Bow, Devon Family History Guide

Bow is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Devon.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1604

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Presbyterian Unitarian, and Society of Friends/Quaker.

Parishes adjacent to Bow

  • Clannaborough
  • Zeal Monachorum
  • North Tawton
  • Spreyton
  • Drewsteignton
  • Hittisleigh
  • Colebrooke

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BOW, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict in the district of Crediton, Devon. The village stands on the slope of a hill, near the Okehampton railway, 7½ miles W by N of Crediton; and has a post office† of Bow, North Devon, and a r. station. It was formerly a market-town; and it still has fairs on Holy Thursday and 22 Nov. The parish is called also Nymet-Tracey. Acres, 2,740. Real property, £3,466. Pop., 904. Houses, 205. The manor belonged anciently to the Traceys. Collaton House and Gratton House, now the seats of the Sanderses and the Wrefards, are fine modern mansions. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Broad-Nymet, in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £533. Patron, F. Vandermeulen, Esq. The church stands about a mile from the village, and has a low square tower. There are an Independent chapel and a free school. The subdistrict comprises eight parishes. Acres, 19,402. Pop., 3,516. Houses, 736.

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


Bowe Devonshire Universal British Directory 1791


  • County: Devon
  • Civil Registration District: Crediton
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple
  • Diocese: Exeter
  • Rural Deanery: Chumleigh
  • Poor Law Union: Crediton
  • Hundred: North Tawton with Winkleigh
  • Province: Canterbury

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