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Ashbury, Devon

Historical Description

Ashbury, anciently Essebury, a parish in Devon, on an affluent of the river Torridge, 5 miles SSW of Hatherleigh, with a station on the Okehampton and Holsworthy branch of the L. & S.W.R., 206 miles from London. Post town, Beaworthy, which is the money order office; telegraph office, at the railway station. Acreage, 1748; population, 69. The manor, with most of the property, belongs to the owner of Ashbury Court, a large old residence with fine views over Dartmoor. The living is a rectory, united with North Lew, in the diocese of Exeter; value, £500, in the gift of the Crown. The church is a small edifice, with nave, chancel, and tower. It was restored in 1872.

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 parishAshbury St. Mary 
HundredBlack Torrington 
Poor Law unionOakhampton 

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 Ashbury

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Ashbury from the following:


Online maps of Ashbury 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:

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.

DistrictWest Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX20