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"ANSTEY, (EAST) is a small scattered village, among the high hills, near the borders of Somersetshire, 3½ miles W.S.W. of Dulverton, and 10 miles E. of South Molton. Its parish contains 240 souls, and 3245 acres of land, but only 2500 acres are tithable, and the greater part of the remainder is open moorland and plantations. The manor was dismembered many years ago, and the soil belongs to the Rev. John Froude, J.G. Pearse, A. Smith, T. Hole, J.H. Beadon, and H. Barnes, Esqrs.; Mrs. Fisher, the heirs of the late Lord Rolle, and a few smaller owners. The Barton is the seat of the Rev. John Froude, and was built in 1848, on the site of the old mansion. The Church (St. Michael,) is a small ancient building, with a tower and four bells." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in South Molton Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter.

General information:


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


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 Records

Parish Registers going back to 1596 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 1596, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1607, 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 1688-1837 - for details see their book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1596-1812 and Marriages 1610, 1668-1812.

Granville, Roger & Mugford, W.E. (eds.) East Anstey, marriages 1607-1633. 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].


Transcript of complete entry in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.


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


This parish is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.

Prideaux, F.B. Cruwys of Morchard and East Anstey Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 13, 1924-5, pp. 134-7. [Includes pedigree. 14-15th c.]

Names, Personal

East Anstey 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]


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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