Black Torrington Devon Family History Guide

Black Torrington is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Other places in the parish include: Chilla.

Alternative names: Blacktorrington

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1547
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1598

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Bible Christian Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Halwill
  • Beaworthy
  • Buckland Filleigh
  • Sheepwash
  • Hatherleigh
  • Highampton
  • Cookbury
  • Bradford
  • Northlew
  • Shebbear
  • Petrockstowe
  • Ashwater

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

TORRINGTON (Black), a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a hundred, in Devon. The village stands on the river Torridge, 8½ miles E by N of Holsworthy r. station; and has a post-office under Highampton, North Devon. The parish contains also four hamlets, and comprises 7,200 acres. Real property, £3,836. Pop., 1,020-Houses, 216. The property is much subdivided. Glove-making is carried on. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £610. Patron, Lord Poltimore. The church was built in 1535. There are a Bible Charistian chapel, a national school, and some charities. The sub-district contains 4 parishes, and is in Holsworthy district. Acres, 16,804. Pop., 1,970. Houses, 404. The hundred contains 34 parishes and 3 parts. Acres, 145,202. Pop. in 1851, 19,912; in 1861, 18,295. Houses, 3,660.

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: 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