Place:Bridford, Devon, England

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NameBridford
Alt namesBredfordsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 78
Bredfortsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 78
Bridefordsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 78
Bridefordasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 78
Bridgefordsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates50.65°N 3.667°W
Located inDevon, England
See alsoWonford Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred of which the parish was a part
St. Thomas Rural, Devon, Englandrural district 1894-1974
Teignbridge District, Devon, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Bridford is a village and civil parish in southwest England, located in the Teign Valley, Devon on the edge of Dartmoor. The parish is surrounded clockwise from the north by the parishes of Dunsford, Doddiscombsleigh, Christow, and Moretonhampstead. At the 2011 UK census the population of the parish was 503, compared with 404 in 1901.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Bridford from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1871-72:

"BRIDFORD, or Bridgeford, a parish in St. Thomas [registration] district, Devon; on the river Teign, 4 miles E by N of Moreton-Hampstead [railway] station, and 9 SW of Exeter. Post Town: Moreton-Hampstead, under Exeter. Acres: 4,114, Real property: £2,946. Population: 576. Houses: 112. Lead mines were not long ago worked, but have been relinquished. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value: £305. Patron: Sir L. V. Palk, Bart. The church is a small old structure, with turreted tower; and has a fine screen."

Research Tips

(revised Nov 2018)

  • For a quick view of all the parishes in Devon, download this map from Devon County Council and save it to your computer. It is in pdf format and expansion to 200% allows viewing of all the parishes by name. Modern "district" and parish boundaries are shown.
  • Ordnance Survey Map of Devonshire North and Devonshire South are large-scale maps covering the whole of Devon between them. They show the parish boundaries when Rural Districts were still in existence and before the mergers of parishes that took place in 1935 and 1974. When expanded the maps can show many of the small villages and hamlets inside the parishes. These maps are now downloadable for personal use but they can take up a lot of computer memory.
  • GENUKI has a selection of maps showing the boundaries of parishes in the 19th century. The contribution from "Know Your Place" on Devon is a huge website yet to be discovered in detail by this contributor.
  • Devon has three repositories for hands-on investigation of county records. Each has a website which holds their catalog of registers and other documents.
  • Devon Family History Society Mailing address: PO Box 9, Exeter, EX2 6YP, United Kingdom. The society has branches in various parts of the county. It is the largest Family History Society in the United Kingdom. The website has a handy guide to each of the parishes in the county and publishes the registers for each of the Devon dioceses on CDs.
  • This is the home page to the GENUKI Devon website. It has been updated since 2015.
  • Devon has a Online Parish Clerk (OPC) Project which can be reached through GENUKI. 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.
  • Magna Britannia, Volume 6 by Daniel Lysons and Samuel Lysons. A general and parochial history of the county. Originally published by T Cadell and W Davies, London, 1822, and placed online by British History Online. This is a volume of more than 500 pages of the history of Devon, parish by parish. It is 100 years older than the Victoria County Histories available for some other counties, but equally thorough in its coverage. Contains information that may have been swept under the carpet in more modern works.
  • There is a cornucopia of county resources at Devon Heritage. Topics are: Architecture, Census, Devon County, the Devonshire Regiment, Directory Listings, Education, Genealogy, History, Industry, Parish Records, People, Places, Transportation, War Memorials. There are fascinating resources you would never guess that existed from those topic titles. (NOTE: There may be problems reaching this site. One popular browser provider has put a block on it. This may be temporary, or it may be its similarity in name to the Devon Heritage Centre at Exeter.)
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