Buckland Filleigh - A Continuous Thread
Madeline Jane Taylor
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."
Alphabetical List of Surnames recorded in the Book.
Below is an extract from the book;
Why Buckland Filleigh?
"For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place"
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."
years ago, I began to research my Family History. My mother was born
at Filleighmoor Gate in 1909, but it was some time before I realised
just how closely my roots were associated with Buckland Filleigh……
This book, by its very nature, is a personal journey. It is also I hope a serious piece of historical research. Wherever possible I have used primary sources, the Parish Registers, Medieval Deeds, Tax Lists, Wills, Census Records and many others. I have been as accurate as possible in recording the information I have provided, and where I have speculated this will be obvious. One of the most difficult tasks has been to decide "what to put where". The history of a community does not divide itself into neat parcels…….
I have been fascinated to " meet" so many of Buckland Filleigh's past dwellers: Johel, the 13th Century smith, and Matthew Arscott, the 19th Century blacksmith; John, William, and John, practising their archery in the reign of the first Queen Elizabeth, to protect the Parish from the Spaniards; William Fortescue in the 18th Century, Lord of the Manor, friend of politicians and poets, Master of the Rolls and Privy Councillor; Joanna Balkwill later in the 18th Century with her silk cloak and her quilt made out of her maiden gown; five year old Bernard Vaughan watching the candles lit at the children's Christmas Party at Buckland House in 1929; and so very many more. I hope that you also enjoy finding out about this ordinary, but also quite extraordinary North Devon Parish……. .
relating to Buckland Filleigh
(Please note that the author is happy to reply to questions that people may have about these documents. Contact details at the top of the page)