Fremington Devon Family History Guide

Fremington is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Other places in the parish include: Bickington Hill, Bickington, Holmacott, and Lovacott.

Parish church: St. Peter

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1602
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1607

Nonconformists include:

  • Baptist
  • Bible Christian Methodist
  • Independent/Congregational
  • Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Alverdiscott
  • Horwood
  • Tawstock
  • Yarnscombe
  • Newton Tracey
  • Westleigh
  • Instow

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

FREMINGTON, a village, a parish, and a hundred in Devon. The village stands on the estuary of the Taw, near the Bideford railway, 3 miles W of Barnstaple; was known, in the time of the Saxons, as Freemanton; was a borough, in the time of Edward III., sending members to parliament; and now has a station on the railway, and a post office designated Fremington, North Devon. A small creek at it, called Fremington Pill, is an anchoring-place of vessels trading with Barnstaple, and a discharging-place of coal-vessels. The parish contains also the village of Bickington; and is in the district of Barnstaple. Acres, 6,810. Real property, £6,108. Pop., 1,245. Houses, 272. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged anciently to the Traceys, barons of Barnstaple; passed to the Hollands, the Acklands, and others; and belongs now to W. A. Yeo, Esq. Fremington House, the seat of Mr. Yeo, is a handsome mansion, amid extensive grounds, with a fine collection of exotics. Bickington House and Brynsworthy also are principal residences. Building-stone and pipe-clay occur; and a salmon fishery is carried on. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £373. Patron, the Rev. J. T. Pigot. The church is ancient; has a square turreted tower; and is good. There are two Baptist chapels, and charities £86. The hundred lies between the Taw and the Torridge, and contains eleven parishes. Acres, 31,384. Pop., 5,861. Houses, 1,192.

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

Parish Records

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Historical Newspapers

Western Morning News

Western Times

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette

North Devon Journal

Express and Echo


Vision of Britain historical maps


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