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"HARPFORD, a scattered village in the picturesque valley of the small river Sid, 3½ miles N.W. by W. of Sidmouth, and 10½ miles E. by S. of Exeter, has in its parish 305 souls and 1518 acres of land, including the hamlets of Bowd, or Bowood, Sotherton, and Burrow, each about a mile from the church. Harpford Wood contains about 400 acres, and exhibits some picturesque scenery formed by the hills of Ottery and Sidmouth. The Trustees of the late Lord Rolle are lords of the manor and owners of a great part of the parish; and the rest belongs to the Rev. J. Sydenham, Henry Peppin, Miss L.H. Peppin, Mr. Thomas Stocker, and a few smaller owners. The manor was anciently held by the noble family of Dinham, and their old mansion, now a farm-house, called Court Place, is traditionally said to have been the county gaol, before its removal to Bicton. The Church (St. Gregory,) is a venerable fabric, with a tower and three bells, and was appropriated in 1205 to the Abbey of St Michael de Monte, and afterwards to Sion monastery. The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £18. 11s. 3d., and in 1831 at £239, with that of Venn-Ottery annexed to it, is in the patronage of the Trustees of the late Lord Rolle, and incumbency of the Rev. J.C. Fisher, M.A., . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
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A parish in East Budleigh Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter. Part of the Otter Valley area.
The Churches of Harpford and Fen Ottery, Devon, with a list of the vicars. (1908) 6p. [Westcountry Studies Library - p726.5/HAR/LAN]
Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1638 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 1809-1837 - for details see their book list.
Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1638-1837, and Marriages 1638-1837.
Russell, C.A.W. The Church Registers of the Parish of Harpford. Trans. Devon Assoc. 82 (1950) pp.229-231. [Description]
The Deanery of Aylesbeare: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Aylesbeare, Bicton, Branscombe, Broadclyst, Clyst Honiton, Clyst St.George, Clyst St.Mary, Colaton Raleigh, East Budleigh, Farringdon, Harpford, Huxham, Littleham, Lympstone, Otterton, Ottery St. Mary, Pinhoe, Poltimore, Rockbeare, Salcombe Regis, Sidbury, Sidmouth, Sowton, Stoke Canon, Topsham, Venn Ottery, Whimple, Withycombe Raleigh and Woodbury. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850 and Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England 1844, CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2012). [Aylesbeare Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Bicton Bapt: 1813-1843, Mar: 1755-1835, Bur: 1813-1852, Bur: 1725-1845 (BTs); Branscombe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1545-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Broadclyst Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst Honiton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst St. George Bapt: 1813-1837, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst St. Mary Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1840, Bur: 1813-1837; Colaton Raleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; East Budleigh Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; East Budleigh Salem Chapel, Bur: 1832-1837; Farringdon Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1852; Glenorchy Independent Exmouth, Bur: 1784-1818; Harpford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1809-1837; Huxham Bapt: 1813-1852, Mar: 1758-1836, Bur: 1813-1864; Littleham (near Exmouth) Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Lympstone Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Otterton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Ottery St. Mary Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Pinhoe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1844, Bur: 1813-1838; Poltimore Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Rockbeare Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Salcombe Regis Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Sidbury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1830, Bur: 1813-1837; Sidmouth Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Sowton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Stoke Canon Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Topsham Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Venn Ottery Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Whimple Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Withycombe Raleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Woodbury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837.]
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 Ros Hickman, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Marr 1754-1837; Banns 1773-1971; Baptisms 1668-1874; Burials 1638-1837; All Census returns 1841-1891; Land tax assessments 1781.)
Lee, Thomas E. The Lees of Harpford, Devon, Devon Family Historian, vol. 117, (Feb 2006) pp.31-32. [The family were in Harpford from the mid-17th C, and emigrated to the USA in 1774.]
General historical and descriptive information, area map from 1765, details about administrative boundaries, etc., about Harpford from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.
Evans, H.R. Harpford. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 101 (1969) pp. 45-81. [Index]
Tenney, G. Peep into the past: Newton Poppleford and Harpford. Newton Abbot: G.Tenney  27p. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/NEW 4/0001/TEN]
The lower Otter valley: sketches on local history, Budleigh, Otter Valley Assoc. (1984) 104p: ill,maps. [ISBN 0950753416]
Harpford Apprentices Register - 1804-1839, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF A212). [Foreword]
Evans, H.R. Harpford Parochial Health Service 1730-1830. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 29, 7 (963) pp.201-205. [Raymond: Discussion of Overseer's account book.]
The Otter Valley Association has an extensive web-site providing much genealogical and historical material.
Lay Subsidy Roll for 1332, provided by Ros Hickman.Find help, report problems, and contribute information.
Last updated: 16 Jul 2016 - Brian Randell
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