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Archdeacon of Barnstaple

The Archdeaconry of Barnstaple or Barum is one of the oldest archdeaconries in England. It is an administrative division of the Diocese of Exeter in the Church of England.


The Diocese of Exeter was divided into four archdeaconries in Norman times, probably during the bishopric of Osbern FitzOsbern (1072–1103):[1]

In 1782, it was noted that the archdeaconry contained the deaneries of Barum (Barnstaple), Chumleigh, Hertland, Shirwell, South Molton and Torrington.[2]

The archdeaconry currently comprises the following deaneries:

List of archdeacons


  1. ^ Watkin, Hugh R., The History of Totnes Priory, Vol.2, Torquay, 1917, p.981
  2. ^ Thesaurus ecclesiasticus provincialis; or, a survey of the diocese of Exeter: printed and sold by the editors, B. Thorn and Son. Sold also by Messrs. Rivington and Sons, and T. Evans, London; Fletcher, Oxford; and Merril, Cambridge, 1782
  3. ^ Gardiner, Francis–Barnstaple: 1837–1897
  4. ^ "Sanderson, Rt. Rev Wilfrid Guy", Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2007 accessed 27 November 2012


  • Horn, Joyce M., Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300–1541 9, pp. 19–21 
  • Gribble, Joseph Besly–Memorials of Barnstaple: being an attempt to supply the want of a history of that ancient borough; 1830; pp 483–486 (Google eBook)
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