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Entry from White's Devonshire 1878:

Alwington parish includes the hamlets of Fairy Cross, Ford, and Woodtown; and its pleasant village is on the Clovelly and Hartland road, 4 miles S.W. by S. of Bideford. The parish, which extends over 2566 acres of land, is in Bideford union, county court district and petty sessional division, Northern division of the county, Shebbear hundred, Barnstaple archdeaconry, and Hartland deanery: it had 353 inhabitants (173 males, 180 females) in 1871, living in 76 houses. J.R.P. Coffin, Esq. is lord of the manor of Alwington, and has a handsome seat here called Portledge, which has been the seat and property of the Coffins nearly from the time of William I. Captain A. Archdale is lord of the manor of South Yeo and owner of the pleasant seat called Yeo Vale and of the barton of Wimscott. The remains of an ancient chapel formerly stood near this mansion, but they have been moved to a more distant part of the grounds. A few smaller owners have estates here. The rivulet Yeo runs through the parish.

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