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Wear Gifford, Devon

Historical Description

Wear Gifford, a parish, with a village, in Devonshire, on the river Torridge, 4 miles S by E of Bideford station on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post office under Bideford; money order and telegraph office, Torrington. Acreage, 1705; population, 395. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. The manor belonged to the Giffords, passed to the Denzells, and with Wear Hall, an interesting ancient mansion, belongs now to Viscount Ebrington. There are some lime-kilns on the quay. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; gross value, £150 with residence. Patron, Viscount Ebrington. The church is an edifice of stone in the Decorated style, with an embattled tower; contains some memorials to the Fortescue, Gifford, and Rolle families, 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 parishWear-Gifford Holy Trinity 
Poor Law unionTorrington 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Wear Gifford from the following:

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.