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Kentisbury, Devon

Historical Description

Kentisbury, a parish in Devonshire, 3 miles SE of Combe Martin, and 9 NE of Bamstaple station on the G.W.R. It contains the hamlets of Patchole, Ford, and West Kentisbury or Kentisburytown. It has a post office under Bamstaple; money order and telegraph office, Combe Martin. Acreage, 3149; population, 344. Earl Fortescue is chief proprietor. The manor belonged to the families of Wolfe, Randall, and Beavis. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; value, £280 with residence. The church is old, and has a tower, but was restored in 1875.

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 
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 Kentisbury

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 Kentisbury from the following:


Online maps of Kentisbury 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.

DistrictNorth Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX31
Post TownBarnstaple