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Pilton, a parish 1-2 mile North of Barnstaple, the living a perpetual curacy, in the jurisdiction of the Precentor of the Cathedral Church of Wells, and in the patronage of ... BASSET, Esq., the church dedicated to St. Margaret, includes a handsome monument to Sir John CHICHESTER dated 1569; and a Benedictine priory, a cell to the abbey of Malmesbury, was founded here by King Athelstan; dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the prior, in 1345, obtained for Pilton the grant of a weekly market and an annual fair. An ancient hermitage is said to have been established here; and an hospital, founded in honour of St. Margaret, before 1191, is still in existence; the inmates are a prior, brother, and sister (1850). Pilton communicates with Barnstaple by a bridge over the river Yeo. (Lewis)

ca 1597 Pilton, Devonshire. Richard DOWNE, h/o Mary LOVETT, possibly born here to a John DOWNE (See Tawstock)

1608 Pilton, Devonshire Wills & Admins, 388. John COOMBE als. YALLAND (See Index to Devonshire Wills & Admins, p. 39; and see Combs-Yolland Families of Barnstaple)

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