High Bray, Devon
Highbray, a parish in Devonshire, on the river Bray, near the boundary with Somerset, 6¼ miles NNW of South Mol-ton, and 4 from Filleigh station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under South Molton; money order office. South Molton; telegraph office, Bratton Fleming. Acreage, 4013; population of the civil parish, 226; of the ecclesiastical, 236. Lydcott, the house whence Amy Robsart of Sir Walter Scott's novel of " Kenilworth " went, is now rebuilt as a farmhouse; the ancient chapel of it is now the farm garden, and a shilling of Queen Elizabeth was some years ago found there. The surface of the parish is high and partly moor. An ancient fortification of about 4 acres, a tumulus 114 feet in circuit and 10 high, and several smaller tumuli, are on the moor. Successive strata in the tumuli have been found on examination to contain-first, ashes, Roman coins, and cinerary urns; next, Greek coins; next, Egyptian coins, Phoenician coins, and copper arrow heads. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; value, £400 with residence. The church is very ancient, and contains a fine ancient font and several old monumental stones.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||High Bray All Saints|
|Poor Law union||Barnstaple|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for High Bray from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Bray, High (All Saints))
Online maps of High Bray are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Devon online:
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.