West Alvington

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All Saints, West Alvington

West Alvington is a small village, located on the outskirts of Kingsbridge in South Devon on the A381 road. The appropriate electoral ward is called Westville and Alvington. Its population at the 2011 census was 2,042.[1] It has a primary school and is about a 10-minute walk from the centre of Kingsbridge.


It was originally part of the manor of Bowringsleigh, which took its name from the Bowring family, who were lords of the manor from about 1330 to the early sixteenth century. At one time, Alvington was part of the Royal Estates;[2] the town of Kingsbridge formed around a bridge which was built in or before the 10th century between the royal estates of Alvington, to the west, and Chillington, to the east, hence giving it the name of Kyngysbrygge ("King's bridge").

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  2. ^ "History of "West Alvington"". West Alvington Parish Council. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  3. ^ Ball, F. Elrington The Judges in Ireland 1221-1921 London John Murray 1926

Coordinates: 50°16′N 3°49′W / 50.267°N 3.817°W / 50.267; -3.817