Bratton Fleming

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Bratton Fleming
Bratton Fleming, The White Hart Inn - - 275962.jpg
The White Hart Inn, Bratton Fleming
Bratton Fleming is located in Devon
Bratton Fleming
Bratton Fleming
Bratton Fleming shown within Devon
Population 928 
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
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51°07′19″N 3°56′24″W / 51.122°N 3.940°W / 51.122; -3.940Coordinates: 51°07′19″N 3°56′24″W / 51.122°N 3.940°W / 51.122; -3.940

Bratton Fleming is a large village, civil parish and former manor near Barnstaple, in Devon, England. The population in 2001 was 942, falling to 928 in 2011.[1] The village is a few miles east-south-east of Exmoor. The parish is surrounded, clockwise from the north, by the parishes of Challacombe, Brayford, Stoke Rivers, Goodleigh, Shirwell, Loxhore, Arlington and Kentisbury.[2] There is an electoral ward with the same name. The ward population at the 2011 census was 2,117.[3]


The former Manor of Bratton Fleming was owned by a succession of families from the Norman Conquest to the 19th century. The Flemings had their seat at Chimwell, now a farmhouse called Chumhill, which Risdon said was "one of the largest demesnes of this shire". Benton and Haxton were other small Domesday manors. The great jurist Henry de Bracton was probably born at Bratton, although his claim is also made for Bratton Clovelly.

The village was once served by a railway station, supposedly 'the most beautiful in England', on the narrow gauge Lynton & Barnstaple Railway; the trackbed runs close to the village. The street names Station Road and Station Hill survive.


St Peter's Church was rebuilt on the site of a much older building, in 1861.

Rev. Gascoigne Canham (d.1667), Rector of Arlington, whose mural monument exists in Arlington Church, and a relative by marriage to the Chichester family of Arlington (a cadet branch of the Chichesters of Raleigh and later of Youlston, lords of the manor of Bratton Fleming), purchased in 1665 the advowson of Bratton Fleming, 2 1/2 miles south-east of Arlington, from Sir Francis Godolphin for £300,[4] and on 27 March 1667 he signed a deed granting the advowson in perpetuity to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, of which he was a member.[5] He also gave £10 toward the "Combination Room" of that college.[6] A mural monument exists in St Peter's Church, Bratton Fleming, to Rev. Bartholomew Wortley, the first rector to be appointed by Gonville & Caius College. He was aged about 50 when appointed and remained in office until his death in 1749 aged 97.

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  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Map of Devon Parishes" (PDF). Devon County Council. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Copy deed held at North Devon Record Office (1506 A-1/PI5)
  5. ^ Worthy, Charles, Devonshire Wills: A Collection of a Number of Testaments
  6. ^ Venn, John, Biographical History of Gonville & Caius College, 1897, pp.280-1, 287

Devon by W.G.Hoskins (1954) et al.

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