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Lapford

"LAPFORD, a pleasant village and parish in the Taw vale, 5 miles S.E. of Chulmleigh, has 706 inhabitants, 3750 acres of land, and a fair on the Monday after the festival of St. Thomas-a-Becket. It includes the hamlet of Eastington, and a number of scattered farm houses, some of which are fine old "Bartons," especially Bury and Kelland Bartons, the former of which was long the seat of the ancient family of Bury. The manor was parcel of the honour of Torrington, and was dismembered many years ago. The soil now belongs to many proprietors. Irishcombe, near East Worlington, is a detached member of this parish, at the distance of about 6 miles, and belongs to the Keats family, but was formerly the seat of the Notts. The Church (St. Thomas-a-Becket,) is a fine old structure, with a tower and six bells, and an ancient screen and rood loft. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £15. 1s. 10½d. is in the patronage of W. Tanner, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. J.A. Radford, who has a good residence, and 158A. of glebe. The tithes were commuted in 1840 for £404. 16s. 2d. per annum. The Wesleyans and Independents have chapels here, and the poor have a yearly rent-charge of 20s. left by Alex. Arundel in 1627. " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in North Tawton Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter.

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Cemeteries

MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.

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Census

Snetzler, M.F. North Devon Surname Index to the Census. Microfiche: M.F. Snetzler, Barcott, Buckland Brewer, Bideford, Devon EX39 5LN. [Covers 1881 census records for this parish]

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Lapford area or see them printed on a map.

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Church History

Lapford - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).

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Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1567 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1567 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1567-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

The members' area of the Devon FHS website makes available online images, not at present (Jan 2016) available elsewhere, of the Parish Registers covering Lapford Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1567-1718, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1719-1789, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1762-1807, Baptisms and Burials: 1757-1812, Baptisms: 1813-1853, Marriages: 1754-1805, Marriages: 1813-1837, Marriages: 1837-1913, Banns: 1806-1812, 1913-1960, Banns: 1823-1918, Burials: 1813-1878, Burials: 1879-1986.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1567-1850 and Marriages 1567-1850.

Burials 1858 - 1877, 1878 - 1897 and 1898-1917, provided by Devon Heritage.

Radford, C.A. R. Lapford parish registers (transcription) Typescript [1950?] [Westcountry Studies Library - msx929.3/LAP/1664]
Sellman, R.R. Lapford, Devon: family reconstitutions to 1850 with supporting evidence. Typescript (1991) 62p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.3/LAP/SEL]
The register of baptisms, marriages, and burials of the parish of Lapford, Co.Devon, 1567-1850. Devon & Cornwall Record Society (1954).
An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Bondleigh, Bow, Brushford, Burrington, Chawleigh, Chulmleigh, Clannaborough, Coleridge, Eggesford, Lapford, North Tawton, Nymet Rowland, Wembworthy and Zeal Monachorum. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Directory (1850). CD-ROM 063, Exeter, Devon FHS (2014). [Bondleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Bow Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Brushford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Burrington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Chawleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Chulmleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clannaborough Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1759-1834, Bur: 1697-1836; Coleridge Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Eggesford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1750-1838; Lapford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1567-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; North Tawton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Nymet Rowland Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1756-1836, Bur: 1734-1879; Wembworthy Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1733-1837, Bur: 1813-1839; Zeal Monachorum Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837]
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Description and Travel

Lapford Community website.

Section on Lapford from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Lockie.

You can see pictures of Lapford which are provided by:

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Gazetteers

The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Lapford to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.

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Genealogy

This parish is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.

Partridge, Robert. Partridge, Devon Family Historian, vol. 144, (2012) p.17. [Partridge family of Lapford and Down St Mary]
Partridge, Robert. Two Partridges in a Pear Tree, Devon Family Historian, vol. 158, (2016) pp.24-25.
Wilkin, Walter Harold. Radford of Lapford. Trans. Devonshire Assoc. (1932) pp505-508. [18-19th c.]
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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Lapford has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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History

Bond, W.F. Lapford and its Church of St Thomas a Becket. (1939) [Westcountry Studies Library, Torquay Library]
Drake, Nellie J. A North Devon village [Lapford]: Taunton, Somerset, Wessex Press (1950), vii, 123 pp. illus.
Challice, E.W. Memories of old Lapford. Lapford: Lapford School (1986) 58p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - pxB/LAP/1900/CHA]
Parry, Noel. Lapford: the 2000 year story of a mid-Devon village. Lapford: N. Parry (1995) 88p: ill, maps. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/LAP/0001/PAR] [Index]
Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Lapford, Devon. Typescript (1962) 8 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]
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Land and Property

Alcock, N W. A Devonshire farm: Bury Barton, Lapford. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 98 (1966) pp.105-31.
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Newspapers

Extracts from 18th and 19th Century newspapers relating to Lapford, provided by Lindsey Withers.

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