Colyton Devon Family History Guide

Colyton is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Devon. Monkton and Shute are chapelries of Colyton.

Other places in the parish include: Colyford.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1609

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Presbyterian Unitarian, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Southleigh
  • Shute
  • Musbury
  • Seaton
  • Beer
  • Northleigh
  • Branscombe
  • Salcombe Regis
  • Farway
  • Offwell
  • Widworthy
  • Axmouth

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

COLYTON, a small town, a parish, a sub-district, and a hundred in Devon. The town stands on the river Coly, near the Yeovil and Exeter railway, 5 miles SW of Axminster; is irregularly built; consists chiefly of very ancient houses; is a seat of petty sessions; and has a post office under Axminster, a station on the railway, two chief inns, a parish church, three dissenting chapels, and a free school. The church is later English; Comprises nave, aisles, and chancel; has an interesting eastern window of stained glass; and contains monuments of the Courtenays, the Poles, the Yonges, and others. A small weekly market is held on Thursday; and fairs on the first Wednesday of May and 30 Nov. Manufactures of paper and of pillow-lace are carried on. A royal force, while holding the town in the wars of Charles I., was attacked and defeated at it by a detachment of the parliamentarians from Lyme. The parish includes also the tything of Colyford. Acres, 7, 196. Real property, £12,741. Pop., 2,446. Houses, 503. The property is divided among a few. The Courtenays and the Poles were seated at Colcombe Castle; and the Yonges, at Colyton Great House. See Colcombe. The living is a vicarage, united with the p. curacy of Monkton, in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £403. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. Charities, £238. The sub-district is in Axminster district; and contains five parishes and an extra-parochial tract. Acres, 19,856. Pop., 6,190. Houses, 1,281. The hundred contains eleven parishes. Acres, 28,487. Pop., 7,810. Houses, 1,630.

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

Parish Records

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Birth Marriage and Death Records

England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887

England, Devon and Cornwall Marriages, 1660-1912

England, Devon, Parish Registers, 1538-1912


County: Devon
Civil Registration District: Axminster
Probate Court: Court of the Peculiars of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter
Diocese: Exeter
Rural Deanery: Pre-1848 - None, Post-1847 - Honiton
Poor Law Union: Axminster
Hundred: Colyton
Province: Canterbury