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Sourton, Devon

Historical Description

Sourton, a parish, with a few small hamlets, in Devonshire, 5 miles SW of Okehampton station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town and money order office, Bridestow; telegraph office, Bridestow railway station. Acreage, 5046; population, 448. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. The ecclesiastical parish was separated from Bridestow in 1889, and made into a separate parish. The living is a perpetual curacy; net value, £230. Patron, the Bishop of Exeter. The church is partly of 13th century date, and was partly rebuilt in 1847. There are Wesleyan and Baptist chapels.

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 parishSourton St. Thomas à Becket 
Poor Law unionOakhampton 

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 Sourton

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Sourton from the following:


Online maps of Sourton 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

Lake (Sourton)

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.

DistrictWest Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX20