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Alwington, Devon

Historical Description

Alwington, a parish in Devon, on the river Yeo, 4½ miles SW by W of Bideford station on the L. & S.W.R. It contains the hamlets of Fairy-Cross, Ford, and Woodtown. Acreage, 2746; population, 348. There is a post office at Fairy-Cross; money order and telegraph office, Horn's Cross. The Coffin family have held the manor since the Conquest, and have a handsome residence on it called Portledge. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; value, £245. The church is a very ancient pile, with lofty pinnacled tower, and contains several monuments. Remains of an ancient chapel occur at Yeo vale, and there is a small Wesleyan chapel at Ford.

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 parishAlwington St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionBideford 

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

Church Records

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 Alwington

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Alwington from the following:


Online maps of Alwington are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

Villages, Hamlets, &c

Fairy Cross
Ford (Alwington)

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.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX39
Post TownBideford