"BOVEY (NORTH) is a pleasant village, with a well wooded green, in the picturesque valley of the West Teign, 1½ mile S. of Moreton Hampstead. Its parish contains 660 souls and 5654 acres of land, including the hamlets of Wormhill and Lettaford, and about 1000 acres of common, on the eastern hills of Dartmoor Forest, where there are two tin mines, called Birch Tor and East Birch Tor. There is a cattle fair in the village on the Monday after Midsummer-day. The Earl of Devon is lord of the manor, but part of the parish belongs to a number of small freeholders, and a portion of it is in the manor of West Teign, which belongs to the Duchy of Cornwall. The Church (St. John,) is a large antique fabric, in the perpendicular style, with a tower and six bells. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £22. 10s. 5d., and in 1831 at £303, is in the patronage of the Earl of Devon, and incumbency of the Rev. Fras. J. Courtenay, who has a good residence and 25A. 2R. 26P. of glebe. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Teignbridge Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter. Regarded as part of the Dartmoor area.
Parish Registers going back to 1572 are held in the Devon Record Office.
Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1572 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.
The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1837 - for details see their book list.
Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1572-1791, and Marriages 1572-1775.
Moretonhampstead History Society provides a searchable database covering Moretonhampstead baptisms, marriages and burials (for 1603-1920), and for North Bovey baptisms, marriages and burials (for 1710-1920).
Granville, Roger & Mugford, W.E. (eds.) North Bovey, 1612-1630. 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]
Brown, Mike. Pre-1754 Marriage Index for North Bovey and Manaton. The Dartmoor Press (1999).
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]
Dartmoor Press Online Magazine's page for this parish (archived copy), with articles, transcriptions, publication details, etc. - highly recommended.
Worthy, C. Devonshire Parishes: or the antiquities, heraldry and family history of twenty-eight parishes in the archdeaconry of Totnes (2 vols), Exeter, W. Pollard (1887). [Chap. XIX: North Bovey - William PIPARD; the Lords L'ISLE; Earl of Shrewsbury; BASSETT; Sir Arthur PLANTAGENET; Sir George SMITH of Maydesworthy; George MONK, Duke of Albemarle; BEAUCHAMP of Elmley; Catherine PARR and Lord LATIMER; Edward COURTENAY, Earl of Devon] [Index]
Torr, Cecil. Index to the Names of the Male Inhabitants over 18 Years of Age in the Parishes of Moretonhampstead, Hennock, Lustleigh, South Bovey otherwise Bovey Tracey, North Bovey, Manaton, Ilsington, and Widecombe in the Moor, in the Years 1641, 1642. Cambridge University Press, . pp. 11.