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Frithelstock, Devon

Historical Description

Frithelstock, a parish in Devonshire, adjacent to the river Torridge, 2 miles W of Great Torrington, and 1 mile from Torrington station on the L. & S.W.R. It contains the hamlet of Frithelstock Stone. Post town, Torrington, North Devon. Acreage, 3669; population of the civil parish, 431; of the ecclesiastical, 488. A small Augustinian priory was founded here in the time of Henry III. by Robert de Bello Campo or Beauchamp, and was given, along with the manor, by Henry VIII. to Arthur PIantagenet, Viscount Lisle, and the ruins of it still exist. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; value, £126 with residence. The church is very ancient. It has been restored. There are Baptist and Bible Christian chapels at Frithelstock Stone. Frithelstock Stone. See preceding article. Frithsden. See FRIESDEN. Frithville or Boston East, a parish of scattered farmhouses in Lincolnshire, 4½ miles N from Boston. Post town, Boston; money order and telegraph office, Sibsey. Acreage, 4191; population of the civil parish, 648; of the ecclesiastical, 1491. In 1880, by order of the Local Government Board, a detached portion of this parish was transferred to Sibsey, and detached portions of Sibsey, Boston Fen allotment, and Fishtoffc Fen allotment, were annexed to Frithville. The land was all reclaimed from a state of fen so late as 1812. The living is a vicarage, annexed to that of Car-rington, in the diocese of Lincoln; joint net yearly value, £270. Patron, the .Bishop of Lincoln. The church, erected in 1821, is an edifice of brick. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 parishFrithelstock St. Mary and St. Gregory 
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 Frithelstock

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 Frithelstock from the following:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Villages, Hamlets, &c

Milford (Frithelstock)

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 districtEX38
Post TownTorrington