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East Anstey, Devon

Historical Description

Anstey, East, a parish in Devon, on the river Yeo, on the Devon and Somerset branch of the G.W.R., 188 miles from London. Post town and money order office, Dulverton, under Tiverton; telegraph office, Dulverton railway station. Acreage, 3303; population, 234. The surface is hilly. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; value, £120. The church is fair, and was restored in 1871, and dedicated to St Michael. A revel is held in the first week in October.

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 parishEast Anstey St. Michael 
HundredSouth Molton 
Poor Law unionSouth Molton 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The register of baptisms and burials dates from the year 1596: marriages, 1674.

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 East Anstey


Church of England

St. Michael (parish church)

The church of St. Michael, standing on a hill 800 feet above the sea level, at the head of a valley which extends in a westerly direction to within a few miles of South Molton, is a building of stone in the Early English style, with inserted Perpendicular windows, and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 5 bells: in the porch is a portion of a Norman archway with zigzag moulding: the church was restored in 1871 at a cost of £800, and has 120 sittings.

St. Michael, East Anstey

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 East Anstey from the following:


Online maps of East Anstey 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 districtEX16
Post TownTiverton