Bridestowe Devon Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish

Alternative names: Bridestow, Bridestowe with Sourton

Parish church: St. Bridget

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1696
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1609

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Bible Christian Methodist, Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Lydford
  • Lew Trenchard
  • Bratton Clovelly
  • Sourton
  • Thrushelton
  • Brent Tor
  • Coryton
  • Lamerton
  • Okehampton

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BRIDESTOW, a village and a parish in Okehampton district, Devon. The village lies in a pleasant valley, near Dartmoor, 6 miles SW of Okehampton, and 11 N by E of Tavistock r. station; was formerly called Bridgetstow; and has a post office of the name of Bridestow, North Devon, and fairs on the first Wednesday of June and 29 July. The parish comprises 5,661 acres. Real property, £3,995. Pop., 832. Houses, 176. The property is divided among a few. Millaton House is the seat of J. G. Newton, Esq., and contains a collection of natural history objects from Dartmoor; and Leawood was long the seat of the Calmady family, and is now the seat of S.Hamlyn, Esq. There are extensive limeworks. The living is a rectory, united with the p. curacy of Sourton, in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £424. Patron, the Bishop of Exeter The church is very old; has a curious Norman gateway; and was restored in 1866. There are chapels for Independents, Wesleyans, and Bible Christians, and a fine school of 1863.

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

Devon Baptisms, Marriages, Burials (FindMyPast)

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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: Tavistock
Poor Law Union: Okehampton
Hundred: Lifton
Province: Canterbury