Atherington  Devon


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Atherington like this:

ATHERINGTON, a village and a parish in Barnstaple district, Devon. The village stands on a hill, adjacent to the river Taw, in the vicinity of Umberleigh r. station, 7 miles SSE of Barnstaple; and has a post office under Barnstaple. The parish comprises 3,326 acres. Real property, £3,270. ...

Pop., 598. Houses, 120. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the Bassetts. A palace of King Athelstan is said to have stood at Umberleigh; and an ancient chapel was there, which also is said to have been built by him. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £403.* Patron, the Rev. J. Arthur. The church is an ancient edifice, of nave, chancel, and north aisle, in bad condition; was a cell to Caen abbey; and contains a very handsome carved screen, and two recumbent effigies of the 15th century, brought to it in 1800 from the chapel at Umberleigh. There are a Baptist chapel in the village, and a Wesleyan chapel at Langridge.

Atherington through time

Atherington is now part of North Devon district. Click here for graphs and data of how North Devon has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Atherington itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Atherington in North Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 01st December 2021

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