Status: Ancient Parish

Alternative names: Berryn-arbor

Parish church: St. Peter

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1540
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1597

Nonconformists include:

  • Independent/Congregational
  • Plymouth Brethren
  • Independents

Adjacent Parishes

  • Combe Martin
  • Ilfracombe
  • Marwood
  • Kentisbury
  • Bittadon
  • East Down

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BERRYNARBOR, a village and a parish in Barnstaple district, Devon. The village stands on an eminence, on the coast, 2½ miles E of Ilfracombe, and 9 N of Barnstaple r. station. It has a post office under Ilfracombe; and contains a richly sculptured mansion of the time of Edward IV. The parish comprises 4,958 acres. Real property, £5,235. Pop., 775. Houses, 184. The property is divided among a few. Bowden farmhouse was the birthplace of Bishop Jewel. A small circular camp occurs about ½ a mile from the shore. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £715. Patrons, the Bishop of Exeter and others. The church has a Norman arch, an early English chancel, a perpendicular nave, and a decorated, high, massive tower; and is in tolerable condition. There is an Independent chapel.

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

Parish Records

FamilySearch – Birth Marriage & Death Census Migration & Naturalization Military Probate & Court

Abstracts of the Existing Transcripts of the Lost Parish-registers of Devon – Archive.org

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

County: Devon
Civil Registration District: Barnstaple
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple
Diocese: Exeter
Rural Deanery: Shirwell
Poor Law Union: Barnstaple
Hundred: Braunton
Province: Canterbury

Further Reading

The Book of Berrynarbor: A Biography of Devon Life from 1920 by Judith Adam

Tracing Your West Country Ancestors (Family History (Pen & Sword)) by Kirsty Gray