Woodbury with Exton Devon Family History Guide

Woodbury with Exton is an Ancient Parish in the county of Devon.

Other places in the parish include: Exton and Gulliford.

Alternative names: Salterton, Woodbury

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1557
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1610

Nonconformists include: Plymouth Brethren, Presbyterian, Protestant Dissenters, and Unitarian.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Bicton
  • Tipton
  • Colaton Raleigh
  • Topsham
  • Farringdon
  • Lympstone
  • Ottery St Mary
  • Exminster
  • Aylesbeare
  • Rockbeare
  • Powderham
  • Kenton
  • Clyst St George
  • Clyst St Mary
  • Salterton

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WOODBURY, a village, a parish, and a sub district, in St. Thomas district, Devon. The village stands 2 miles ENE of Woodbury-Road r. station, and 3 ESE of Topsham; was once a market-town; is now a seat of petty-sessions; and has a post-office under Exeter, an inn, and a fair on 3 May. The parish includes six hamlets, and most of Woodbury-Salterton chapelry; and extends to the river Exe. Acres, 7,804; of which 500 are water. Real property, £9,869. Pop., 1,966. Houses, 411. The manor belongs to the Hon. Mark Rolle. There are many fine residences. Nutwell Court was a castle till about the time of Edward IV., and was then converted into a handsome mansion by Lord Dinham. An ancient camp, successively British, Roman, Saxon, and Danish, is on W. Common; and a considerable camp, with a park of artillery, was there , to resist the threatened French invasion, in 1798 and 1803. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £177. Patrons, the Vicars Choral of E. The church is ancient. The curacy of W.-Salterton is a separate benefice. There are a free church, a Unitarian chapel, an endowed school, a national school, and charities £51. The sub-district contains 4 parishes. Acres, 15,142. Pop., 3,916. Houses, 811.

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, Court of the Peculiar of the Custos and College of Vicars Choral in Exeter
Diocese: Exeter
Rural Deanery: Pre-1848 - None, Post-1847 - Aylesbeare
Poor Law Union: St Thomas
Hundred: East Budleigh
Province: Canterbury