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Buckland Filleigh - A Continuous Thread

By Madeline Jane Taylor
Available from the author at 11, Athol Road, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 1BR
Price £12-50+£2-50 P&P.(£8-50 abroad) All procceds now go to the Parish Church.

The book covers the history of this fascinating parish from early times until the present day. From Saxon times until 1952, well within living memory, almost the whole parish was in Buckland Manor, which for almost 400 years was owned by the The Fortescue family. The author has drawn from many original documents including wills, the Parish registers, Poor Law records, Census records, Tax Lists from the 11th, 14th 15th 16th and 17th Centuries and 19th and 20th century newspaper reports.  She has also quoted from some medieval deeds, which date from the mid 13th century, and are possibly unique.
The cover of the book is taken from a watercolour of the Church and graveyard by a local resident.

The following is from a review in the Parish magazine:
“Jane Taylor’s much anticipated book on Buckland Filleigh history is an extremely good read and is packed with fascinating information about the parish. The book is such a good read in fact, that it should come with a warning: “Caution! This book is hard to put down”. Anyone who lives in one of the older houses in the parish will naturally turn straight to the detailed histories of their home and the families who lived there; but there’s much more to the book than that. It covers the history of the parish from the very earliest times to the present day, exploring the day to day detail of people’s lives, and making connections with the wider history of the country which sets everything into context. It’s the little details that really bring this book to life and for those of us who are relatively new to the parish it gives everything a greater depth.”

The following is from the review in the Devon Family History Society Journal:
“The author obviously has a great feel for the parish of her ancestors and has produced a book full of interest and fascinating insights into the lives of various inhabitants and their properties. There are plenty of good photographs and illustrations to support the text and the whole is a very worthwhile addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in Buckland Filleigh and the immediate area.”

e-mail - janeanddavetaylor@hotmail.com



Introduction Why Buckland Filleigh?
Explanations, Acknowledgements
Chapter 1 Long Long Ago  “ The People of the Land”
Domesday 1086, The Saxon Farm,  The Lay Subsidy 1332, Medieval Deeds
Chapter 2 The 16th & 17th Centuries
The Tudor Period, Subsidy Rolls 1524,1544,1581,
Muster Roll 1569, The CivilWar & Commonwealth, Protestation Return 1642, The Hearth Tax 1674
Chapter 3 Lords of the Manor 1243-1952
Santon, Filleigh, Fortescue, 19th C.Changes, Browne Family, Buckland House
Chapter 4 Hartleigh
Risdon Family, Smithshill, Way
Chapter 5 18th& 19th Centuries
Society & Class, Yeomanry, Farming, Land Tax,
Directory1850, 19th C. Estate Sales, Field Names,
Dwellings, Lanes & Paths, Census Analysis
Chapter 6 Parish Officials and Affairs
Illegitimacy 1626-1837, Apprenticeship 1806-1840, Settlement Rights, Crime, A Healthy Place to Live
Chapter 7 Eastern Farms and Dwellings
Bradleigh, Higher Bradleigh,
St Clair, Duckpool, The Mill, Modbury
Chapter 8 Filleighmoor Gate
Ashburton House, Filleighmoorgate House,
The Blacksmith, The Smithy, Matthew & John Arscott
Chapter 9 West Heanton
Celtic Settlement? Saxon Farm, Davy’sWest Heanton, Pipers West Heanton, Balkwill Family, Hembury,  Hembury Gate, HigherWest Heanton, Lower West Heanton.
Chapter 10 Western Farms and Dwellings
Chalhanger, Grasscott, Addiport, Harrislow, Galmington, Awsland, Glebe House- Tithes, Woodhead, Vanstone family
Chapter 11 Education
The School Log Books
Chapter 12 The 20th Century
1901 Census, Newspaper Articles 1896-1912,

World War 1, Memories, World War 2,
1952 Estate Sale, Farming in the1940’s & 1950’s, The Parish Today
  1. Directories 1906, 1890, 1923, 1930
  2. Fortescue Plaque
  3. Parish Officials 1806-1840
  4. Long-lived Residents,
  5. Long-Staying families
  6. Vanstone family tree
Surnames recorded in the Book


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