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Bridestow, Devon

Historical Description

Bridestow, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village lies in a pleasant valley near Dartmoor, 6 miles SW of Okehampton, and has a station on the L. & S.W.R., 204 miles from London. It was formerly called Bridgetstow, and has a post office (R.S.O.); money order office, Okehampton; telegraph office, Bridestow (R.S.O.) The parish comprises 5687 acres; population of the civil parish, 586; of the ecclesiastical, 589. Millaton House is the seat of the Newton family, and contains a collection of natural history objects from Dartmoor, and Leawood was long the seat of the Calmady family, and is now the seat of the Hamlyn family. The living is a rectory united with the perpetual curacy of Sourton in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £256 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Exeter. The church is very old, has a curious Norman gateway, and was restored in 1866. There are also Congregational, Wesleyan, and 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 
Ecclesiastical parishBridestowe St. Bridget 
Poor Law unionOakhampton 

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 Bridestow 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.