"ASHFORD, a small village and parish, on the north side of the estuary of the Taw, 2 miles W.N.W. of Barnstaple, has only 174 souls, and about 359 acres of land, successively held by the Beaumont, Bassett, Moore, and Bampfylde families. About 1815, the estate was sold in lots by Sir C. W. Bampfylde, and it now belongs to George Langdon, Esq., and a few smaller owners. The Church (St. Peter,) is an ancient fabric, with a tower and three bells. It is in good repair, and has a small organ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Braunton Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter.
Parish Registers going back to 1701 are held in the Devon Record Office.
Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1774, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1597, are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.
The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1747-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.
Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):
Wesleyan Chapel: Registers c1807-37 - see Barnstaple Circuit (PRO RG 4/954) and Landkey (PRO RG 4/1213)
Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1813-1875 and Marriages 1774-1875.
Parish Church Marriages for 1875-1964 are in the 5-CDROM LDS British Vital Records Index (1538-1888), (Item #50028).
Brock, Bob and Ann. From Cradle to Grave 1900-1919, 20 years of Birth, Marriage and Death Notices Taken from the 'North Devon Journal' for the parishes of Ashford, Bittadon, Heanton Punchardon, Georgeham, Marwood, Morthoe and West Down Braunton Museum, The Bakehouse Centre, Caen Street, Braunton, N. Devon EX33 1AA (2002?) 60p.
Granville, Roger & Mugford, W.E. (eds.) Ashford, 1596-1640. 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]