Bicton, Devon Family History Guide

Bicton is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Other places in the parish include: Yettington.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1557

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Bicton

  • Colaton Raleigh
  • Otterton
  • Lympstone
  • East Budleigh
  • Woodbury with Exton

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BICTON, a parish in St. Thomas district, Devon; on the river Otter, near the coast, 4 miles WSW of Sidmouth, and 7 ½ S by E of Whimple r. station. It includes the hamlet of Yettington; and its Post Town is Budleigh-Salterton, under Exeter. Acres, 1,294. Real property, £2,114. Pop., 166. Houses, 34. The property all belongs to the Hon. Mark Rolle, son of Lord Clinton. The manor was given by William the Conqueror to W. Porto; went through various families to Sir Robert Dennys; and passed, by marriage, to Sir Henry Rolle, the ancestor of Lord Rolle. Bicton House, the family seat, is an elegant mansion, in one of the finest parks in England. The gardens were noted by the late Mr. Loudon as among the best he had ever seen; an arboretum in the park is one of the choicest and largest in the kingdom; and there is a noble avenue of auracaria, oak, and beech. The jail for the county was provided in terms of the tenure of the estate; and stood in the parish till 1518. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £220. Patrons, the Heirs of Lord Rolle. The church is a handsome edifice, recently erected by Lady Rolle. The previous church was a curious old structure; and part of it is now a mausoleum, connected by a cloister with the ancient tower.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Bicton, 4 miles S. E. Topsham. P. 198

Source: Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850


Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Yettington, a hamlet, in the parish of Bicton, union of St. Thomas, hundred of East Budleigh, Woodbury and S. divisions of Devon ; containing 137 inhabitants.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV

Parish Records

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Historical Newspapers

Western Morning News

Western Times

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette

North Devon Journal

Express and Echo


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Devon
  • Civil Registration District: St Thomas
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Exeter
  • Diocese: Exeter
  • Rural Deanery: Aylesbeare
  • Poor Law Union: St Thomas
  • Hundred: East Budleigh
  • Province: Canterbury