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Dowland, Devon

Historical Description

Dowland, a parish in Devonshire, near the river Torridge, 5½ miles NNE of Hatherleigh, and 9 W of Eggesford station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town, Dolton; money order office, Dolton; telegraph office, Winkleigh. Acreage, 1747;. population, 127. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; value, £90. Patron, the Earl of Iddcsleigh. The church is old, and has a square tower. It was restored in 1879.

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 
HundredNorth Tawton 
Poor Law unionTorrington 

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 Dowland

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 Dowland from the following:


Online maps of Dowland 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 districtEX19
Post TownWinkleigh