Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. Andrew

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1603
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1608

Nonconformists include:

  • Bible Christian Methodist
  • Independent/Congregational
  • Presbyterian
  • Society of Friends/Quaker
  • Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Bigbury
  • Churchstow
  • Loddiswell
  • Modbury
  • Thurlestone

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

AVETON-GIFFORD, a village and a parish in Kingsbridge district, Devon. The village stands on the river Avon, 3½ miles NW of Kingsbridge, and 7½ S of Kingsbridge-Road r. station. It has a post office under Ivybridge; and was anciently a market-town. The parish comprises 3,052 acres of land, and 130 of water. Real property, £5,909. Pop., 839. Houses, 178. The property is much divided. The manor belonged formerly to the family of Gifford. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £667. Patron, the Rev. W. P. Pitman. The church is early English and cruciform, with central tower; one of the finest old churches in South Devon; but is in indifferent condition. There are chapels for Baptists, Methodists, and Bible Christians, good national schools, and charities £7.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

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Historical Newspapers

Western Morning News

Western Times

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette

North Devon Journal

Express and Echo

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Reasrch Guide: Historical Research Using British Newspapers by Denise Bates

Maps

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Administration

County: Devon
Civil Registration District: Kingsbridge
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Totnes
Diocese: Exeter
Rural Deanery: Woodleigh
Poor Law Union: Kingsbridge
Hundred: Ermington
Province: Canterbury