Place:Tawstock, Devon, England

Alt namesTauestocasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 87
Tauestochsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 87
Tauestochasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 87
Tauestochesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 87
TypeInhabited place
Coordinates51.033°N 4.05°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

Tawstock is a village and civil parish in the English county of Devon. It has a population of 2,093. Before 1974 it was in the Barnstaple Rural District and since 1974 in the North Devon District.

Local Estates

Wikipedia describes the parish church of St. Paul and the family of the Earls of Bath on whose estate the church was located. Tawstock Court, the Elizabethan mansion re-built by William Bourchier, 3rd Earl of Bath (d.1623), whose magnificent monument with effigies exists in St Peter's Church, no longer exists apart from the gatehouse which has a date-stone of 1574. The mansion burnt down in 1787 and was rebuilt in 1800. The main part of the family tree of the Bouchiers through these two centuries and forward into the 20th century is included in the Wikipedia article. The history of the Corffe estate and its owners, the Lovetts, is also described.

Registration Districts

Research Tips

  • 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.