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Black Torrington, Devon

Historical Description

Torrington, Black, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands on the river Torridge, 4½ miles from Halwill Junction on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post and money order office under Highampton; telegraph office, Hatherleigh. The parish comprises 5681 acres; population of the civil parish, 619; of the ecclesiastical, 791. There is a parish council consisting of nine members. Glove-making is carried on. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £320 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1535, and is a building of stone in the Perpendicular style, with a handsome embattled western tower. There are two Bible Christian chapels. Coham and Bears Court are the chief residences.

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 parishBlack Torrington St. Mary 
HundredBlack Torrington 
Poor Law unionHolsworthy 

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 Black Torrington

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 Black Torrington from the following:


Online maps of Black Torrington 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


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 districtEX21
Post TownBeaworthy