"BRIDESTOWE, a neat and improving village, in a pleasant valley near Dartmoor, six miles S.W. of Okehampton, has in its parish 1128 souls, and 5661 acres of land, including Coombe-Ball, Watergate, Fernworthy, Bidlake, many scattered houses, and a large tract of moorland hills, in which are the lead and copper mines of Wheal-Mary, Wheal-Newton, &c. The manors and their resident owners are, Cobham-Wick and Blatchford, J.G. Newton, Esq.; and Leaford, S.C. Hamlyn, Esq.; but J.M. Woollcombe, Esq., the Rev. J. Woollcombe, and many smaller owners, have estates in this parish. Millaton, a handsome mansion, with tasteful grounds, is the seat of J.G. Newton, Esq., . . . Leawood, the seat of S.C. Hamlyn, Esq., is a fine old mansion, which was long the seat of the Calmady family. . . . The Church (St. Bridget,) is a small antique fabric, with a tower and six bells, and several neat monuments. . . . The rectory, valued in K.B. at £32. 17s. 11d., and in 1831 at £513, with the curacy of Sourton annexed to it, is in the patronage of the Bishop of Exeter, and incumbency of the Rev. H. Howell, who built the present large and handsome Rectory House, and has 70A. of glebe, and the manor of Bridestowe Sanctuary. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



Oliver, G. Bridestowe in the Deanery of Tavistock. Notes and Gleanings - Devon and Cornwall 4 (1891) pp.159-163.


Church History

Hingeston-Randolph, F.C. The Rectors of Bridestowe. Notes and Gleanings, vol iv (1891) p.176.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1696 are held in the Devon Record Office.

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

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

Brown, Mike. 1754-1812 Burial Indexes: Bridestowe. RT65, Dartmoor Press (2000).

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

Bridestowe Community website.

You can see pictures of Bridestowe which are provided by:



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 scheme's representative for this parish is Neil Stanton, 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.

Babbedge, Elly. Bidlake follow up, Devon Family Historian, vol. 164, (2017) p.6. [Re James Bidlake of Great Bidlake, Bridestowe, and Richard Becklake of Crediton.]

Bidlake, James. 750th Anniversary Celebrations: Bidlake Family, Devon Family Historian, vol. 158, (2016) p.13.

Wollocombe, J.H.B. The Bidlakes of Bidlake. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 3:8, (1905) pp.241-248, plates: ill. [Index]



Cann, D. Richard. The Book of Bridestowe: Gleanings of a Devonshire Parish, Tiverton, Halsgrove Press (2002) 160 pp. [ISBN: 1841141968] [Index]

Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Bridestowe, Devon. Typescript (1963) 9 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]


Land & Property

Wikipedia article on Great Bidlake Manor "a Grade II* listed manor house in the parish of Bridestowe on the north western edge of Dartmoor".



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX513894 (Lat/Lon: 50.685201, -4.106335), Bridestowe which are provided by:



Bridestowe and Sourton Extra - downloadable copies of this monthly magazine.


Probate Records

Will of Thomas Symons (1831), transcribed by David Davy.