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FONT SIZE=+2 COLOR=#cc0066>High Bickington community page

High Bickington is located within Torridge local authority area. Historically it formed part of North Tawton Hundred. It falls within Torrington Deanery for ecclesiastical purposes. The Deaneries are used to arrange the typescript Church Notes of B.F.Cresswell which are held in the Westcountry Studies Library. The population was 693 in 1801 539 in 1901 . Figures for other years are available on the local studies website.

A parish history file is held in Chulmleigh Library. You can look for other material on the community by using the place search on the main local studies database. Further historical information is also available on the Genuki website.

Maps: The image below is of the High Bickington area on Donn's one inch to the mile survey of 1765.


On the County Series Ordnance Survey mapping the area is to be found on 1:2,500 sheet 30/4 Six inch (1:10560) sheet 30NE
The National Grid reference for the centre of the area is SS600205. On the post 1945 National Grid Ordnance Survey mapping the sheets are: 1:10,000 (six inch to a mile: sheet SS52SE,SS62SW, 1:25,000 mapping: sheet Explorer 127, Landranger (1:50,000) mapping: sheet 180. Geological sheet 309 also covers the area.

Extract from Devon by W.G.Hoskins (1954), included by kind permission of the copyright holder:

BICKINGTON, HIGH like so many villages in this part of Devon, stands on a summit commanding wonderful views NE. to Exmoor and S. to Dartmoor. This is one of the unknown and unspoilt parts of Devon. Lee Barton and South Heale are farmhouses of some antiquarian interest.

The church (St. Mary) is of exceptional interest. It is a 12th century building, somewhat altered and enlarged in the early 14th, and considerably enlarged by two aisles and a W. tower in the late 15th or early 16th century" The wagon roofs of nave, chancel, and N. aisle are worth attention, but the great feature of the church is a magnificent series of about seventy carved bench-ends. These fall into two main types: a late Gothic, with window tracery, etc., and a Renaissance, with figures, heads, etc., all c. 1500-30 in date. The modern carving on the choir stalls, portraying processions of animals and birds, is also very pleasing.

Creator: Devon Library and Information Services
Title: High Bickington community page
Imprint: Exeter : Devon Library and Information Services
Date: 2004
Format: Web page : HTML
Series: Devon community web pages ; GAZHIG1
Ref. no.: WEB GAZHIG1
Coverage: Devon . High Bickington . History . Web pages

Last Updated: 18/05/2005

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