Brendon Devon Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish

Alternative names: Brendan

Parish church: St. Brendon

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1610
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1598

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Exmoor
  • Lynton
  • Countisbury
  • Oare

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BRENDON, a parish in Barnstaple district, Devon; at the northern extremity of the county, adjacent to the coast and to Exmoor forest, 1½ mile ESE of Lynton, and 17 NE of Barnstaple r. station. Post Town, Lynton, under Barnstaple. Acres, 6,733. Real property, £1,570. Pop., 291. Houses, 57. The manor belonged, in the time of Edward the Confessor, to Ailward Tochestone; was given by William the Conqueror to Ralph de Pomerois; passed to the Beaples and the Chichesters; and belongs now to F. W. Knight, Esq. Much of the surface is sheep-walk and deer preserve. The vale of Brendon is narrow, deep, and picturesque. The parish is a meet for the North Devon hounds. Major Wade, a leader in the insurrection under the Duke of Monmouth, was made prisoner at Farley farm. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £200. Patron, F. W. Knight, Esq. The church is a structure partly of 1733, mainly of 1828.

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

Parish Records

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England, Devon, Parish Registers, 1538-1912 (FamilySearch) - free

England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887 (FamilySearch) - free

England, Devon and Cornwall Marriages, 1660-1912 (FamilySearch) - free

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Devon Baptisms, Marriages, Burials (FindMyPast)

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