Abbots Bickington


"ABBOTS-BICKINGTON a small parish, 9 miles S.W. of Torrington, has only 75 souls, and 1034 acres of land, formerly belonging to Hartland Abbey. The Trustees of the late Lord Rolle are now lords of the manor, owners of most of the soil, impropriators of the great tithes, and patrons of the perpetual curacy, valued at £96, and now held by the Rev. P.D. Foulkes, of Shebbear. The Church (St. James,) is a small fabric, with three bells. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

Also known as Little Bickington. A parish in Black Torrington Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter.



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

Whitemore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]



Snetzler, M.F. North Devon Surname Index to the Census. Microfiche: M.F. Snetzler. [Covers 1841, 1861, 1871 and 1881 census records for this parish]


Church History

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

Dorrington, Bryony. A Guide to the Church and Memorial Inscriptions of Abbots Bickington (2001). [DFHS Library p929.5/ABB] 


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1717 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Society of Genealogists holds copies of the parish registers covering the years 1609-1837.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1716, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1614, are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1770-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for 1813-37 in PRO RG 4/1210 (with Holsworthy)

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1615-1836 (incomplete) Marriages 1615-1616, 1631, 1673-1677, 1709-1743, 1770-1833. (These entries are based in part on Bishops' transcripts.)

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Abbots Bickington, Ashwater, Black Torrington, Bradford, Bradworthy, Bridgerule, Clawton, Cookbury, Halwill, Hollacombe, Holsworthy, Luffincott, Milton Damerel, Pancrasweek, Pyworthy, Sutcombe, Tetcott, Thornbury, West Putford and Holsworthy Weslyan Burials. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Directory (1850), Kelly's Directory of Devonshire (1902) and A Topographical Dictionary of England, Samuel Lewis (1831), CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2014). [Abbots Bickington Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1770-1833 Bur: 1813-1837; Ashwater Bapt: 1813-1841 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Black Torrington Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Bradford Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1705-1837; Bradworthy Bapt: 1813-1838 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Bridgerule Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Clawton Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1800-1837; Cookbury Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1756-1837 Bur: 1813-1841; Halwill Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1843; Hollacombe Bapt: 1813-1898 Mar: 1757-1837 Bur: 1813-1852; Holsworthy Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1860 Bur: 1813-1837; Holsworthy Weslyan Bapt: 1812-1831; Luffincott Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1756-1837 Bur: 1814-1840; Milton Damerel Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1761-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Pancrasweek Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1756-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Pyworthy Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1838; Sutcombe Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1800-1837; Tetcott Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1836 Bur: 1813-1837; Thornbury Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1756-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; West Putford Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1838.]

Granville, Roger & Mugford, W.E. (eds.) Abbots Bickington, 1609-1634. 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) [Contents] [Full text].


Description & Travel

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

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



The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Don Davis, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Land Tax assessments, Tithe apportionments, PRs.)

Don Davis's blog on the Fishleigh/Fishley family contains extensive information relating to Abbots Bickington, Bulkworthy, Milton Damerel and Newton St Petrock.



Harvey, J H. Abbots Bickington and Bulkworthy. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 25,4 (1952) pp. 102-4.

Williams, H.Fulford. Notes on the parish of Abbotsbickington, Devon. Typescript (1963) 7p.



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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS384133 (Lat/Lon: 50.896509, -4.299313), Abbots Bickington which are provided by: