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"TWITCHEN, 6 miles N.E. by E. of South Molton, is a small village in a picturesque dell, encompassed by lofty hills, some of which have flourishing plantations. Its parish contains 194 souls, and 2918 acres of land, extending to the borders of Somersetshire, and including about 310 acres of common. Lord Poltimore is lord of the manor, and owns the great tithes and most of the soil, and the rest belongs chiefly to Sir R.G. Throckmorton, Bart. The perpetual curacy is annexed to the vicarage of North Molton. The Church (St. Peter,) is a small neat structure, which was rebuilt in 1844, at the cost of £400, except the tower, which contains three bells. The chancel window is enriched with stained glass, and the seats are all open." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in South Molton Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple, and the Diocese of Exeter.

General Information


MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS and NDA North Devon indexes - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.

A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Church of St Peter is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 8 of Devon Memorial inscriptions (DE/M23).

Twitchen parish church, St. Peter: alphabetical list of names from headstones in the churchyard. Exeter: The Council [1988] 8p. [Westcountry Studies Library - px929.5/TWI/COU]


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 Records

Parish Registers going back to 1708 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 1708 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, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1715-1850 and Marriages 1708-1850.


Transcript of complete 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.


Hobbs, K. Margaret. The Lyddons of Twitchen. Typescript (1994) [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.2/LYD]

Land and Property

A note on some Passmore Farms in North Molton, Bishop's Nympton and Twitchen, by Desmond Painter.

Counterpart Lease of land at Praunsley, Twitchen from Anna Maria Throckmorton to William Passmore 29 September 1778, provided by Desmond Painter.

Names, Personal

Ryall, David. Lest We Forget, War memorials around South Molton. South Molton Archive, 68pp. [ISBN 0 951236 1 4] [Provides an indexed list of names]

Probate Records

Abstract of the wiil of Gurtrude Kingdon (1673) provided by Elizabeth Pedrick-Case.


South Molton and District Archive Local History Society web-site (archived copy) - provides details of archive holdings for the twenty-eight parishes in what used to be the South Molton Rural District, lists of publications, etc.

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