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Instow, Devon

Historical Description

Instow, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands at the confluence of the rivers Taw and Torridge, opposite Appledore, 3 miles NNE of Bideford, and has a station on the L. & S.W.R., 217 miles from London. It is a pretty watering-place, rising into popular favour, commands a view over Barnstaple Bar to Lundy Island, and has a quay and a post, money order, and telegraph office. The extensive sands are the resort of the people of Bideford and Barnstaple, The parish comprises 1698 acres of land and 358 of water and foreshore; population, 677. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; value, £110 with residence. The churcli is Later English, in good condition, and has a tower; it was restored in 1875, and a vestry was added in 1880. 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 parishInstow St. John the Baptist 
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 Instow

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 Instow from the following:


Online maps of Instow 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 districtEX39
Post TownBideford