Transcribed from - Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer. 1870
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Transcribed by David GALE
Checked by Val HENDERSON
Pages 360 - 361
ALWINGTON is a village and parish in Bideford union, containing, by the census of 1861, 359 inhabitants, and 2655 acres; in the deanery of Hartland, archdeaconry of Barnstaple, diocese of Exeter, hundred of Shebbear, North Devonshire; 5 miles south-west from Bideford, on the coast of the Bristol Channel, overlooking Barnstaple Bay. The rectory, in the incumbency of the Rev. Herbert Barnes, M.A., had the tithes commuted, in 1837, at £243 per annum, with residence and 74 acres of glebe land, and is in the patronage of John Richard Pine-Coffin, Esq., J.P. The church is a fine ancient edifice, dedicated to St. Andrew, consisting of nave, chancel, north and south aisles, and tower containing four bells. The Wesleyans have a place of worship here. There is a school for children of both sexes. There are almshouses for three poor people, which were founded and endowed, with 10 acres of land, by Richard Coffin, Esq., in 1667, and the poor have charitable bequests producing £8 8s. per annum. John Richard Pine-Coffin, Esq., is lord of the manor, and he and the Rev. Walter M. Bruton are the chief owners of the soil.
FORD, 2 miles north-east, WOOD TOWN, one mile north-west, and FAIRY CROSS, 1 mile north, are hamlets forming part and parcel of the parish.
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