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West Alvington, Devon

Historical Description

Allington or Alvington, West, a parish in Devonshire. It lies on the Marlborough creek, 1 mile SW of Kingsbridge. The terminus of the new Kingsbridge railway is in the village. It has a post office, of the name of West Alvington, under Kingsbridge, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 2712; population of the civil parish, 780; of the ecclesiastical, 888. It contains the hamlets of Woolstone, Easton, Sorley, and Bawcombe. Allington Manor belonged anciently to the Bastards. Garston gardens were famous for producing, on wall-trees, oranges and lemons of as fine a quality as any in Portugal. The right to a weekly market was granted to West Allington in 1270, but went into disuse. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £414. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury. The church has a screen, contains tombs of the Bastards, and is very good. The vicarages of Salcombe and Marlborough and South Milton are now separate benefices. Bowringsleigh, an ancient mansion belonging to the Ilbert family, is in the parish, as also the historic mansion of Combe Royal.

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 parishWest Alvington All Saints 
Poor Law unionKingsbridge 

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

Church Records

The registers date from the year 1558.

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 West Alvington


Church of England

All Saints (parish church)

The church of All Saints, which is about one mile south-west from Kingsbridge, is a fine building of stone, in the Early Perpendicular style, with some remains of earlier work in the chancel, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles, a chapel set apart for the Ilbert family and containing memorial brass to the Ilberts buried in this church, south porch and an embattled western tower with four pinnacles, containing 6 bells: the east window is a memorial to W. R. Ilbert esq. and the west window to the Rev. Douglas Macdonald, a former vicar; there is also a window given in 1912 by Mr. R. P. Nicholls, in memory of his sister and niece: the church was restored in 1867 at a cost of £2,600, and has 328 sittings.

St. Michael and All Angels, Stokenham Nave of St. Michael and All Angels, Stokenham

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 West Alvington from the following:


Online maps of West Alvington 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.

DistrictSouth Hams
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTQ7
Post TownKingsbridge