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Merton is located within Torridge local authority area. Historically it formed part of Shebbear Hundred. It falls within Torrington Deanery for ecclesiastical purposes. The Deaneries are used to arrange the typescript Church Notes of B.F.Cresswell which are held in the Westcountry Studies Library. The population was 689 in 1801 507 in 1901 . Figures for other years are available on the local studies website. In 1641/2 133 adult males signed the Protestation returns. A parish history file is held in Torrington Library. You can look for other material on the community by using the place search on the main local studies database. Further historical information is also available on the Genuki website

Extract from Devon by W.G.Hoskins (1954), included by kind permission of the copyright holder:~
MERTON village is unexciting; and the church of All Saints was grossly over-restored at great cost in 1875. Only the bold W. tower and the lofty N. arcade of granite (both 15th century) remain of the old building.

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