Place:Fremington, Devon, England

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NameFremington
Alt namesFramintonasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 81
Framintonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 81
TypeVillage, Parish
Coordinates51.067°N 4.117°W
Located inDevon, England
See alsoFremington Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred of which the parish was a part
Barnstaple Rural, Devon, Englandrural district in which the parish was located 1894-1974
North Devon District, Devon, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

From 1894 until 1974 Fremington was in the Barnstaple Rural District and since 1974 local administration is dealt with by the Torridge District.

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Fremington is a very large village, civil parish and former manor in the North Devon District, the historic centre of which is situated three miles (5 km) west of Barnstaple. In the North Devon District there is an electoral ward with the same name. The ward mainly covers the village and the population at the 2011 census was 4,310. Fremington is situated between the south bank of the tidal estuary of the River Taw and a small inlet of that river known as "Fremington Pill". Fremington Quay was formerly a port on the River Taw, half a mile north of the village centre. Fremington was a borough which sent members to Parliament in the reign of King Edward III (1327-1377). The parish includes the neighbouring former hamlets (greatly expanded in the 20th century) of Bickington to the east and Yelland to the west. Fremington Hundred was one of the 32 historic hundreds of Devon.

The large early Georgian red-brick mansion known as Fremington House, situated 50 metres east of St Peter's Church, and clearly visible from the main road, is the former manor house built by Richard II Acland (1679-1729), MP for Barnstaple 1708-13. It was re-modelled in the 19th century by his eventual heirs the Arundell-Yeo family. The pedigrees of the families owning the manor (Acland, Barbor, Yeo, Clarke) are discussed in Wikipedia in the section "History" [far down the page]. Fremington House was also used by the US Army as "Fremington Training Camp", a hospital and rehabilitation centre during World War II and by the British Army from 1945 until 1980.

Fremington Quay was once significant in the import and export of many goods. It had railway sidings, cranes, and other apparatus used for the export of ball clay (mined locally) and the import of coal. Between the early to mid-twentieth century it was the busiest port (based on tonnage) between Bristol and Land's End.

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  • Ordnance Survey Maps of England and Wales - Revised: Devonshire Northand Devonshire South illustrate the parish boundaries of Devon when rural districts were still in existence. The maps publication year is 1931. The maps blow up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets. These maps are now downloadable for personal use.
  • GENUKI has a new map feature on its individual Devon parish pages. Each parish page includes an outline map of parishes in the region of the one under inspection. By clicking on this map the user is taken to a blow-up of Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file] provided by R. J. P. Kain and R. R. Oliver of the History Data Service of Colchester, Essex (distributed by UK Data Archive).
  • Devon County Council's Record Offices and Local Studies Libraries are being reorganized and amalgamated to form the Devon Heritage Services, comprising the Devon Heritage Centre (Exeter) and the North Devon Record Office (Barnstaple). These developments, which are described in Historical Records: A New Future for Devon's Heritage, do not affect the other major Devon archive, the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office, or the Local Studies Library, which are located in Plymouth and come under the Plymouth City Council. (Devon FHS report that Plymouth Record Office has just aquired new premises.) There is a guide entitled Which heritage centre or record office should I visit? which is provided to explain the organization further.
  • Devon Family History Society Mailing address: PO Box 9, Exeter, EX2 6YP, United Kingdom. Specialized contacts for membership, publications, queries, etc. The society has branches in various parts of the county. It is the largest Family History Society in the United Kingdom.
  • Devon has a Online Parish Clerk (OPC) Project. Only about half of the parishes have a volunteer contributing local data. For more information, consult the website, especially the list at the bottom of the homepage.
  • GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Devon as well as leading to a collection of 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes. Devon is one of the counties on the GENUKI website that has recently (summer 2015) been updated. The maps described above are just one of the innovations.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date. An index of parishes leads to notes and references for each parish.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has
  1. organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts of the 20th century
  2. excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes
  3. reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
  • More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.
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