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"HEANTON PUNCHARDON, a pleasant village, on an eminence north of the Taw estuary, 4½ miles W.N.W. of Barnstaple, has in its parish 626 souls, and 2300 acres of land, including the hamlets of West Ashford, Chivenor, and Rafton. A.D. Bassett, Esq., is lord of the manor of Heanton, formerly held by the Punchardon family, and afterwards by the Beaumonts, whose heiress carried it in marriage to the Bassetts. Heanton Court, now a farm house, was formerly the seat of the Bassetts, and stands near the estuary, forming a conspicuous object in the view from Barnstaple bridge. The Rev. Fras. Mole, C.C. Drake, Esq., G. Langdon, J. Crang, H. Lovering, and a few smaller owners, have estates in the parish. The Church (St. Augustine,) has a tower and six bells, and the nave and chancel are separated by a richly carved screen. In the chancel is the finely carved tomb of one of the Coffin family, surmounted by a rich canopy. Here are also many mural tablets, belonging to the Bassett, Ballyman, and other families." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Braunton Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter.


MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS and Incledon indexes - 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 History

Heanton Punchardon - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).

Parish church website.

Ruffle, L.N. St. Augustine's Church, Heanton Punchardon, Barnstaple (Rev. ed.) [Heanton?]: L.J.Bell (1975) 12p: ill, plan. [Westcountry Studies Library - p726.5/HEA/RUF]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1559 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 1559, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1597, 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 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1800-1837 - 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 1597-1835 and Marriages 1560-1812.
Brock, Bob and Ann. From Cradle to Grave 1900-1919, 20 years of Birth, Marriage and Death Notices Taken from the 'North Devon Journal' for the parishes of Ashford, Bittadon, Heanton Punchardon, Georgeham, Marwood, Morthoe and West Down Braunton Museum, The Bakehouse Centre, Caen Street, Braunton, N. Devon EX33 1AA (2002?) 60p.


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

Transcription, by Jonathan Frayne of the Heanton Punchardon section of Kelly's Directory of Barnstaple and Neighbourhood (1941).


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.

Kelly, Mary. The Langdon family of Georgeham, Braunton, Northam and Heanton Punchardon, North Devon, England, Moggill, Queensland, M. Kelly (1994?) 1 vol: ill, maps. [Westcountry Studies Library px929.2/LAN]
Punchard, E.G. Punchard of Heanton-Punchardon, Trans. Dev. Assoc. vol. 25, 1893, pp. 382-87. [Index]
Punchard, E.G. Punchard of Heanton-Punchardon: Records of an unfortunate family. Privately printed (1894) [Westcountry Studies Library - x929.2/PUN]
Shairp, S.F. Family Records; or A Genealogical Account of the families which branch off from the Bassetts and Courtenays, from the years 1734 down to the present time. Printed by Theodore Hannaford, Totnes (1856).


General historical and descriptive information, area map from 1765, details about administrative boundaries, etc., about Heanton Punchardon from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.

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