Farringdon, Devon

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St Petrock's church, Farringdon

Farringdon is a village, civil parish and former manor in the district of East Devon in the county of Devon, England. The parish is surrounded clockwise from the north by the parishes of Clyst Honiton, Aylesbeare, a small part of Colaton Raleigh, Woodbury, Clyst St Mary and a small part of Sowton.[1]

The village is twinned with Secqueville-en-Bessin, Normandy, France.[2]

The parish church of St Petrock and St Barnabas[3] is a Grade II* listed building.[4] Rebuilt in 1870, it retains its original Norman font. One of its most famous incumbents was John Travers (died 1620), a Nottingham man who was brother to the famous puritan cleric Walter Travers and who was related by marriage to another, Richard Hooker.


The manor of Farringdon was long held by the "de Farringdon" family, whose pedigree from the early 13th century to the late 16th century is given in the Heraldic Visitations of Devon.[5] Lancelot Farringdon (d.1598) "a proper and discret gentleman in outward show", in the words of Risdon (d.1640), was the last in the male line and committed suicide, and was "found hanged in his bedchamber by his garter to the bedstead".[6] His estates passed to his two sisters, Abigail Farringdon, the elder, married to John Drake of Peter Tavy in Devon, and Mary Farringdon, the younger sister whose share of the inheritance included Farringdon,[7] married to William Cooper.[8] The arms of Farringdon were: Sable, three unicorns in pale argent armed and crined or.[9]

Historic estates[edit]

The parish of Farringdon contains various historic estates including:

  • Crealy[10] (anciently Crowlegh,[11] Crowleigh,[12] Crealy,[13] Crailey,[14] Crayley,[15] etc.), in about 1600 the seat of the "Mortimer alias Tanner" family.[16] Today it is the site of the "Crealy Adventure Park & Resort" themepark.[17]
  • Denbow[18] (anciently Penbow,[19] Benbow,[20] etc.), anciently a seat of the Martyn family.[21]
  • Upham, in the time of Pole (d.1635), the seat of Humfry Walrond[22] (born 1554), (4th son of Humphry II Walrond (died 1586) of Bradfield in the parish of Uffculme, Devon[23]) who purchased it from a member of the Duke family of Otterton. At some previous time it had been a possession of the Cary family.[24] The surviving 17th century mansion, now a farmhouse, has on the first floor a plaster overmantel with strapwork decoration.[25]


  1. ^ "Map of Devon Parishes" (PDF). Devon County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  2. ^ "British towns twinned with French towns [via WaybackMachine.com]". Archant Community Media Ltd. Archived from the original on July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-12.
  3. ^ https://www.achurchnearyou.com/farringdon-st-petrock-st-barnabas/
  4. ^ "Name: CHURCH OF ST PETROCK AND ST BARNABUS List entry Number: 1328759". Historic England. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  5. ^ *Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, pp.339-40
  6. ^ Risdon, Tristram (d.1640), Survey of Devon, 1811 edition, London, 1811, with 1810 Additions, p.62. See also Vivian, footnote 3, p.340
  7. ^ Vivian, footnote 3, p.340
  8. ^ Vivian, p.292
  9. ^ Vivian, p.339
  10. ^ Modern spelling; Polwhele, p.203
  11. ^ Pole, p.159
  12. ^ Polwhele, Richard, History of Devonshire, 3 Vols., Vol.2, London, 1793, Vol.2, p.203
  13. ^ Polwhele, p.203
  14. ^ Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.575, pedigree of "Mortimer alias Tanner"
  15. ^ Vivian, p.575
  16. ^ Pole, p.159; Pedigree see Vivian, p.575
  17. ^ https://www.crealy.co.uk/useful-information
  18. ^ Pevsner, p.447
  19. ^ Pole, p.159
  20. ^ Polwhele, p.203
  21. ^ Pole, p.159
  22. ^ Pole, p.159
  23. ^ Vivian, p.768, pedigree of Walrond of Bradfield
  24. ^ Pole, Sir William (d.1635), Collections Towards a Description of the County of Devon, Sir John-William de la Pole (ed.), London, 1791
  25. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus & Cherry, Bridget, The Buildings of England: Devon, London, 2004, p.447

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 50°42′48″N 3°23′48″W / 50.71333°N 3.39667°W / 50.71333; -3.39667