Churchstow, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands near the river Avon, 2 miles NW by N of Kingsbridge station on the G.W.R., and has a post office under Kingsbridge. The parish contains also Venn hamlet and the Kingsbridge workhouse. Acreage, 2803; population. of the civil parish, 390; of the ecclesiastical, including Kingsbridge, 1888. Leigh, an ancient grange-house of the Abbey of Buckfastleigh, with a fine 13th century gateway,. now used as a farmhouse, belonged to the Hayes, the Oldhams, and the Bickfords. The living is a vicarage united with Kingsbridge in the diocese of Exeter; value, £240. Patron, the Bishop of Exeter. The church is ancient, consists of nave, chancel, north transept, and south aisle, and was restored in 1848 and in 1889.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Churchstow St. Mary|
|Poor Law union||Kingsbridge|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Churchstow from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Churchstow (St. Mary))
Online maps of Churchstow are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
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- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Devon online:
Villages, Hamlets, &c
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.