Brendon  Devon


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

BRENDON, a parish in Barnstaple district, Devon; at the northern extremity of the county, adjacent to the coast and to Exmoor forest, 1½ mile ESE of Lynton, and 17 NE of Barnstaple r. station. Post Town, Lynton, under Barnstaple. Acres, 6,733. Real property, £1,570. Pop., 291. Houses, 57. ...

The manor belonged, in the time of Edward the Confessor, to Ailward Tochestone; was given by William the Conqueror to Ralph de Pomerois; passed to the Beaples and the Chichesters; and belongs now to F. W. Knight, Esq. Much of the surface is sheep-walk and deer preserve. The vale of Brendon is narrow, deep, and picturesque. The parish is a meet for the North Devon hounds. Major Wade, a leader in the insurrection under the Duke of Monmouth, was made prisoner at Farley farm. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £200. Patron, F. W. Knight, Esq. The church is a structure partly of 1733, mainly of 1828.

Brendon through time

Brendon 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 Brendon itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 16th January 2022

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