West Buckland, Devon
Buckland, West, a parish in Devonshire, 6 miles NW of South Molton, and 2 from Filleigh station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under South Molton; money order office, Filleigh; telegraph office, Filleigh railway station. Acreage, 2592; population of the civil parish, 402; of the ecclesiastical, 292. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £158 with residence. The church has been almost entirely rebuilt, retains the tower of a previous ancient cruciform church, is in the Decorated English style of the Transition period, and shows elaborate ornature in coloured marbles, polychromy, and gilt ironwork. There is a Wesleyan chapel.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||West Buckland St. Peter|
|Poor Law union||South Molton|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register dates from the year 1684.
Church of England
St. Peter (parish church)
The church of St. Peter is a building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of a chancel, nave, south aisle, south porch and a lofty embattled western tower containing 6 bells: the east window is stained: in the church are memorials of William Butterfield, d. 1777, and his wife, d. 1771: in the early part of the nineteenth century this church possessed an ornate and interesting screen, but on the rebuilding of the church it was taken down and not replaced, and in 1880, its then remaining fragments were incorporated in the screen of Swymbridge church: the church, with the exception of the tower, was entirely rebuilt about 1860, and affords 200 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for West Buckland from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Buckland, West (St. Peter))
Online maps of West Buckland are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Devon online:
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.