A Guide to Ilfracombe, Devon

A Guide To Ilfracombe, And The Neighbouring Towns, Comprehending A General Sketch Of The History & Objects Most Worthy Of Remark In That Part Of The North Of Devon

The following pages, respectfully addressed to the inhabitants of Ilfracombe, and its numerous visitors, are intended to assist in the recollection of, or form a guide to, the different objects most worthy of observation in the neighbourhood. They will provide to the genealogist a picturesque view of a small town in Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe, Ilfridcombe, Alfrincombe, is in the hundred of Braunton, situated on the North Coast of Devon, and derives the latter portion of its name from the British word Kum, signifying a Valley. This Manor, in Edward the Confessor's days, was in the tenure of one Robert, and guilded at the rate of one hide and one farding of land, and at the time of Henry the Second, it belonged to the Lady Roise, wife of Sir Henry Champernon, knight, whose descendant, Richard, was progenitor of the Champernons of Modbury, in the South of Devon.

In Bishop Bronescombe's Register, fol. 49, the parish is called Hilfrincombe.

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