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Bradford, Devon

Historical Description

Bradford, a parish in Devonshire, on the river Torridge, 7 miles NE of Holsworthy, and 2½ from Dunsland Cross station on the L. & S.W.R. Post and money order office, Brandis Corner; telegraph office, Dunsland Cross railway station. Acreage, 4133; population of civil parish, 482; of ecclesiastical, 334. Dunsland has a fine old baronial mansion; it belonged at the Conquest to Walter de Cadiho, and passed to the Arscotts and the Bickfords. Hengiscott lias traces of a fortified camp, supposed to have been formed by the famous Hengist. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £263 with residence. The church has a tower and some monuments; it was restored in 1889.. There are Wesleyan and Bible Christian chapels in Middlecott hamlet-a part of Black Torrington included in the civil parish.

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 parishBradford All Saints 
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 Bradford

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 Bradford from the following:


Online maps of Bradford 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.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX22
Post TownHolsworthy