West Alvington  Devon


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

ALLINGTON, or Alvington (West), a parish and a subdistrict in the district of Kingsbridge, Devon. The parish lies on the Marlborough. creek, 1 mile SW of Kingsbridge, and 9½ S of Kingsbridge-Road r. station. It has a post office, of the name of West Alvington, under Kingsbridge; and it contains the hamlets of Woolstone, Easton, Sorley, and Bawcombe, and part of the hamlet of Marlborough. ...

Acres, 4,110; of which 270 are water. Real property, with Thurlestone and South Milton, £13,111. Pop., 925. Houses, 199. The property is much sub-divided. Allington manor belonged anciently to the Bastards. Garston gardens were famous for producing, on wall-trees, oranges and lemons of as fine a quality as any in Portugal. The right to a weekly market was granted to West Allington in 1270, but went into disuse. The living is a vicarage, united with the curacies of Malborough, South Huish, and South Milton, in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £888. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury. The church has a screen, contains tombs of the Bastards, and is very good. The vicarage of Salcombe is a separate benefice. Charities, £9.—The sub-district comprises six parishes. Acres, 15,901. Pop., 4,835. Houses, 999.

West Alvington through time

West Alvington is now part of South Hams district. Click here for graphs and data of how South Hams has changed over two centuries. For statistics about West Alvington itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of West Alvington, in South Hams and Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 17th June 2024

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