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"PUTFORD, (WEST) in the Torridge valley, 8½ miles N. of Holsworthy, is a village and parish, containing 490 souls, and 2620 acres of land, including the small hamlets of Colscot, Thriverden, and Westfield. Wm. May, Esq., is lord of the manor, but a great part of the soil belongs to the Trustees of the late Lord Rolle, the Rev. P. Thomas, Archdeacon Stevens, and a few smaller owners. The Church is a fine cruciform structure, in the perpendicular style, with a tower at the west end, containing three bells. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £9. 11s. 0 ½d., and in 1831 at £204, is in the patronage of Wm. May, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. J.L. May, B.A., who has 89A. of glebe, and a good residence, recently erected. . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
A parish in Black Torrington Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter.

General information:


Grylls, Richard G. The Making of a Missionary: The early life of Thomas Grills Vanstone, Devon Family Historian, vol. 115, (2005) pp.8-13.
Lambert, J.W. The Bodley Head, 1887-1987. London: Bodley Head (1988) vii, 365p: ill. [ISBN 0370309499] [Biog. of John Lane]


MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS and Incledon indexes - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.
Aldridge, Nicola. Monumental Inscriptions: St Stephen's Churchyard, West Putford, (2003). [DFHS Library 929.5/PUT, SoG Library DE/M 11]


Transcription of the 1841 census, by Nicola Aldridge.

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 1717 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 1668, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1614, 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.

Among the records for this parish provided by Devon Heritage are transcripts of Burials for 1837-1851, 1870-1891.

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

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1614-1681, Marriages 1614-1629, 1664-1683, 1696-1811.


Transcription provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.


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


The Online Parish Clerk for this parish is Nicola Aldridge, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: PRs 1841-> Census; MIs, etc.)

This parish is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.


Walther, W.G. "The Good Old Days"; at Cory Barton, west Putford, North Devon. Devon Family Historian, No. 84 (Nov. 1987) pp. 29- 31.
Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the parish of West Putford, Devon. Typescript (1963) 8p. [Westcountry Studies Library - B/WES 5/0001/WIL]

Land and Property

Garvice, Charles. A farm in Creamland; a book of the Devon contryside, New York, Hodder (1903) 392 pp. [LC: DA670.D5]


Covy Manor, near Holsworthy, Devon. Underwood Warmington [1986] 11p: col ill, map. [Westcountry Studies Library - p333.322/WES/UND]

Names, Personal

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

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