"BICKINGTON, a scattered village on the banks of the Lemon rivulet, and on the Exeter road, 3 miles N.E. of Ashburton, has in its parish 1375 acres and 374 inhabitants. The manor was dismembered many years ago, and the soil belongs to various freeholders. Here is a serge manufactory, employing 150 hands. Wrigwell estate has been held by the Bickford family about 600 years. The Church (St. James,) is an ancient structure, with a tower and three bells. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Ashburton. The tithes were commuted in 1842, the vicarial for £110, and the rectorial for £115. The Dean and Chapter of Exeter are appropriators of the latter, and Mr. Richard Skinner is the lessee. Here is a small Wesleyan Chapel; and the poor have £2 from Plymouth Corporation, as a gift of Benjamin Baron. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Teignbridge Hundred, a Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter.



Badcock, Michael. What Happened to Alfred Samuel Badcock? (born May 11th, 1887 - Died May 2nd, 1915), Devon Family Historian, vol. 130, (2009) pp.25-28.

Verney, Bert. Reflections: a trilogy of memories: the life story of Bert Verney [1925-1995], Tiverton, Halsgrove (1996) 141 pp. [ISBN: 1874448205]



Ellis, A.C. Some Ancient Churches Around Torquay, (n.d.). pp. 89-94.


Church History

Nott, W.J. A few stepping-stones in the story of Bickington [Congregational] Chapel, [Bickington], The Author (1980) 9 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library: p285.8/BIC/NOT]


Church Records

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

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1754 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1771-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Parish Register Transcripts (Baptisms 1768 - 1812, Brides 1813 - 1837, Grooms 1813 - 1837, Witnesses 1813 - 1837 and Burials 1768 - 1812) provided by Robyn Smith. (Archived copy.)

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

  • Wesleyan: Registers for c1801-37 - see Ashburton Circuit, Barnstaple (PRO RG 4/440, 1763, 954)

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

Granville, Roger & Mugford, W.E. (eds.) Bickington, 1620-1636. 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]

An index of baptisms (1813-1839), marriages (1754-1837) and burials (1813-1837) in the parishes of Ashburton, Bickington, Bovey Tracey, Buckland in the Moor, Hennock, Highweek, Ideford, Ilsington, Kingsteignton, Lustleigh, Manaton, Moretonhampstead, North Bovey, Teigngrace and Widecombe in the Moor. Photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850., CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2011). [Ashburton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Ashburton Independent Chapel Bapt: 1817-1839; Bickington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1771-1837; Bovey Tracey Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Bovey Tracey Baptist Chapel, Bur: 1784-1837; Buckland in the Moor Bapt: 1813-1851, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1737-1840; Hennock Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Highweek Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; Ideford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; llsington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Kingsteignton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Lustleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1785-1837; Manaton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1843; Moretonhampstead Bapt: 1813 1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; North Bovey Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Teigngrace Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Widecombe in the Moor Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837]


Description & Travel

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

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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.



Hands, Stuart. The Book of Bickington, Tiverton, Halsgrove Community History Series (2000) 160 pp., over 150 photographs. [ISBN: 1-84114-055-4]

Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Bickington , Devon: based mainly on G.P. Jones: Notes on the Hundred of Teignbridge, 1825. Typescript (1962) 5 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]



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Names, Personal

Bickington contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.

Name listing transcribed from the Bickington section of Kelly's Devon 1893 Directory by Jonathan Frayne.