Bratton Clovelly Devon Family History Guide

Bratton Clovelly is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Other places in the parish include: Boasley Cross.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1555
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1609

Nonconformists include:

  • Baptist
  • Bible Christian Methodist
  • Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Lew Trenchard
  • Halwill
  • Beaworthy
  • Broadwoodwidger
  • Germansweek
  • Sourton
  • Thrushelton
  • Bridestowe
  • Stowford

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BRATTON-CLOVELLY, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in the district of Okehampton, Devon. The village stands 8 miles WSW of Okehampton r. station, and 12 N by W of Tavistock; is large and scattered; and has a post office under Lew-Down, North Devon. The parish comprises 8,316 acres. Real property, £3,681. Pop., 706. Houses, 147. The property is much subdivided. The manor bore anciently the name of Bracton; and was the birthplace of Henry de Bracton, an eminent lawyer of the time of Edward I. An ancient earthwork, called Broadbury Castle, defended by vallum and fosse, is an eminence about 3 miles N of the village. About 2,000 acres of the land are moor. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £412. Patron, the Bishop of Exeter. The church is a fine edifice of the 15th century, with a lofty tower; and has a handsome font. The subdistrict contains five parishes. Acres, 23,663. Pop., 2,339. Houses, 460.

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: Lifton
Province: Canterbury