Abbots Bickington Devon Family History Guide

Abbots Bickington is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon. Bulkworthy is a chapelry of Abbots Bickington.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1717

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Abbots Bickington: St James church
Abbots Bickington: St James church. The parish belonged to Hartland Abbey until 1539, hence the name. The church dates from the early fourteenth century: the tower is thought to have been completed circa 1300. The copyright on this image is owned by Martin Bodman and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Parishes adjacent to Abbots Bickington

  • Sutcombe
  • Milton Damerel
  • Bulkworthy
  • Newton St Petrock
  • West Putford

Historical Descriptions

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Abbots-Bickington, 6 miles N. Holsworthy. P. 75

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1840

Abbots-Bickington, or Bickington-Abbots, a parish in the hund. of Black Torrington, Devonshire; 9 miles south-west of Great Torrington. Living, a perpetual curacy in the archd. of Totness and dio. of Exeter; of the certified value of £14; gross income £96. Patron, in 1835, Lord Rolle. This was anciently a cell to Hartland abbey. Pop., in 1801, 68; in 1831, 77. Houses 13. Acres 1,510. A. P. £424. Poor rates, in 1837, £26. — A kind of blue-stone, used for building, and marble and limestone, are found here.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1840.


  • County: Devon
  • Civil Registration District: Holsworthy
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Totnes
  • Diocese: Exeter
  • Rural Deanery: Holsworthy
  • Poor Law Union: Holsworthy
  • Hundred: Black Torrington
  • Province: Canterbury

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