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"OAKFORD, or Okeford, a village on a bold acclivity, between the Exe and one of its tributary streams, 3 miles W. by S. of Bampton, and 8 miles N.N.W. of Tiverton, has in its parish 641 souls, and 5251 acres of land, rising in lofty hills on the north and west. The manor was anciently held by the Montacutes, and afterwards by the Pollards. Thomas Daniel, Esq., now owns three-fourths of it, and the rest belongs to the Rev. J. Spurway; but J. Browne, Esq., and a few smaller freeholders, have estates in the parish. The Church (St. Peter,) was rebuilt about 12 years ago, and has a tower and eight bells. The organ was given by the late Mrs. Parkin, and a school has been built at her expense. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £24, and in 1831 at £384, is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. James Parkin, M.A., who has a good residence and 90A. of glebe. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Witheridge Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter.

General Information


Palfrey, Vi. The Search for George Palfrey, Devon Family Historian, vol. 127, (2008) pp.5-6.

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1568 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 1568 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 1813-1840 - 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 1568-1812 and Marriages 1568-1812.

Description and Travel

Oakford village website.


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


Loosemore of Devon - by W.R. Loosemoore.


Bentley, E.W. Oakford: the history of a Devon parish. Oakford: E.W. Bentley (1982) 239p: map. [ISBN 0950794201]

Names, Personal

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


Baker, J. Oakford Parish 1832. Devon Family Historian 44 (1987) p.23.
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