[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)]

"ATHERINGTON, a parish in the northern division of the hundred of Tawton, in the county of Devon, 6½ miles to the S. of Barnstaple, its post town, and 7 N.E. of Torrington. The river Taw runs through it, and the North Devon railway, which passes along the Taw valley, has a station at the small village of Umberleigh, 1 mile distant. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Exeter, value £416, with 205 acres of glebe land, which is a manor of itself, in the patronage of the Rev. J. Arthur, the incumbent. In the church is a beautifully-carved oak screen, a rood loft, and several interesting monuments; one of a crusader, another an altar-tomb, with brasses of a knight and ladies. The Wesleyans and Baptists have each a chapel here. In ancient times there was a chapel at Umberleigh, but the building is now used as a barn! In the reign of Henry III., here was a conventual establishment, a cell to the abbey of Caen, in Normandy. Atherington Hall is the principal residence."

Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003