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"BAMPTON is a small ancient market town, chiefly built of stone, in the deep valley of the small river Batherm, about a mile above its confluence with the Exe, 6½ miles N. of Tiverton, and 9 miles S.W. of Wivelscombe. Its parish contains 2049 inhabitants, and 7785 acres of land, divided into the Eastern, Western, Petton, and Town Quarters, and comprising the hamlets of PETTON and SHILLINGFORD; many scattered farm-houses, &c., and several extensive limestone quarries. . . . The sheep bred in this neighbourhood are remarkable for their size, and great numbers of them are sold at Bampton fairs. The woollen trade was formerly carried on here, but it began to decline in 1772, and was given up many years ago. . . . John Collins, Esq., who is about to erect a mansion at Wonham, is now lord of the manor; and at the court leet, a portreeve, bailiff, &c., are appointed; but the parish is all freehold, and belongs to many other proprietors, the largest of whom are, S.T. Lucas, Esq., C. Rowliffe, Esq., Dr. Troyte, the Trustees of the late Lord Rolle, Thos. Daniel, Esq., H. and R. Badcock, Esqrs., M.B. Bere, Esq., the Nutcombe family, and J. Brown, Esq. Hy. Badcock has a pleasant seat here, called Combhead. The Church (St. Michael) is a large ancient structure, with a tower and six bells. . . . Petton Chapel, about four miles N.E. of the town, is a small chapel of ease, which was built in 1847; but that at Shillingford has been delapidated many years. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Bampton Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter.


Luxton, Brian C. Thomas Luxton (1824-1893) of Petton, Devon and Palmyra, Ontario, Devon Family Historian, vol. 124, (2007) pp.15-17.


A comprehensive survey of all the gravestones in the churchyard of St Michael & All Angels, Bampton.

Russ Davies has provided a large number of zoomable photographs of graves in the St. Michael and All Angels Churchyard, on the Find A Grave website.


Bampton Births 1814-1833, compiled from the 1841 and 1851 census records, by Russ Davies.

Bampton strays to Wales, compiled from the 1851-1901 census returns, by Russ Davies.

Census entries allegedly for "Brampton, Devon" and "Bampton, Somerset" which may in fact relate to Bampton, Devon.

Church History

Bampton - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).

Francis, T.J. The Religious History of the Parish of Bampton, Devon, Fort Press (2001). [ISBN 0 9535674 1 9] [Incumbents] [Churchwardens] [Baptist ministers]
M., R.B. and Chalk, E.S. Petton, near Bampton, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, vol. 13, no. 5, (1925) pp.211. [St Petroc's chapel 1368, rebuilt 1848. See also vol.13, p.160]
Odell, Ralph. Petton Chapel Centenary 1901-2001, (2001). [DFHS Library p942.35/PET]
Watkin, Hugh R. Petton, near Bampton, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, vol. 13, no. 5, (1925) pp.211-213. [Petton Chapel - from cartulary of Torre Abbey. See also vol.13, p.160]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1653 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838 - for details see their book list.

Petton is a chapel in this parish with separate registers after 1701, but without separate BT's. Transcripts of these registers are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Petton Chapel Christenings 1701-1837, Marriages 1701-1750, High Street Baptist Chapel Christenings 1807-1837.

Transcripts of Bampton Baptisms 1653-1749, Baptisms 1750-1849, Baptisms 1850-1879, Baptisms 1880-1932, Marriages 1698-1754, Burials 1653-1779 and Burials 1780-1937 by Russ Davies.

Transcript of Bampton Deaths 1813-1867 extracted from newspapers, by Russ Davies.

Granville, Roger & Mugford, W.E. (eds.) Bampton, 1609-1617. Abstracts of the Existing Transcripts of the Lost Parish-Registers of Devon, 1596-1644, and short notes on the extant pre-reformation registers of all the parishes in the county, from particulars furnished by the several incumbents thereof. Vol. 1 A-Bra. Exeter: W. Pollard (1908). [Full text]
Bampton and Petton Chapel Burials, 1813-1838. [Devon]: Devon Family History Society (2001).
Baptisms from Bishops Transcripts: Bampton 1813-1838. [Devon]: Devon Family History Society (2013).

Court Records

Register of Freeholders - Axminster, Bampton & Black Torrington c1816, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D125). [Foreword]

Description and Travel

The Bampton web-site: Bampton in Bloom.

Conservation Area Appraisal for Bampton - an interesting account of the area, with numerous photographs and maps.

Bampton: the official guide, Croydon, Home Publishing Co. (1949) iii, 20p: ill, maps. [Westcountry Studies Library: pB/BAM/1949/BAM]


Transcript of the entry in Pigot's Devonshire Directory of 1844.


The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.


The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Russ Davies, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Baptisms 1699-1733, 1780-1812, 1844-1901; and Burials 1699-1733, 1780-1812 and 1867-1901.)

The Bampton local historian, Tom McManamon is compiling a significant database of local names associated with Bampton's history. You can contact him via email at

Geare, Ralph Holwell. Holwells of Bampton, Tiverton, Sampford Peverell and Bradninch. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 26, 1954-55, pp. 8-10.
Hodge, Rosalind. A Tale of Two Richards, Devon Family Historian, vol. 145, (2013) p.11. [Richard Blake of Winsford (d. 1842), and his stepson Richard Blake of Bampton.]
The Painels of Bampton, Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset 17, 1923, pp. 201-04, 246-47, & 287-90.


General historical and descriptive information, area map from 1765, details about administrative boundaries, etc., about Bampton from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.

History pages of the Bampton in Devon website.

Old photographs of Bampton, provided by Adrienne Besley.

Portrait of Bampton, Devon, in the Eighteenth Century by Tom McManamon, provided by the Friends of Devon Archives.

Collier-Lovell, Frances. Bampton Fair - and a Little Bit More. Frances Collier-Lovell (2007) 128 pp. [ISBN 1-4251-3319-3]
Francis, T.J. A Short History of Bampton, Devon. [Bampton]: T.J.Francis (1995) 28p. [ISBN ISBN 0 9535674 00] [Westcountry Studies Library]
Francis, T.J. The industrial heritage of Bampton, Devon: roads, the mail, quarries, leatherworking, sheep & the wool trade, markets & fairs. Tiverton: Fort Press, (2006) 52pp. [ISBN 09953567427] [Subject Index]
Francis, T.J. A New Short History of Bampton, Devon. [Bampton]: Fort Press (2007) 28p. [ISBN 978 0 9535674 5 4] [Rev. ed. of Francis (1995)]
Francis, T.J. Roman to 17th Century Bampton, Devon; including the Romans, Saxon and Norman Occupations, the Knights Templar, the Roman Fort, Bampton Castle, and the Borough of Bampton. Tiverton: Fort Press, (2008.) 52pp. [ISBN 978-0-9535674-3-0] [Name Listings] [Details]
Reichel, Oswald J. The "Domesday" hundreds of Devon: VII. and VIII. The Hundreds of Bampton and Ufculm, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 30, (1898) pp.434-457. [Index]
The Book of Bampton (Halsgrove Community History Series), Halsgrove House, Lower Moor Way, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6SS, UK, Halsgrove Publishing (1998) [ISBN 1-85522-646-6] [Index]

Military History

Great War Roll of Honour, transcribed by Tom McManamon.

Names, Personal

Persons named in Bampton Churchwardens' Accounts (1712-1810), provided by Tom McManamon.

Name Listings from Roman to 17th Century Bampton, Devon (Lay Subsidy Roll 1332, Muster Roll 1539, Tax Returns 1524 and 1543, Protestation Return 1641).

Names of Cloth and Leather Trade Workers, from The industrial heritage of Bampton.

Probate Records

Wills of Daniel Badcock (1838), William Baker (1829), Richard Bowden (1803), Sarah Branscombe (1846), John Cherry (1827), William Cleeve (1838), George Davey (1825), Maria Davey (1857), James Edbrook (1852), Elizabeth Escott (1850), John Escott (1849), Thomas Greenslade Escott (1854), Robert Henry Farrant (1848), Thomas Farrant (1848), Susan Gale (1857), William Hawkins (1843), John Hill (1830), William Hill (1837), Thomas Langdon (1855), Thomas Luxton (1817), John Merson (1842), John Surridge (1846), William Trickey (1848) and Thomas Wood (1784), transcribed by Russ Davies.

Wills of William Merson (1839) and Betty Merson (1843), transcribed by Martha Merson Frost.

Wills of Richard Ford Gibbings (1851), transcribed by Diana Ingram.

Will of Jane Blackmore (1658), transcribed by Elizabeth Kipp.

Will of George Venman (1650), transcribed by Ros Dunning.

Baker, J. Bampton. Devon Family Historian 39 (1986) p.25. [Will of Elizabeth Crudge of Bampton.]


The Bampton Society - "a civic society dedicated to the conservation of Bampton".


Bampton Hundred: Hearth Tax 1662-4, and Hearth Tax 1674 transcribed by Mark Brewer

Howard, A.J. Lay subsidy roll: county of Devon 1524: Halberton hundred ...Bampton hundred...West Budleigh hundred...Hayridge hundred...Tiverton hundred, Typescript (1968). [D&CRS Library, Exeter: P1524]
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