Exminster Devon Family History Guide

Exminster is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1562
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1613

Nonconformists include: Plymouth Brethren

Adjacent Parishes

  • Dunchideock
  • Trusham
  • Dunsford
  • Shillingford St George
  • Chudleigh
  • Topsham
  • Kenn
  • Woodbury with Exton
  • Wear
  • Powderham
  • Ashton
  • Ide
  • Alphington

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

EXMINSTER, a village, a parish, and a hundred in Devon. The village stands on a pleasant spot adjacent to the river Exe and the South Devon railway, 3½ mile SSE of Exeter; and has a station on the railway, a post office under Exeter, and a fair on the first Thursday of May. The parish includes the village, and is in the district of St. Thomas. Acres, 5,817; of which 370 are water. Real property, £9,093. Pop., 1,781. Houses, 231. The manor belonged to the Courtenays, Earls of Devon; and had formerly a very large manor-house, in which Archbishop Courtenay was born. The lords of the manor now are the Earl of Devon and Sir Lawrence Palk, Bart. The principal residences are Peamore and Kenbury; the seats of respectively the Kekewiches and the Stoweys. The Devon county lunatic asylum stands here on a plot of 50 acres; occupies an elevated position, on a declivity 140 feet above the surrounding level; was opened in 1846; and cost, inclusive of the land, £65,000. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, 300. Patrons, the Governors of Crediton Church Corporation Trust. The church is ancient; consists of nave, chancel, and S aisle, with western tower; and contains an ancient carved oak screen, and several handsome monuments. There is a Wesleyan chapel. An endowed school has £30; and other charities £43. The hundred contains seventeen parishes. Acres, 48,250. Pop. in 1851, 19,698: in 1861, 20,389. Houses, 3,995.

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: St Thomas
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Exeter
Diocese: Exeter
Rural Deanery: Kenn
Poor Law Union: St Thomas
Hundred: Exminster
Province: Canterbury