Place:St. Giles-in-the-Wood, Devon, England

NameSt. Giles-in-the-Wood
Coordinates50.951°N 4.087°W
Located inDevon, England
See alsoFremington Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred of which the parish was a part
Torrington Rural, Devon, Englandrural district in which the parish was located 1894-1974
Torridge District, Devon, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

From 1894 until 1974 St. Giles-in-the-Wood was in the Torrington Rural District and since 1974 local administration is dealt with by the Torridge District.

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

St. Giles-in-the-Wood is a village and civil parish in the Torridge District of Devon, England. It was never a manor of itself and the parish church only came into being in 1309 when licence was obtained from the Bishop of Exeter to build a chapel of ease, the church at Great Torrington being then considered too far for the convenience of the local inhabitants. The licence was obtained by Sir Richard Merton, who then held the advowson of Great Torrington. Benefactors to the new church, dedicated to St Giles the Hermit, included Sir William Herward of Dodscott, and a member of the Pollard family of Way, Barry of Winscott, de Stevenstone of Stevenstone, and Dynant of Whitesley. The parish church of St Giles was, until the rebuilding of 1863 by Hon. Mark Rolle of Stevenstone, of the Perpendicular-Gothic style, of which only the tower survives. Many monuments survived and were moved into the new church and include the monument and effigy of Thomas Chafe (d. 1648) of Dodscott, three monumental brasses, of Alenora Pollard (d. 1430), Margaret Rolle of Stevenstone (d. 1592) and a small brass of her husband John Rolle (d.1570). There exist also 19th- and 20th-century monuments to the Rolle family. At Winscott was the estate of the Risdons where was born Tristram Risdon (c. 1580 – 1640), author of the Survey of Devonshire.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article St Giles in the Wood. Includes further descriptions of the manors mentioned above.

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