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Pilton, Devon

Historical Description

Pilton, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands on the river Taw, opposite Barnstaple, and is connected with that town and its station on the G.W.R. by a bridge. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office. Acreage of parish, 1684; population, 2172. For parish council purposes the parish has been divided into Pilton East and Pilton West. Pilton East, the larger portion, is in the borough of Barnstaple, and contains the church, schools, and the suburban portion of the parish. Pilton West, with a population of about 500, has a parish council consisting of eight members. It is mostly rural, but includes a small populous part near Quay, called Rolle's Quay. Pilton House and Upcot are the chief residences. A Benedictine priory was founded here by King Athelstane, and became a cell to Malmesbury Abbey. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £180 with residence. Patron, the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. The church is old but good, and contains a stone pulpit, a fine carved screen, and several ancient brasses and monuments. There is a large glove manufactory, and the reservoir of the Barnstaple waterworks is in this parish. There are almshouses and other charities.

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 parishPilton St. Margaret 
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 Pilton

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Pilton from the following:


Online maps of Pilton 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