleave, on the course of the Okement river, shows wild massings of rock, with impetuous current of the stream. The glen of St. Michael of Hatstock has the influx of the Black Avon from the uplands of Yes Tor; and contains Chapel Ford, named from an extinct ancient chapel of St. Michael. Belstone Tor, about 1¼. mile above the ford, has on its W side a Druidic circle of 17 stones, the highest not more than 2½ feet above-ground. Some of the inhabitants are employed in woollen manufacture. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £154. Patron, the Rev. H. G. Fothergill. The church is a small edifice of nave and chancel, with a very low tower; has Norman work and a fine old carved screen; is traditionally said to have been built by Baldwin de Brioniis; and was repaired in 1855. There is an Independent chapel.

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

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