Aveton Gifford


"AVETON-GIFFORD is a neat village, pleasantly situated in the picturesque valley of the river Aven, 3½ miles N.W. of Kingsbridge, and S.E. of Modbury. Its parish contains 1057 souls, and 3925A. 2R. 39P. of fertile land, including the small hamlets of Ashford, Lixton, Waterhead, and many scattered houses. The river is crossed by a good bridge, and is navigable for barges, and has a salmon fishery belonging to Mr. Bastard and Mr. Lowe. The manor was anciently held by the Giffards or Giffords, and afterwards passed to the Dynham, Prous, Mules, Damarell, and Berry families. It now belongs to E.R.P. Bastard, Esq.; but here is a small manor called Heathfield, belonging to P. Hyne, Esq., and the Barton estate belongs to J.M. Woolcoombe, Esq. . . . The Church (St. Andrew,) is a large cruciform structure, in the early English style of the time of Henry III. Its tower contains six bells, and is crowned by a lofty circular turret. It is one of the oldest and finest churches in South Devon, and the interior would have a very pleasant appearance if the mouldings, columns, capitals, &c., were cleansed of their many coats of whitewash. . . . The Baptists, Wesleyans, and Bible Christians, have small chapels here. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Ermington Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter. (The spelling "Aveton Giffard" is sometimes found - see the note on this topic by Chris Burgoyne.) Regarded as part of the South Hams area.



Harpley, W. Joseph Pullibank. [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1878, Vol X, p. 58. [Transcript]



A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Baptist Burial Ground is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 8 of Devon Memorial inscriptions (DE/M23).

Listings of Memorial Inscriptions in Aveton Gifford Churchyard are included in Chris Burgoyne's page  Aveton Giffard Parish Registers.

There is a St Andrews Churchyard map and listing of burials, on the Aveton Gifford Heritage Group. website.

Collins, Lyn. Baptist burial ground, Venn, Auton Gifford and the Baptist chapel, Kingsbridge: monumental inscriptions, Kingsbridge, [Lyn Collins] (1989) 6 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library: px929.5/AVE/BAP]

Herbert, Barbara. Aveton Giffard - Gravestone Recordings by the Parish Project Group, Devon Family Historian, vol. 126, (2008) p.31.

Aveton Gifford Monumental Inscriptions, Gen. Mag.,I, (1817) pp.492-493. [Extracts]



Name index to the 1841 census, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.

Transcripts of the 1841 and 1851 Census, provided by Chris Burgoyne.


Church History

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

Photograph and aerial view of the Church, by Chris Burgoyne.

Adams, Maxwell. Aveton Giffard Church. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 4, (1907) pp.1-10. [Index]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1603 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish 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 Aveton Gifford Baptisms, marriages and burials: 1603-1726, Baptisms, marriages and Burials: 1678-1792, Baptisms and Burials: 1792-1812, Baptisms: 1813-1842, Marriages and Banns: 1754-1803, Marriages: 1803-1812, Marriages: 1813-1837, Burials: 1813-1858.

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

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1813-37 - see Kingsbridge (PRO RG 4/1088); 1906-88 (M) DRO

Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).

Chris Burgoyne has transcribed the Parish Registers covering Baptisms (1675-1915), Marriages (1661-1915), and Burials (1678-1985) - see also his description of these transcripts.

Burials 1841 - 1861, 1862 - 1880 and 1881 - 1900, provided by Devon Heritage.

Granville, Roger & Mugford, W.E. (eds.) Aveton Gifford, 1608-1610. 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]

Deanery of Woodleigh Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837 and Burials 1813-1988 - CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2006). [Index of Aveton Gifford: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Bigbury: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837), Buckland-Tout-Saints: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1818-1822), Burials (1813-1988), Charleton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1780-1812), Chivelstone: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1800-1837), Churchstow: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1848), Dodbrooke: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), East Allington: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), East Portlemouth: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Kingsbridge: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Kingsbridge Ind.: Burials (1793-1897), Loddiswell: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Malborough: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Moreleigh: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Ringmore: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1764-1814), Salcombe: Baptisms (1813-1839), Sherford: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1800-1837), Slapton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), South Huish: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1856), South Milton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1838), South Pool: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1838), Stokenham: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Stokenham Ind.: Burials (1795-1836), Thurlstone: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1838), West Alvington: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Woodleigh: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837)]



Description & Travel

Aveton Gifford village website.

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

You can see pictures of Aveton Gifford which are provided by:



Transcription of the entry in White's Devonshire Directory (1850) by Terry Partridge..

Transcription provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.



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 Chris Burgoyne, who invites queries and lookup requests.

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.

Reichel, Oswald J. Prouz family and the Giffard fee, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, vol. 6, no. 2, (1910) pp.51-55. [See also vol.5, pp.133, 150.]

Thomas, Neil. The Moores of Hartley Vale. Belair, South Australia: the author, 1995. [Raymond: Originally of Aveton Giffard; includes pedigree of Hamlyn of Ringmore, 19th c.



W., F. Aveton Giffard heraldry. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 4:2, (1906) pp.45-46. [See vol.4, p.5, par.1]



Aveton Gifford Parish Project Group. The Bombing of Aveton Gifford. Aveton Gifford Parish Project Group (2012) 44pp. [Incorporates Doughty (1993 and 1995), which are now out of print.]

Doughty Ken (ed.). The Bombing of Aveton Gifford - 26 January 1943: Eye witness accounts. (1995). {Devon FHS Library - p942.35/AVE]

Doughty Ken. The Day Bombs Fell on Aveton Gifford. (1993). {Devon FHS Library - p942.35/AVE]

Doughty, Ken, (Ed.). Aveton Gifford - a Heritage, Aveton Gifford Parish Project Group (2002) 164 pages, 140 illustrations (photographs, maps, drawings, facsimile documents) [ISBN 0-9542372-0-X].

Shaw, C.C. A history of the parish of Aveton-Giffard. Aveton Giffard: C.C.Shaw (1966) 96p., plates: ill. [Index]

Steere, Tom M. Aveton Gifford village in the early 1900s. Aveton Gifford PCC (1990) [12]p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/AVE/1900/STE]


Land & Property

There is a 1842 Tithe Map and Apportionment on the Aveton Gifford Heritage Group. website.



View a map of the boundaries of this town/parish.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX695478 (Lat/Lon: 50.315656, -3.834304), Aveton Gifford which are provided by:


Names, Personal

Protestation Return of 1641/42 from Devon Heritage.



The Aveton Gifford Heritage Group have produced a churchyard map and listing, and a number of publications about history of the parish.