Place:High Bray, Devon, England

NameHigh Bray
Alt namesBraisource: Domesday Book (1985) p 82
Braiasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 82
Highbraysource: Family History Library Catalog
Coordinates51.083°N 3.85°W
Located inDevon, England
See alsoShirwell Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred in which High Bray was located
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

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of High Bray from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"HIGHBRAY, a parish in Barnstaple [registration] district, Devon; on the river Bray, near the boundary with Somerset, 6½ miles NNW of South Molton, and 9½ E by N of Barnstaple [railway] station. Post town, North Molton, under South Molton. Acres: 4,273. Real property: £3,505. Population: 295. Houses: 48. The property is divided among a few. Lydcott, the house whence Amy Robsart of Sir Walter Scott's novel of Kenilworth went, is now partly removed and partly a farm house; and the ancient chapel of it is now the farm garden; and a shilling of Queen Elizabeth was, a few years ago, found there. The surface of the parish is high, and partly moorish. An ancient fortification of about 4 acres, a tumulus 114 feet in circuit and 10 feet high, and several smaller tumuli, are on the moor. Successive strata in the tumuli have been found, on examination, to contain, -first, ashes, Roman coins, and cinerary urns; next, Greek coins; next, Egyptian coins, Phœnician coins, and copper arrow heads. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value: £280. Patron: P. P. Acland, Esq. The church is very ancient; has a peculiar tower; and contains a fine ancient font, and several very old monumental stones."

From 1894 until 1974 High Bray was in the Barnstaple Rural District and since 1974 in the North Devon District.

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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
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