"ALWINGTON (ST. ANDREW), a parish, in the union of BIDEFORD, hundred of SHEBHEAR, Great Torrington and N. divisions of DEVON, 4 miles (S. W. by W.) from Bideford; containing, with the hamlets of Fairy Cross, Ford, and Woodtown, 392 inhabitants, and comprising by measurement 2603 acres. . . . In the church, over the door of the chancel, is a curious ancient monument to a member of the Coffin family. In Yeo Vale, so called from the river Yeo, which runs through it, are the remains of a chapel. There is a parochial school; also a place of worship for Wesleyans; and almshouses for three poor persons, endowed in 1696 by R. Coffin, Esq." [From Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England (1844)]
A parish in Shebbear Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter.
Historical Manuscripts Commission. Fourth Report of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, London, H.M.S.O (1874) 856 pp. [North Devon Athenaeum: D900/HIS O/S] [Includes manuscripts of J.R.Pine-Coffin at Portledge, N. Devon]
Pine-Coffin, John Edward. One man's Boer War 1900: the diary of John Edward Pine-Coffin (ed. Susan Pine-Coffin). Susan Pine-Coffin, Bideford, (Edward Gaskell, printer) (1999) 215 pp. [ISBN: 1898546347] [Westcountry Studies Library: s968.204/ALW/PIN]
Treadwell, Michael. Richard Lapthorne and the London retail book trade 1683-1697. In The book trade and its customers 1450-1900, pp.205-222, Winchester, St Paul's Bibliogs, (1997).
Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):
Wesleyan Chapel, Ford Hamlet: Registers for 1807-37 in PRO RG 4/953 (with Barnstaple Circuit) and RG4/955 (with Bideford)
Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Marriages 1554-1812.
Granville, Roger & Mugford, W.E. (eds.) Alwington 1628-1631. Abstracts of the Existing Transcripts of the Lost Parish-Registers of Devon, 1596-1644, and short notes on the extant pre-reformation registers of all the parishes in the county, from particulars furnished by the several incumbents thereof. Vol. 1 A-Bra. Exeter: W. Pollard (1908) [Full text].
Hingeston-Randolph, F.C. The Rectors and Patrons of Alwington ... annotated by J. Ingle Dredge (1894). [Westcountry Studies Library]
Riley, Henry Thomas. The church books of the parish of Alwington, North Devon. IN: Great Britain. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts. Report of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts. London, 1876. 32 cm. Appendix, pp. 597.
An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Abbotsham, Alverdiscott, Alwington, Bideford, Buckland Brewer, Bulkworthy, Clovelly, East Putford, Frithelstock, Hartland, Landcross, Littleham, Monkleigh, Northam, Parkham, Wear Gifford, Welcombe and West Woolfardisworthy. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850 and Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England 1844, CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2009). [Abbotsham Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Alverdiscott Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1775-1837; Alwington Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Bideford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Buckland Brewer Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Bulkworthy Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1814-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Clovelly Bapt: 1813-1838, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; East Putford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1797-1837, Bur: 1813-1839; Frithelstock Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Hartland Bapt: 1838-1839, Mar: 1558-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Landcross Bapt: 1814-1839, Mar: 1761-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Littleham Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1851; Monkleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Northam Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Parkham Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1537-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Wear Gifford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Welcombe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1757-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; West Woolfardisworthy Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837.]
The Online Parish Clerk for this parish is Ethelda Peshko, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: PRs on Fiche, 1558 onwards.)
Moriarty, G. Andrews. Genealogical research in England; Garde: parentage of Roger Garde, the first New England mayor, New England Hist. & Gen. Reg. 82, 1928, pp. 69-70. See also 185. [Includes extracts from Alvington, Devon, parish registers, 16-17th c.]
Pine-Coffin, Susan. The Coffin Letters 1600 - 2002. Bideford (Edward Gaskell, printer) (2002) 300 pp. [ISBN 1-898546-47-9]
Fourth report of the Royal Commission on historical manuscripts. London: H.M.S.O (1874) 856p. [Includes manuscripts of J.R.Pine-Coffin at Portledge, N.Devon]
Alwington. Overseers' acount book, 1724-1772. 178p.. [Contains a detailed record of payments made by the Overseers of the Poor, complete apart from 1767-71 - bookseller's catalogue quoted in Family Tree Magazine, May 2000, p.55.]