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High Bray, Devon

Historical Description

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.

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 parishHigh Bray All Saints 
Poor Law unionBarnstaple 

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 High Bray

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for High Bray from the following:


Online maps of High Bray 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 districtEX32
Post TownBarnstaple