Otterton Devon Family History Guide

Otterton is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Other places in the parish include: Pitson, Pinn, Passaford, and Northmost Town.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1559
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1609

Nonconformists include: Christians, Plymouth Brethren, Presbyterian, and Wesleyan Methodist. 

Adjacent Parishes

  • Bicton
  • Dotton
  • Newton Poppleford
  • Colaton Raleigh
  • Harpford
  • Sidmouth
  • East Budleigh
  • Budleigh Salterton

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

OTTERTON, a village and a parish in St. Thomas district, Devon. The village stands on the descent of a fine elevation, adjacent to the river Otter, 2 miles N of the river's mouth, near a railway in course of formation in 1867 past Ottery, St. Mary to Sidmouth and Salterton, and 3½ miles S W by W of Sidmouth; is a place of great antiquity; consists chiefly of one long street of thatched houses; carries on the manufacture of pillow-lace; and has a post-office under Budleigh-Salterton, and fairs on Easter Wednesday and the Wednesday after Michaelmas. The parish contains also Northmost-Town, Passaford, Pinn, and Pitson; and extends to the sea. Acres, 3,479; of which 45 are water. Real property, £5,123. Pop. in 1851, 1,231; in 1861, 1,140. Houses, 232. The manor and most of the land belong to the trustees of the late Lord Rolle. A Black priory was founded here, by King John; was attached, along with the manor, to the abbey of Mont St. Michel, on the coast of Normandy; passed, at the suppression of alien monasteries, to Sion abbey; and has left remains connected with the parish church. An ancient nunnery stood at Otterton House. The land comprises a grand sweep of swells and valley; and terminates, at the coast, in lofty cliffs. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £336. Patrons, the Heirs of Lord Rolle. The church is a venerable edifice; was partly restored by the late Lord Rolle; consists of nave, N aisle, chancel, and chantry-chapel, with fine embattled tower; and stands on a rising-ground at the S W end of the village, commanding extensive and beautiful views. There are a national school and charities £15.

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

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

England Marriages, 1538–1973 

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

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


Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

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

Grave Indexes

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Migration and Naturalisation Records

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Newspaper Archives

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British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries

Census Records

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 National Register, 1939

Probate and Court Records

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

Military Records

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

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

United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

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

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920


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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