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Bow or Nymet Tracey, Devon

Historical Description

Bow or Nymet-Tracey, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands on the slope of a hill, and on the L. & S.W.R., 188 miles from London, and 7½ W by N of Crediton, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office of Bow (R.S.O., North Devon), and a railway station. It was formerly a market-town. The parish is called also Nymet-Tracey. Acreage, 2867; population of the civil parish, 724; of the ecclesiastical, including Broad Nymet, 790. The manor belonged anciently to the Traceys. Collaton House and Gratton House are fine modern mansions. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Broad-Nymet, in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £422 with residence. The church stands about a mile from the village, and has a low square tower; it was restored in 1889. There is a Congregational chapel. In 1884 a detached part of the parish, known as Appledore, was amalgamated with Clannaborough.

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 parishBow St. Bartholomew 
HundredNorth Tawton 
Poor Law unionCrediton 

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

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bow or Nymet Tracey from the following:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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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