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Stoke Rivers, Devon

Historical Description

Stoke Rivers, a parish, with a village, in Devonshire, 5 miles E by N of Barnstaple station on the G.W.R. Post town, Barnstaple. Acreage, 2445; population, 199. There are remains of a large Roman camp. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £180 with residence. The church is good, and has been restored.

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 parishStoke-Rivers St. Bartholomew 
Poor Law unionBarnstaple 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1553.

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 Stoke Rivers


Church of England

St. Bartholomew (parish church)

The church of St. Bartholomew is an ancient building of stone, in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 5 bells, cast in 1784: the tower was restored in 1884-5: the screen, bench-ends and other fine work of carved oak were removed some time since; the greater part was bought by Earl Fortescue, and taken to his mansion at Wear Gifford, but some of it was erected in the church there: the church was reseated and restored in 1905, and affords 116 sittings.

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Stoke Rivers from the following:


Online maps of Stoke Rivers 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 districtEX32
Post TownBarnstaple