Heanton Punchardon, Devon


Heanton Punchardon, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands near the mouth of the river Taw, 4 1/2 miles NNW of Barnstaple, with a station at Wrafton on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Barnstaple; money order and telegraph office, Braunton. The parish contains also the hamlets of Chivenor, Wrafton, and West Ashford. Area, 2442 acres; population, 449. Robert de Puncharden, who came over with William the Conqueror, received the manor of Heanton at the hands of Baldwin the Sheriff. Robert's descendants were lords of Heaton Punchardon till the end of the 13th century, when Joan, the heiress, married a Barrett, whose descendants were possessed of Heanton Manor down to recent times. The Williams family are lords of the manor. Heanton Court was formerly the seat of the Punchardon family, and is now a farmhouse. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; gross value, £370 with residence. The church is Early English, and good; comprises nave, aisle, and chancel, with a lofty tower; and has a handsome carved screen and a fine canopied tomb of one of the Coffin family. The building was well restored in 1889.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1584.

Findmypast, in association with the South West Heritage Trust, Parochial Church Council, and Devon Family History Society have the Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials online for Heanton Punchardon


Details of the places of worship in Heanton Punchardon, and their records, can be found on the following pages:


Old maps of Heanton Punchardon are available on the old-maps.co.uk site, and a current map is available on the Streetmap.co.uk site.

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Devon online:

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1564, with additions from the earlier visitation of 1531, is online.

A part transcript of The Visitations of Devon comprising the Herald's Visitations of 1531, 1564, and 1620, with additions by Lieut-Col J.L. Vivian.