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Harpford, Devon

Historical Description

Harpford, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands in the valley of the Otter, 3 miles NW of Sidmouth, and 1 mile from Tipton station on the L. & S.W.R., and was formerly called Happerford. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Ottery St Mary. The parish contains also the hamlets of Bowd, Southertown, and Burrow. Acreage, 1536; population of the civil parish, 219; of the ecclesiastical, 329. Court House was the seat of the Dyn-hams, and is now a farmhouse. The living is a vicarage, united with the rectory of Venn Ottery, in the diocese of Exeter; value, £190 with residence. The church is ancient, and consists of nave, chancel, N aisle, and S porch, with an embattled tower, and was entirely restored in 1884.

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 parishHarpford St. Gregory 
HundredEast Budleigh 
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 Harpford

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 Harpford from the following:


Online maps of Harpford 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:

Villages, Hamlets, &c


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 districtEX10
Post TownSidmouth