"SWIMBRIDGE, a large village, 5 miles E.SE. of Barnstaple, has in its parish 1746 souls, and 7061 acres of land, including the hamlets of Accot and Newland, and many scattered farm-houses, &c., and several pleasant seat. The Duke of Bedford is lord of the manor; but John Nott, Esq., R. Chichester, Esq., the Trustees of the late Lord Rolle, and several smaller owners, have estates in the parish. In Risdon's time, there were some remains of the manor house of Ernsborough, where that eminent civilian, Dr. Cowell, was born, in 1554. The Church (St. James,) is a handsome structure, with a tower, containing five bells, and crowned by a spire. A rich screen, in fine preservation, divides the nave and chancel. . . There is a Baptist Chapel here." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
Gunn and Travellers Rest have modern chapels of ease.
Parson John (Jack) Russell - from the BBC's Discovering Devon web-site.
Baker, Margaret Mitford. Jack Russell, hunting parson of old Devon. Devon Life vol. 7 no. 56 (1971) pp.37. [1796-1833]
Davies, E.W.L. A memoir of the Rev. John Russell and his out-of-door life. (New ed.) London: Richard Bentley & Son, (1883), portrait, xii, 397 pp. [Index]
Kerr, Eleanor. Hunting parson: the life and times of the Reverend John Russell. London: Herbert Jenkins (1963) 192p, plates: ill.
Lamplugh, Lois. Parson Jack Russell of Swimbridge. Swimbridge: Wellspring (1994) [ii], 27p: ill, ports [ISBN 0951534734]
Noon, C. Parson Jack Russell: The Hunting Legend 1995-1883, Halsgrove Press, Tiverton (2000) 144 pp. [ISBN 1841140503]
Pepper, Frank S. Parson Jack Russell. Swimbridge: Church Council (1981) 8p. [Westcountry Studies Library - p920/RUS]
Lifetime Passion for All Forms of Hunting: The Sporting Parson The Reverend John Russell. Devon Family Historian 84 (1997) pp. 2-3. [The Hunting Parson who bred the Jack Russell terrier]
MIs for this parish are included in the Incledon and NDA North Devon indexes - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.
Snetzler, M.F. North Devon Surname Index to the Census. Microfiche: M.F. Snetzler. [Covers 1841, 1861, 1871 and 1881 census records for this parish]
Swymbridge - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).
Methodist church, Swimbridge: jubilee, 1816-1966 [Swimbridge]: [The Church] p: ill. (1966) [Westcountry Studies Library - p287.1/SWI/MET]
Parish Registers going back to 1562 are held in the Devon Record Office.
Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1562 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.
The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.
Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):
- Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1807-37 - see Barnstaple Circuit, Bideford, Landkey (PRO RG 4/954, 955, 1213)
Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1562-1850 and Marriages 1553-1850.
Deanery of Barnstaple - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837 and Burials 1813-1837 - CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2005). [Index of Atherington: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1800-1837), Barnstaple: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Bishops Tawton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Chittlehampton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Filleigh: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Fremington: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), High Bickington: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Horwood: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1654-1837), Burials (1675-1837), Huntshaw: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Instow: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Landkey: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Newton Tracey: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1570-1837), Burials (1725-1837), Pilton: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Swimbridge: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Tawstock: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837), Westleigh: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1838)
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Swimbridge to another place.
Conybeare, Frederick Cornwallis, ed. Letters and exercises of the Elizabethan schoolmaster, John Conybeare, schoolmaster at Molton, Devon, 1580, and at Swimbridge, 1594, with notes and a fragment of autobiography by William Daniel Conybeare. London: Henry Frowde, 1905.
Prideaux, E.K. A Devon farmer's account book in the eighteenth century. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 6:6, (1911) pp.178-187. [Covers generations of Berry family, Kerscott, poss. Swimbridge, 1794-1816.]
SPN. Alexander GAYDON (1837-1900) - 'the leading saddler in Toowoomba'. The Gazette Journal of the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Family History Society Inc., Vol 32 No 3 (November 2019) p. 15 [ISSN 1443-5381] [Alexander Gaydon was born in Swimbridge.]
You can see the administrative areas in which Swimbridge has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
Dalling, Mervyn C. The parish of Swymbridge in North Devon - compiled between 1962 and 1965. [Swimbridge]: [M.C.Dalling] (1976) 20p. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/SWY/0001/DAL]
Lamplugh, Lois. Bydown, Kerscott and Dennington. Swimbridge: The author (1991) 18p. [Barnstaple Library - 720 /SWI/LAM]
Lamplugh, Lois. A look at the past of Swimbridge. Swimbridge: Wellspring,1993, 42 pp. ill., 1 map ; 21 cm. ISBN: 0951534726 (pbk) SUBJECT: Social conditions -- History
The British Library's Survey of English Dialects - Swimbridge, Devon.
View a map of the boundaries of this town/parish.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SS620299 (Lat/Lon: 51.051819, -3.970257), Swimbridge which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
Ryall, David. Lest We Forget, War memorials around South Molton. South Molton Archive, 68pp. [ISBN 0 951236 1 4] [Provides an indexed list of names]
Extracts from 18th and 19th Century newspapers relating to Swimbridge, provided by Lindsey Withers.
Swimbridge Apprentice Register 1802-1843. [Devon]: Devon Family History Society (2013). [Foreword]
Transcript of the will of Hughe Handforde (1620), provided by Ian Hearder.
Transcript of the will of Will of Bartholomew Bery or Berry (1595), provided by Nancy Frey.
Will of Walter Blackmore (1589), transcribed by Elizabeth Kipp.
Reed, G. (ed.). School heritage: 125 years of a Devon village school seen through the annals of the school log books. Swimbridge: The Primary Sch. (1991) 96p: ill. [Barnstaple Library -372 /SWI/SCH]
South Molton and District Archive Local History Society web-site (archived copy) - provides details of archive holdings for the twenty-eight parishes in what used to be the South Molton Rural District, lists of publications, etc.