Budleigh Salterton, Devon Family History Guide

Budleigh Salterton is a chapelry of East Budleigh Ancient Parish in Devon.

Other places in the parish include: Knowle.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1856

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Budleigh Salterton

  • Otterton
  • Littleham cum Exmouth
  • East Budleigh

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BUDLEIGH-SALTERTON, a village in East Budleigh parish, Devon; on the coast, immediately west of the mouth of the Otter, 2¼ miles S of East Budleigh. It has a post office under Exeter, hotels, and many respectable lodging-houses; was, not long ago, an obscure fishing hamlet; and is now a fashionable watering-place.

It occupies a dell, running obliquely to the shore; looks warm and luxuriant; and commands rich means of comfort and recreation. Coleridge says of the Otter in its neighbourhood,

Mine eyes
I never shut amid the sunny ray,
But straight with all their tints the waters rise;
Thy crossing plank, thy marge with willows gray,
And bedded sand that, veined with various dyes,
Gleamed through thy bright transparence.

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

Universal British Directory 1791

Budley is situated near the mouth of the river Otter. It is a very small place, but has a weekly market, which is holden on Monday.

Tidwell is in Budley parish. Here is a pond, or pool, fed by springs, that are continually bubbling up, and so warm, that, when all the neighbouring springs are frozen, these are not.

Source: Universal British Directory 1791

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