Tawstock is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Other places in the parish include: Chapelton, Eastacombe, Harracott, Hiscott, and Tawstock Holy Trinity.

Alternative names: Tawstock with Harracott

Parish church: St. Peter

Parish registers begin: 1538. Separate registers exist for Tawstock Holy Trinity: 1842

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Bible Christian Methodist, Plymouth Brethren, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Tawstock

Historical Descriptions

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Tawstock (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of Barnstaple, hundred of Fremington, Braunton and N. divisions of Devon, 2 miles (S.) from Barnstaple; containing 1429 inhabitants. It comprises 5000 acres, including 400 common or waste land. The manor-house, which was garrisoned by Sir T. Fairfax, in Feb. 1646, was almost consumed by fire in 1787, but was rebuilt by the late Sir B. Wrey, Bart., except the ancient gateway, which still remains, bearing date 1574. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £69.12. 1., and in the patronage of Sir B. Wrey, Bart.: the tithes have been commuted for £930, and there are 93 acres of glebe. The Independents and Roman Catholics have places of worship.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog


Census returns for Tawstock, 1841-1891

Church Records

England, Devon, Tawstock, bishop’s transcripts, 1597-1836 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Tawstock (Devonshire); Devon Record Office (Exeter)

England, Devon, Tawstock, parish registers, 1538-1997 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Tawstock (Devonshire); Devon Record Office (Exeter)

Tawstock marriage registers, 1813-1837 Author: Devon Family History Society


The Deanery of Barnstaple


Land tax assessment for Tawstock, 1780-1832 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Devonshire)

Land tax assessment of Tawstock, 1798


England, Devon Bishop’s Transcripts, 1558-1887

England, Devon and Cornwall Marriages, 1660-1912

England, Devon, Parish Registers, 1538-1912

England, Devon, Plymouth Prison Records, 1821-1919

Exeter Marriage Licenses 1523-1631

Exeter Burial Records

Devon Cemetery Photos

South Hams Memorial Inscriptions

Appledore Burials 1844-1970

Devon Calendars of Prisoners

Devon Convicts Transported to Australia 1782-1821

Records for England

Births and Baptism Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

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

Marriage Records

England Marriages, 1538–1973

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

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

Death Records

England Death Records, 1998-2015

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

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

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

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660

Non-Conformist Records

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


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 Census, 1911


United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

War and Conflict

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

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

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

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

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

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

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

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries


  • 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

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