Place:Northcott, Devon, England

TypeCivil parish
Coordinates50.71°N 4.35°W
Located inDevon, England     (1844 - 1966)
Also located inCornwall, England     ( - 1844)
Cornwall, England     (1966 - )
See alsoStratton Hundred, Cornwall, Englandhundred in which it was located
Black Torrington Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred in which it was situated
Broadwoodwidger Rural, Devon, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1966
Launceston Rural, Cornwall, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1966-1974
Torridge District, Devon, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Northcott is a small civil parish in the far west of Devon, England. It lies about seven miles south of the town of Holsworthy and, since 1974, forms part of the local government district of Torridge. It is bordered on the north by the parish of Luffincott and on the east and south by the parish of St. Giles-on-the-Heath. Its western border follows the River Tamar which forms the county boundary with Cornwall. In 2001 its population was 26, down from 60 in 1901. Whilst it is administered as a separate parish in Devon, for ecclesiastical purposes it is linked with the parish of Boyton across the River Tamar in Cornwall, and it has been transferred from one county to the other several times.

Northcott was part of the Broadwoodwidger Rural District in Devon from 1894 until 1966 and part of the Launceston Rural District from 1966 until 1974. Momentarily, in 1966, it was part of Holsworthy Rural District in Devon because this was the rural district to which much of the rural district of Broadwoodwidger was originally moved.

See also the article on the neighbouring parish of North Petherwin which has had a similar history. Boyton Mill is a stone building near the river that dates from the early 19th century and retains its machinery and an overshot waterwheel.

Registration Districts

Current registration district not given in Brett Langston's list of Devon 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.
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