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

"INSTOW, a parish in the hundred of Fremington, county Devon, 6 miles W. of Barnstaple, its post town, and 3 N.E. of Bideford. It is a station on the Bideford Extension railway, and has communication with Bristol by steamers passing on their way from Bideford. The village is a quiet watering-place situated on the bay at the confluence of the rivers Taw and Torridge, and on the high road leading from Bideford to Barnstaple. There are quarries of freestone, and several chalybeate springs. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Exeter, value £150. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is an ancient structure with a tower containing three bells. In the interior are several monuments. The parochial charities produce about £3 per annum. There is a National school for both sexes. The Wesleyans have a place of worship. Mrs. Cleveland is lady of the manor."

Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003