A parish in Shirlwell Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and Diocese of Exeter, 5 miles N.E. of Barnstaple, which had 270 inhabitants in 1831.
"[Stoke Rivers] anciently belonged to the "Rivers" family, is a village & parish 5 miles E by N of Barnstaple containing 299 inhabitants & 2426 acres of land, including the hamlet of "North Horridge". Sir A. Chichester, Bart, is lord of the manor & owner of most of the soil, and the rest belongs to J. & P. Tamlyn, & several smaller owners. The Church (Holy Ascension) is a Gothic structure with a tower & 5 Bells. The Rectory valued in KB at £14-14s-7d and in 1831 at £260 is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Henry Hiern LLB. who has 59a,1r,32p, of glebe & a good old residence." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
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Scobie, C.L. Monumental Inscriptions of the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Loxhore, 1614-1971, and the Church of St Bartholomew, Stoke Rivers, 1686-1971. (1971) [Westcountry Studies Library, SoG Library]
Snetzler, M.F. North Devon Surname Index to the Census. Microfiche: M.F. Snetzler, Barcott, Buckland Brewer, Bideford, Devon EX39 5LN. [Covers 1881 census records for this parish]
Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1553 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): Marriages 1754-1837 - for details see their book list.
Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
Jackson, Liz. A Pioneering Spirit: The Story that began with Philip's ponds, Elizabeth Joan Jackson (2007) 198 pp. [ISBN 978-0-9557380-0-5] [Concerning the Hiern family, originally of Stoke Rivers]
Jackson, Liz. A Pioneering Spirit: The Story That Began with Philip's Ponds, Devon Family Historian, vol. 127, (2008) pp.24-26. [Family of Rev. Henry Hiern, Vicar of Stoke Rivers for 18 years, who emigrated with his family to South Australia in 1852.]
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