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Lapford, Devon

Historical Description

Lapford, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands on the river Yeo, and has a station on the L. & S.W.R, 190 miles from London, and 9 NW of Crediton. It has a post and telegraph office under Morchard Bishop; money order office, Morchard Bishop. The parish contains Eastington hamlet, and comprises 3568 acres; population of the civil parish, 497; of the ecclesiastical, 508. The surface exhibits picturesque scenery, and vantage grounds on it command views to the Dartmoor Hills. One farm lies detached, about 6 miles from the village. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; gross value, £500 with residence. The church was founded about 1288, comprises nave, N aisle, and chancel, and the chancel was rebuilt and the rest repaired in 18fi9. A chapel on a farm, and degraded to the lowest of farm uses, was built in 1434, and has walls 4 feet thick and a circular ceiling. There are Congregational and Bible Christian chapels; also several fine residences in the vicinity.

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 parishLapford St. Thomas à Becket 
HundredNorth Tawton 
Poor Law unionCrediton 

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 Lapford

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 Lapford from the following:


Online maps of Lapford 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.

DistrictMid Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX17
Post TownCrediton