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Farway, Devon

Historical Description

Farway, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands in a picturesque valley, flanked by bold hills, 4 miles S by E of Honiton town and station on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post office under Honiton; money order and telegraph office, Honiton. The parish comprises 2587 acres; population, 292. Farway manor was given at the Conquest to the Bishop of Constance, in Normandy, and passed to the Poles, the Courtenays, and others. Netherton manor belonged to Canonsleigh Abbey, was purchased after the dissolution by Sir B. Drake, belongs now to the Prideaux-Brune family, and has a mansion of the time of James I. called Netherton Hall. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; gross value, £280 with residence. The church is partly of the year 1628, but has traces of Norman, consists of nave, chancel, and north aisle, with western tower, and contains monuments to the families of Prideaux, Gould, and Atkinson; it was entirely restored in 1876. The N aisle of the church was rebuilt in 1628. It has massive Norman columns, &c. Broad Down, in the parish, is remarkable for its ancient British barrows. Farway Castle, on the highest ground, is a circular entrenchment 200 feet in diameter, surrounded by a bank.

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 parishFarway St. Michael 
Poor Law unionHoniton 

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 Farway

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 Farway from the following:


Online maps of Farway 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.

DistrictEast Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX24
Post TownColyton