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"[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)]

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.


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

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1553 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 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):

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1553-1744 and Marriages 1556-1744.


Transcript of 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.


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.]


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

Land and Property

Complete transcription of Stoke Rivers Land Tax records, 1780-1832, by Roy Conibear.

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