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Broadwood Widger, Devon

Historical Description

Broadwood-Widger, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands on the acclivity of a hill, 4 miles from Lifton station on the G.W.R. and Ashwater on the L. & S.W.R., and 11 NNW of Tavistock. It has a post office under Lifton (R.S.O.), which is the money order and telegraph office. The parish comprises 10,655 acres; population of the civil parish, 803; of the ecclesiastical, 671. About 1500 acres are open moorland. In 1884 a detached part of Lifton, known as Westweek, was amalgamated with this parish. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Truro; net value, £290 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Bristol. The church is an old edifice, and there are 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 
Poor Law unionHolsworthy 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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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.