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"BISHOP'S NYMPTON, a large village, on a pleasant declivity, 3 miles E.S.E. of South Molton, has in its parish 1325 inhabitants, and 9579 acres of land, skirted on the west by the river Mole, and intersected by several tributary streams. This large parish is hilly and fertile, and comprises many scattered farm houses, and the hamlets of Ash-Mill, 1½ mile E.; Newton, 1 mile N.; and Bishop's Mill, or Bish Mill, 1½ mile S.E. of the village. . . . The soil is held by numerous free and copy-holders, the largest of whom are the Rev. W. Karslake, Rev. W. Thorne, Sir R.G. Throgmorton, Rev. P. Johnson, H. Bawden, Esq., Rev. J. Bawden, Rd. Preston, Esq., and Messrs. S.W. Yeo, T. Loveband, S. Passmore, and Alex Fisher. Mole Mills, formerly employed as a woollen factory, are now unoccupied. . . . The Church is a fine old structure, with a lofty and elegant tower, containing six bells. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Witheridge Hundred, within the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple but under the Peculiar jurisdiction of the Bishop of Exeter.

General Information

Biography

Painter, Desmond. A Black Passmore Sheep, Devon Family Historian, vol. 137, (2011) pp.4-6. [Herbert Edmund Passmore, b. 1870]

Cemeteries

MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS and NDA North Devon indexes - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.

A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Church of St Mary is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 8 of Devon Memorial inscriptions (DE/M23).

Census

Snetzler, M.F. North Devon Surname Index to the Census. Microfiche: M.F. Snetzler, Barcott, Buckland Brewer, Bideford, Devon EX39 5LN. [Covers 1841, 1861, 1871 and 1881 census records for this parish]

Church History

Tablets in Old Chapel, transcribed by Brad Rogers.

Rev Christopher Stuart Tull (ed.) Bishopsnympton Church & People (Revised and Fourth Edition). The Parish of Bishopsnympton in the Oakmoor Group of Parishes (undated). [Index]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1556 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1556 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection.

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):

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1556-1837 (incomplete) and Marriages 1558-1837. (These entries are based in part on Bishops' Transcripts.)
Granville, Roger & Mugford, W.E. (eds.) Bishops Nympton, 1607-1614 and 1633. 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]

Gazetteers

The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.

Genealogy

The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Elizabeth Kipp, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Pigot's 1830; PRs; 1841-1901 censuses; 1641-2 Protestation Return; Hearth Tax 1674; Taxes 1581-1660 Stoate; Devon Wills (Worthy); Lay Subsidy Rolls.)

History

Tull, Christopher S. Bishopsnympton: church and people. - 2nd rev. ed. Bishopsnympton]: [C.Tull] (1979) 38p: ill.
Bishops Nympton Parish Council 1895-1995: centenary commemorative booklet: the village then and now, Tiverton, (1995) 84p, plates: ill, map. [Westcountry Studies Library: sB/BIS 3/1895/BIS]

Land and Property

A note on some Passmore Farms in North Molton, Bishop's Nympton and Twitchen, by Desmond Painter.

Bargain and Sale (1570), Bargain and Sale Endorsement (1570), Final Concord Greenslade to Phelps (1776), Final Concord Passmore to Bryan (1776), Mortgage (1776), Conveyance (1778), Conveyance Recitals (1874) concerning Aller and Pollington in Bishops Nympton, provided by Desmond Painter.

Names, Personal

Bishop's Nympton contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.

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]

Occupations

Chanter, J. Frederick. Chappyngtons, the South Molton organ builders, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, vol. 6, no. 3, (1910) pp.85-86. [John Loosemore, 1633-1681]
Chope, R. Pearse. Chappyngtons, the South Molton organ builders, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, vol. 6, no. 3, (1910) pp.86-87 [John Loosemore, 1633-1681]

Newspapers

Extracts from 18th and 19th Century newspapers, relating to Bishop's Nympton, provided by Lindsey Withers.

Probate Records

Will of William Greenslade (1799) of Porlock (Somerset), but concerning property in Brendon and Bishops Nympton, transcribed by Desmond Painter.

Wills of Hugh Blackmore (1637), Thomas Blackmore (1648), William Pincombe (1839), and John Rew (1848) transcribed by Elizabeth Kipp.

Societies

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.

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Last updated: 10 Aug 2013 - Brian Randell

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