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"BUCKLAND, (WEST) is a small parish and village, 6 miles N.W. by N. of South Molton, comprising 275 souls, and about 1700A. of land. Jas. George, Esq., is lord of the manor, but a great part of the soil belongs to Earl Fortescue and the Rev. J. Buckingham. The Church (St. Peter,) has a tower and five bells, and the living is a rectory, valued in K.B. at £13. 3s. 4d., and in 1831 at £220, in the patronage of Lord de Dunstanville, and incumbency of the Rev. Walter Gee, B.D., of St. Mary Week, Cornwall. The glebe is 30A., and the parsonage is a good residence." [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 Incledon index - 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 1881 census records for this parish]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1625 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1837 - for details see their book list.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

Nothing transcribed into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).


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.


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

Peter Christie, Oral History and a Tithe Dispute at West Buckland in 1579, Devon Family Historian, No. 69, Feb. 1994, pp. 32-35.

Land and Property

Payne, Barbara (ed.). Huxtable, East Buckland: the story of a North Devon farm and its neighbourhours. West Buckland: The Editor (1993) [iii], 104p: ill, maps, plans. [ISBN 0952105500]

Names, Personal

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

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]


Baxter, E.A. (comp.). West Buckland school and Old Boys Association: a scrapbook covering period 1920's to 1960's. [1920] 1 vol. [Barnstaple Library - 373.22/WES/BAX]
Delderfield, R.F. Tales out of school: an anthology of West Buckland reminiscences 1895-1963. St. Austell: H.E.Warne (1963) 79p, plates: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - 373.22/WES/DEL]
Edmunds, Jon. A history of West Buckland School. Barnstaple: Aycliffe Press (1983) 120p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - s373.22/WES/EDM]
'Friends and Pupils'. West Buckland Sschool 1858 - 1958; A Review of a Century recorded by Friends and Pupils, Ilfracombe, (1958) Illusts, 143 pp.
West Buckland year book and kalendar for 1857. South Molton: W.Tucker (1857) [171]p: ill, 2 of pls. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/WES 2/1857/WES] [Index]
West Buckland year book and kalendar for 1860. West Buckland: Farm & Cou.Sch. (1860) 176, 42p, pl: col ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/WES 2/1860/WES]
West Buckland School: a review of a century recorded by friends and pupils [1858-1958]. Ilfracombe: Chronicle Press (1958) 143p: ill. [Barnstaple Library - 373.222/BN: WES 2/WES]
West Buckland School register. West Buckland]: The School (1863-) 20p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/WES 2/1860/WES]
West Buckland School Roll of Honour 1914-1918. West Buckland: The School (1926) 20p. [Westcountry Studies Library - s940.467/WES/WES]


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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