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Bridgerule, Devon

Historical Description

Bridgerule, East and West, a parish and two townships in Devonshire, on the river Tamar and the Bude Canal, 4½miles E by S of Holsworthy station on the L. & S.W.R. There is a post office under Holsworthy, which is the telegraph office; money order office, Whitestone. Acreage of East Bridgerule, 1618; of West, 1016; population of East Bridgerule, 119; of West, 248; and of the ecclesiastical parish of Bridgerule (St Bridget), 395. A part comprising 1010 acres is on the right side of the Tamar, and was formerly in Cornwall. The manor was given by William the Conqueror to Reginald Adobed, abbreviatedly Ruald or Rule Adobed, and it is named jointly from him and from a bridge over the Tamar. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £212 with residence. The church is variously Early English and debased; it was well restored in 1878, and has a good porch. In 1890 it was greatly improved by the addition of a fine organ, carved oak choir seats, and a rood-screen of a handsome Gothic design-the lower part of which is filled with paintings of the twelve apostles after the statues of the same in Amiens Cathedral in 13th century style. The north transept is screened off and beautifully fitted as a lady chapel. There are Bible Christian and Wesleyan 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 
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 Bridgerule

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 Bridgerule from the following:


Online maps of Bridgerule 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