"BRATTON FLEMING, a pleasant village, on an acclivity 6½ miles E.N.E. of Barnstaple, has in its parish 708 souls, and 3940 acres of land, rising in a bold range of hills from two rivulets, and including many scattered farm-houses. It anciently belonged to the Fleming family, and afterwards to the Dillons. The latter sold the manor in the reign of Jas. I., to an ancestor of its present owner, Sir Arthur Chichester, Bart. Part of the parish belongs to Sir P.F.P. Acland, G.B. Kingdon, Esq., and a few smaller owners. Chimwell, the ancient seat of the Flemings and Dillons, is now a farm-house. The Church (St. Peter,) is a neat structure, in the perpendicular style, with a tower and six bells." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
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A parish in Braunton Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter.
Radford. Lady. Henry de Bracton: a plea for remembrance. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 54, (1922) pp.205-215. [Lawyer]
Willcocks, W K. Henry de Bracton. Vol. 15, Trans. Devon. Assoc. (1883), pp. 180-195. [Index]
Payne, Charles. Monumental Inscriptions - St Peters. (1993) [DFHS p 929.5]
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]
Bratton Fleming church web-site (archived copy).
Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1673 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): Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1800-1837 - for details see their book list.
Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):
Granville, Roger & Mugford, W.E. (eds.) Bratton Fleming, 1560-1656. 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]
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 John Fisher, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Prs on fiche Bap. 1673 - 1861; Mar. 1673 - 1837; Burials 1673 - 1910.)
The Hunts, and Chelfham Farm Bratton Fleming, by David Cawsey.
Gregory, A. & D. Fred and Lilian Lorraine of New Bedford USA 1861-1945, The Authors (2003). [Ridd family] [Devon FHS Library p929.2/LOR]
Thomson, H.C. The Thomson story. Yeovil: Variprint (1970) 68p.
General historical and descriptive information, area map from 1765, details about administrative boundaries, etc., about Bratton Fleming from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.
David Cawsey has prepared pages on various aspects of Bratton Fleming and its history.
Terry Squire, From slate to software: the story of a Devon village school [Bratton Fleming]. Barnstaple: T. & S. M. Squire (c1994).
Whybrow, Charles. A history of Bratton Fleming. Typescript (1982) 2 vols. [Westcountry Studies Library - xB/BRA 7/0001/WHY]
Wodehouse, C.L. Records of Bratton Fleming. 1066-1876. A. Tomes: Leamington, (1907) 15 pp. [BL: 010347.m.18.(11.)]
Wodehouse, Christine. Bratton Fleming. Typescript [1980?] 145 leaves: ill, maps. [Westcountry Studies Library - xB/BRA 7/0001/WOO]
Short history of Bratton Fleming 1068-1978. [s.l.]: [s.n.] (1978) 5p. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/BRA 7/0001/SHO]
Sources for Village History - Bratton Fleming. Barnstaple: North Devon Record Office (1994) ISBN 1855223155
Bratton Fleming contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.
Bratton Fleming Apprentice Register 1742-1775. [Devon]: Devon Family History Society (2013). [Foreword]
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