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Brendon, Devon

Historical Description

Brendon, a parish in Devonshire, at the northern extremity of the county, adjacent to the coast and to Exmoor Forest, 1½ mile ESE of Lynton, and 17 miles NE of Barnstaple station on tha G.W.R. and L. & S.W.R. It has a post office under Barnstaple; money order and telegraph office, Lynton. Acreage, 6780; population, 294. The manor belonged in the time of Edward the Confessor to Ailward Tochestone, was given by William the Conqueror to Ralph de Pomerois, and passed to the Beaples and the Chichesters. Much of the surface is sheep-walk and deer preserve. The Vale of Brendon is narrow, deep, and picturesque. Major Wade, a leader in the insurrection under the Duke of Monmouth, was made prisoner at Parley Farm. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £146 with residence. The church is a structure partly of 1733, mainly of 1828.

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 parishBrendon St. Brendon 
Poor Law unionBarnstaple 

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 Brendon

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 Brendon from the following:


Online maps of Brendon 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.

DistrictNorth Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX35