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Buckland Filleigh Parish Council

Your Councilors are:
Adrian Pett (Chairman) 281650

Alistair Nethacott (Vice-Chairman) 281614
Dickie Deane
David Balsdon 281444
Tom Bond 281754
Chris Caines (Parish Clerk from 13 May 2016) Telephone: 01409 281965 Email:

Minutes: March 2012- May 2012 - July 2015

Hiring the Buckland Filleigh Village Hall The committee room upstairs is just and the hall itself can be booked seperately per evening (heating extra). Call 01409-281535 for more details.

Buckland Filleigh Census 1901
Compiled by Madeline Jane Taylor

Buckland Filleigh - A Continuous Thread A book written by Madeline Jane Taylor. "an extremely good read and is packed with fascinating information about the parish." from the Buckland Filleigh Newsletter. Read more...

Buckland Filleigh Parish Newsletter
A Bi-monthly publication. Please send your contributions to Adrian Thomas
Adrian Thomas
Newsletters Oct/Nov 2006 Dec/Jan 2006/7 June/July 2007 Feb/Mar 2008
Oct/Nov 2014

Images of the area Past & Present
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This project was originally planned to record the inscriptions on the old grave stones before they were lost fore ever. With a few exceptions, all the gravestone (old and new) standing in this beautiful setting, have been deciphered and recorded. Hopefully this record will prove to be of interest to those looking for ancesters, and those interested in local History as well as others not connected with the Parish. Many of the inscriptions make fascinating, if heart rending reading. There is a photograph of each gravestone. In many cases there is also a short biography of the life of the person to whom the burial refers. The disc is on sale in the Parish for £5, or by post for £ 6. from Emma Anderson and phone number 01409231294.

All proceeds will be donated to the lovely Parish Church, St Mary's
M Jane Taylor 3628
" was during the last 50 years that the most dramatic changes had taken place in the Parish. Buckland Manor had survived into the mid Twentieth Century. This is unusual, but now the way of life associated with the Manor, which had continued generation after generation, has disappeared. The mixed pattern of farming, using small fields surrounded by high banks topped with a hedge, which I knew as a child, was the continuation of an agricultural system going back more than a thousand years. One hundred years ago every one living in the Parish was involved, directly or indirectly in farming and/or the Manor. Even fifty years ago most people living in Buckland Filleigh worked on the land, or serviced those who did. That has all changed...."

An extract from Buckland Filleigh - A Continuous Thread A book written by Madeline Jane Taylor. more...


Reproduced from the Buckland Filleigh newsletter the 1911 Census- Buckland House -Buckland Filleigh Arthur Scott Browne m. aged 44 landowner/means born resident of South Australia Frances Mary Browne m.16 years aged 40 born Brompton London Rebecca Mount servant/housekeeper m. aged 77? b. Reddington St Clement Norfolk Henry Eggers female/single servant/lady’s maid aged 41 born Bremin Germany William Dendle servant/butler single aged 31 born Ilfracombe Devon Frank Newcombe servant/coachman single aged 36 born Newton Tracy Devon Walter Newcombe servant/groom single aged 21 born Newton Tracy Devon Thomas Broad servant/groom single aged 25 born Shebbear Devon Samuel Wallace Gidley servant/groom single aged 20 born Woodbury Devon Arthur Tall servant/footman single aged 27 born Plymouth Devon Winifred Phillpotts servant/housemaid single aged 18 born Torquay Devon Thomas Alcock servant/chauffeur single aged 23 born Whitnash Warwick Herbert Tanton servant/hall boy single aged 18 born Tottington Warwick Winifred Smith servant/kitchen maid single aged 20 born Swindon Wilts Louise King servant/scullery maid single aged 20 born Dunhead St Mary Wilts Edith Neale servant/housemaid single aged 27 born Chawl Oxford

The above shows that in 1911 Arthur Scott Browne was a wealthy man. As in 1901 he and his wife ran a large prosperous establishment. This wealth did not come from the Buckland Filleigh Estate which I would believe have been a “drain” on his resources. It was the wealth accumulated by the family in South Australia that financed both this affluent life style and underpinned the whole estate. There were 14 servants living in (10 actually working in the house) There could also have been other servants who came in daily from the local area (no mention of a cook in above list) Interesting that there was a chauffeur and a coachman. Also interesting that most of the servants were not local, infact half came from outside Devon.

Jane Taylor

Highlighted gazetteer entry In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Buckland Filleigh like this:

"BUCKLAND-FILLEIGH, a parish in Torrington district, Devon; 6½ miles NW of Hatherleigh, and 10 S of Bideford r. station. Post Town, Shebbear, under Highampton, North Devon. Acres, 3,037. Real property, £1,872. Pop., 258. Houses, 46.

The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to Lord Ashburton and Lord Clinton. Buckland House is a seat of Lord Ashburton. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £218. Patron, the Bishop of Exeter. The church stands close to Buckland House; is a handsome small edifice; and contains monuments of the Filleighs and the Fortescues."


Buckland Filleigh, par., N. Devon, 10 miles S. of Bideford, 3037 ac., pop. 189. (John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887))

"The Parish is celebrated for its beautiful woods, little ivy mantled church above the lake, and its commanding views of Exmoor, Dartmoor, and the Caredon and Warbstow hills in Cornwall."
White's Directory 1890.


Buckland Filleigh had a recorded population of 180 in 2001. Source: FHSA 2001