Bishop's Tawton

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Bishop's Tawton (centre), viewed from Codden Hill.

Bishop's Tawton is a village and civil parish in the North Devon district of Devon, England. It is in the valley of the River Taw, about three miles south of Barnstaple. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 1,176.

Famous residents include Clara Codd, the suffragette and theosophist, who was born in Pill House in October 1877 and who appears in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

The church spire is 14th century. Within the church, the baptismal font is Norman and there survive several mural monuments to the Chichester family of Hall.

Several sources dating from the 16th and 17th centuries[1] record that the see of the first bishop for Devon (a diocese created by dividing the Diocese of Sherborne in the early 10th century) was at Tawton (later named Bishop's Tawton) in 905, though certainly by 909 the see was at Crediton. (In 1050 the see moved to Exeter.) Any link between a possible 10th-century former bishop's church/cathedral and the extant parish church of St John the Baptist is conjectural. The case for a brief bishopric at Tawton is far from proved, but there are remains of a modest bishop's "palace" at Court Farm, next to the parish church. This residence was used for centuries by the diocesan bishops, until Tudor times, and the parish was a bishop's peculiar.[2]

Historic estates[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chanter, J.R. Tawton: The First Saxon Bishopric of Devonshire, Report and Transactions of the Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature and Art, Vol. VII (1875), pp. 179-196.
  2. ^ Orme, N. The Church in Devon: 400-1560 (Exeter, 2013), caption to Fig. 9.

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 51°03′08″N 4°02′48″W / 51.05222°N 4.04667°W / 51.05222; -4.04667