"BRADSTONE, on the east side of the Tamar valley, 8 miles N.W. by W. of Tavistock, has in its parish 166 souls, and 1257 acres of land. The houses are scattered. H. Blagrove, Esq., is lord of the manor and owner of two-thirds of the soil, and the rest belongs chiefly to A. Kelly Esq. The manor house, which was the seat of the Cloberry family till 1750, is an old Tudor building, occupied by a farmer, and approached through a large gate-house. The Church (St. Nun,) is an ancient structure, with a tower and five bells. It still retains all its old carved benches, and part of the screen. The rectory, valued in K.B.. at £6. 7s. 2d., and in 1831 at £222, is in the patronage of the Bishop of Exeter, and incumbency of the Rev. Thomas Johnes, B.A., who has a good residence, and 64A. of glebe. the tithes were commuted in 1843 for £210 per annum. John Doble died here in 1604, aged 120 years. " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Lifton Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter.



Nick Mayne has prepared an index to the 1891 census, and is prepared to check for particular names in it on request.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1654 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1838 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

Brown, Mike. Pre-1754 Marriage Index for Bradstone, Coryton and Kelly.. Dartmoor Press, P.O. Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL (1999)

Brown, Mike. 1754-1812 Burial Indexes: Bradstone, Brentor, Dunterton, Kelly. RT52, Dartmoor Press (2000).

Granville, Roger & Mugford, W.E. (eds.) Bradstone. 1611-1626. 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]

The Deanery of Tavistock, CD008, Devon Family History Society, Exeter (2007). [Contains indexes: Bradstone - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1755-1838, Burials 1813-1837; Brentor - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1834, Burials 1801-1845; Bridestowe - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Broadwoodwidger - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1836, Burials 1813-1837; Coryton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1806-1860; Dunterton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1836, Burials 1752-1837; Kelly - Baptisms 1813-1842, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Lamerton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1844, Burials 1812-1838; Lewtrenchard - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1840; Lifton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1650-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Lydford - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1780-1841; Maryystow - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1792-1837; Milton Abbot - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Princetown - Baptisms 1813-1839, Burials 1815-1853; Sourton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1723-1837, Burials 1814-1838; Stowford - Baptisms 1811-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Sydenham Damerel - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1750-1837; Tavistock - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Thrushelton - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Virginstow - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1836, Burials 1813-1839.]


Description & Travel

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

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Transcript of complete entry in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.

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 for this parish is Neil Stanton, who invites queries and lookup requests.



Johnes, Thomas. Account of the parish of Bradstone, in the county of Devon, 1840. [Tavistock]: Tavistock Statistical Society, 1841, 24 pp.

Kelly, Mary. The Pageant of Bradstone, 970-1820. (1929) [Westcountry Studies Library, Plymouth Central Library]

Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Bradstone, Devon. Typescript (1963) 6 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]



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