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West Leigh, Devon

Historical Description

Leigh, West, a parish in Devonshire, on the river Tor-ridge, and 2 miles NNE of Bideford station on the L. & S.W.R. It contains a village of its own name, and the hamlets of East Leigh and Southcott, and its post town is Bideford; money order and telegraph office, Mastow. Acreage, 2464; population, 483. The manor was known to the Saxons as Westlega. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £185 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. The church is ancient but good, and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower. There are two Wesleyan chapels.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDevon 
Ecclesiastical parishWest Leigh St. Peter 
Poor Law unionBarnstaple 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Villages, Hamlets, &c

East Leigh

Visitations Heraldic

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

The Visitations of the County of Devon, comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620, with additions by Lieutant-Colonel J.L. Vivian, published for the author by Henry S. Eland, Exeter 1895 is online.

DistrictMid Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX17
Post TownCrediton