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Burrington, Devon

Historical Description

Burrington, a parish in Devonshire, on the rivers Mole and Taw, 2 miles from South Melton Road station on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post office under Chulmleigh, which is the money order office; telegraph office, South Molton Road (S.O.) Acreage, 5349; population, 678. The manor belonged anciently to Tavistock Abbey, and belongs now to the Earl of Portsmouth. Northcote belonged once to the Hankfords, passed to the Pollards, and belongs now to the Buckinghams. The surface of the parish is diversified, and shows some romantic scenery. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £272 with residence. The church is an edifice of different dates from about 1150 to 1550, and was restored in 1869, consists of nave, chancel, and south aisle, with an embattled tower, and has a handsome carved oak screen. The piers supporting the roof arc solid monoliths of granite.

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 parishBurrington Holy Trinity 
HundredNorth Tawton 
Poor Law unionSouth Molton 

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 Burrington

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 Burrington from the following:


Online maps of Burrington 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.

DistrictNorth Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX37
Post TownUmberleigh