Hartland, Devon Family History Guide

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

Other places in the parish include: Cheristow, Edistone, Elmscott, Hartland Quay, Harton, Meddon, Milford, Pilham, Rimscott, South Hole, and Stoke.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1559

Nonconformists include: Bible Christian Methodist, Independent/Congregational, Presbyterian, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Hartland

  • Morwenstow
  • Woolfardisworthy West
  • Bradworthy
  • Welcombe
  • Clovelly

Historical Descriptions

Hartland Abbey

Photograph of the east-facing aspect of Hartland Abbey in Devon
Photograph of the east-facing aspect of Hartland Abbey in Devon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The National Gazetteer 1868

ABBEY, near Hartland, in the par. and hund. of Hartland, in the co. of Devon, 46 miles W.N.W. of Exeter. The seat of Mrs. Orchard, a mansion built on the site of the abbey founded by Githa, wife of Earl Godwin, in the 11th century, and rebuilt by Geofrey Dinant in 1184: it passed at the Reformation to Serjeant Abbot.

Source: The National Gazetteer: a Topographical Dictionary of the British Islands compiled from the latest and best sources and illustrated with a complete county atlas and numerous maps. Vol. 1. Virtue & Co. London. 1868.


Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Cheristow, a hamlet in Hartland parish, Devon.

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


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

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