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Bratton Clovelly, Devon

Historical Description

Bratton-Clovelly, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands 8 miles WSW of Okehampton, 4 from Ashbury station on the L. & S.W.R., and 12 N by W of Tavistock, is large and scattered, and has a post office under Lew-Down (R.S.O.); money order office, Lifton; telegraph office, Ashbury. The parish comprises 7254 acres; population of the civil parish, 487; of the ecclesiastical, 550. The manor bore anciently the name of Bracton, and was the birthplace of Henry de Bracton, an eminent lawyer of the time of Edward I. An ancient earthwork, called Broadbury Castle, defended by vallum and fosse, is an eminence about 3 miles N of the village. About 2000 acres of the land are moor. Fairs are held on the second Tuesday in May and the first after 19 October. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; gross value, £450 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Exeter. The church is a fine edifice of the 15th century, with a lofty tower, and has a handsome font. There are also three Bible Christian chapels.

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 
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 Bratton Clovelly

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 Bratton Clovelly from the following:


Online maps of Bratton Clovelly 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