High Bray  Devon


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

HIGHBRAY, a parish in Barnstaple district, Devon; on the river Bray, near the boundary with Somerset, 6½ miles NNW of South Molton, and 9½ E by N of Barnstaple r. station. Post town, North Molton, under South Molton. Acres, 4, 273. Real property, £3, 505. Pop., 295. Houses, 48. ...

The property is divided among a few. Lydcott, the house whence Amy Robsart of Sir Walter Scott's novel of " Kenilworth '' went, is now partly removed and partly a farm house; and the ancient chapel of it is now the farm garden; and a shilling of Queen Elizabeth was, a few years ago, found there. The surface of the parish is high, and partly moorish. An ancient fortification of about 4 acres, a tumulus 114 feet in circuit and 10 feet high, and several smaller tumuli, are on the moor. Successive strata in the tumuli have been found, on examination, to contain, -first, ashes, Roman coins, and cinerary urns; next, Greek coins; next, Egyptian coins, Phœnician coins, and copper arrow heads. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £280. Patron, P. P. Acland, Esq. The church is very ancient; has a peculiar tower; and contains a fine ancient font, and several very old monumental stones.

High Bray through time

High Bray 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 High Bray itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 23rd January 2022

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