Talaton is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Places in Talaton parish include: Fairmile

Parish church: St. James

Parish registers begin: 1621

Nonconformists include: Presbyterian

Parishes adjacent to Talaton

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

TALATON, a parish, with a village, in Honiton district, Devon; on the London, Yeovil, and Exeter railway, between Ottery-Road and Whimple r. stations. Post town, Ottery-St. Mary, under Exeter. Acres, 2,365. Real property, £3,306. Pop., 437. Houses, 93. The manor, with Escott house , belongs to Sir J. Kenaway, Bart. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £518. Patron, the Rev. L. P. Welland. The church was restored in 1860. Part of Escott chapelry is within the limits. There are a national school, and charities £18. Bishop Sprat, who died in 1713, was a native.

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

Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Talaton (St. James), a parish, in the union of Honiton, hundred of Hayridge, Cullompton and N. divisions of Devon, 3 miles (N. W. by N.) from St. Mary Ottery; containing 462 inhabitants. The parish comprises about 2100 acres, of which 87 are common : the London and Exeter road runs through it. Escott House, here, which was destroyed by fire in 1808, was erected in the reign of James II., and several of the men employed in the work were tried by Judge Jefferies, and sentenced to be hanged in this parish, for having joined in the rebellion of the Duke of Monmonth. George III., and three of the princesses, were entertained in the mansion by Sir George Young, Bart., on the 14th of August, 178O. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £32. 3. 1½., and in the gift of the incumbent, the Rev. R. P. Welland: the tithes have been commuted for £333; there is a parsonage-house, and the glebe contains 62 acres. The church is in the later English style, with a very hand-some tower, and contains several canopied niches having figures of saints, and a beautiful wooden screen, with a flight of stone steps leading to a rood-loft. A church was erected at Escott, by Sir J. Kennaway, at an expense of more than £2000, and consecrated on the 8th of May, 1840; the east and west windows, of large dimensions, are embellished with painted glass. Dr. Thomas Sprat, Bishop of Rochester, an historian and poet, was born here in 1636, when his father was rector; and Southcote, situated within the limits of the parish, was the occasional residence of Sir William Pole, the antiquary.

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.


Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Fairmile, a hamlet in Ottery-St. Mary and Tallaton parishes, Devon; 1¾ mile NE by N of Ottery-St. Mary. It has a country hotel, and commands a fine distant view of Dartmoor.

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

Parish Records


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)

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

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

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

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

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries


  • County: Devon
  • Civil Registration District: Honiton
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Exeter
  • Diocese: Exeter
  • Rural Deanery: Plymtree
  • Poor Law Union: Honiton
  • Hundred: Hayridge
  • Province: Canterbury

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