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

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

FamilySearch – Birth Marriage & Death Census Migration & Naturalization Military Probate & Court


England, Devon Bishop’s Transcripts, 1558-1887

England, Devon and Cornwall Marriages, 1660-1912

England, Devon, Parish Registers, 1538-1912

England, Devon, Plymouth Prison Records, 1821-1919

Exeter Marriage Licenses 1523-1631

Exeter Burial Records

Devon Cemetery Photos

South Hams Memorial Inscriptions

Appledore Burials 1844-1970

Devon Calendars of Prisoners

Devon Convicts Transported to Australia 1782-1821

Records for England

Births and Baptism Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Marriage Records

England Marriages, 1538–1973

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Death Records

England Death Records, 1998-2015

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660

Non-Conformist Records

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977


England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales Census, 1911


United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

War and Conflict

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners’ Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

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United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

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Newspaper Archives

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  • 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

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