Transcribed from - Morris and Co.'s Commercial Directory and Gazetteer. 1870
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AVETON-GIFFORD (commonly call AWTON-GIFFORD) is a village and parish in Kingsbridge union, containing, by the census of 1861, 839 inhabitants, and 3182 acres; in the deanery of Woodleigh, archdeaconry of Totnes, diocese of Exeter, hundred of Ermington, East Devonshire; 3 ½ miles north-west from Kingsbridge, on the banks of the river Avon. The rectory, in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. William Parr Pitman, M.A., is valued at £667 per annum with residence and 97A. 1R. 38P. of glebe land. The church is a fine ancient Cruciform edifice, in the Perpendicular style, dedicated to St Andrew, with tower containing six bells. It has been thoroughly restored, at an expense of £2,003, and re-opened for divine service in October, 1869. The Baptists, Bible Christians, and Wesleyans have places of worship here. There is a National School for children of both sexes, with house for the master, which was erected in 1857. B.P. Baston, Esq., is lord of the manor, the lords of which formerly had the power to inflict capital punishment.
The river Avon, which is here crossed by a bridge, abounds in salmon and trout, and at the hatch is a salmon weir, the property of Peter Stanley Lowe Esq., of Churchstowe. Three brooks, which form feeders of the river can be crossed at low tide, at a place called "The Stakes", which gives a shorter route to Bigbury. There are some small charitable bequests for the benefit of the poor.
ASHFORD, HARRATON, LIXTON, and STADBURY are hamlets forming part and parcel of this parish.
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