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Ashford, Devon

Historical Description

Ashford, a parish in Devon, on the north side of the estuary of the Taw, 2½ miles NW of Barnstaple, and 2 from Wrafton station on the Ilfracombe branch of the L. & S.W.R. Post town, Barnstaple; nearest money order and telegraph office, Pilton. Acreage, 368; population, 151. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; value, £92. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church was built in 1854, and is a neat small edifice, with low square tower and a spire. The views nearly opposite Westward Ho are among the finest in Devon.

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 parishAshford St. Peter 
Poor Law unionBarnstaple 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1700.

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 Ashford


Church of England

St. Peter (parish church)

The parish church of St. Peter is an edifice of stone in the Early Decorated style, rebuilt in 1854 at a cost exceeding £500, and consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, north transept and a small tower with spire on the north side containing 2 bells of early date: the chancel retains the ancient piscina, and the east and south windows are stained: the whole of the woodwork of the church and vestry, including the communion table, pulpit and pews, are of ancient carved oak and in good preservation: there are 150 sittings.


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 Ashford from the following:


Online maps of Ashford 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.

DistrictNorth Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX31
Post TownBarnstaple