Clovelly Devon Family History Guide

Clovelly is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon. 

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1686
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1610

Nonconformists include: Bible Christian Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Woolfardisworthy West
  • Hartland

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CLOVELLY, a village and a parish in Bideford district, Devon. The village nestles in a woody nook of a picturesque sea-cliff, about 500 feet high, 11 miles W by S of Bideford r. station; is one of the most extraordinary and romantic seats of population in the kingdom; has a post office‡ under Bideford, a small harbour, and an inn; and carries on a fishery in prime herrings and many other kinds of fish. The parish comprises 3,502 acres. Real property, £2,188. Pop., 825. Houses, 193. The manor belonged once to the Giffords; passed, in the time of Richard II., to Sir John Cary; and belongs now to Sir J. H. Williams, Bart. The cliffs on the coast and many parts inland both exhibit splendid scenery, and command magnificent views. Buckish-mill-glen makes a fine break in the cliffs; and the freshwater rivulet forms a pretty cascade over them to the shore. Clovelly Court, the seat of Sir J. H. Williams, is a handsome edifice of 1780, on the site of a previous mansion destroyed by fire; and stands amid grounds surpassingly picturesque, with woods, crags, water-falls, and other features of distinctive interest. Clovelly Dykes, situated on very high ground, is an ancient British camp, 360 feet long and 300 broad, with three trenches or dykes. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £244. Patron, Col. Fane. The church is an ancient structure, with a low tower; was made collegiate, in 1387, by Sir William Cary; and contains a brass and monuments of the Carys. There are chapels for. Wesleyans and Bible Christians.

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

Parish Records

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Birth Marriage and Death Records

England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887

England, Devon and Cornwall Marriages, 1660-1912

England, Devon, Parish Registers, 1538-1912

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

England Marriages, 1538–1973 

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977


Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Grave Indexes

BillionGraves Index

Find A Grave Index

Migration and Naturalisation Records

Migration Records at FamilySearch

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries

Census Records

England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales National Register, 1939

Probate and Court Records

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

Military Records

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920


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