Fremington  Devon


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

FREMINGTON, a village, a parish, and a hundred in Devon. The village stands on the estuary of the Taw, near the Bideford railway, 3 miles W of Barnstaple; was known, in the time of the Saxons, as Freemanton; was a borough, in the time of Edward III., sending members to parliament; and now has a station on the railway, and a post office designated Fremington, North Devon. ...

A small creek at it, called Fremington Pill, is an anchoring-place of vessels trading with Barnstaple, and a discharging-place of coal-vessels. -The parish contains also the village of Bickington; and is in the district of Barnstaple. Acres, 6, 810. Real property, £6, 108. Pop., 1, 245. Houses, 272. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged anciently to the Traceys, barons of Barnstaple; passed to the Hollands, the Acklands, and others; and belongs now to W. A. Yeo, Esq. Fremington House, the seat of Mr. Yeo, is a handsome mansion, amid extensive grounds, with a fine collection of exotics. Bickington House and Brynsworthy also are principal residences. Building-stone and pipe-clay occur; and a salmon fisher - is carried on. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £373.* Patron, the Rev. J. T. Pigot. The church is ancient; has a square turreted tower; and is good. There are two Baptist chapels, and charities £86. - The hundred lies between the Taw and the Torridge, and contains eleven parishes. Acres, 31, 384. Pop., 5, 861. Houses, 1, 192.

Fremington through time

Fremington 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 Fremington itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 19th April 2024

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