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"BUCKERELL, a pleasant village and parish, in the Otter valley, 3 ½ miles W. by S. of Honiton, has 360 inhabitants, and 1559A. 2R. 31P. of land, belonging to W. Porter, W.M. Smythe, G.B. Northcote, and D. Davey, Esqrs., and a few smaller freeholders, the manor, anciently being held by the Pomeroys, being dismembered many years ago. Deer Park, the pleasant seat of W.M. Smythe, Esq., is on the north side of the river Otter, and was long the seat of a branch of the ancient family of Fry. Hembury Fort, the seat of Wm. Porter, Esq., is at the north end of the parish, on a commanding eminence, near the ancient entrenchment of that name . . . The Church (St. Mary,) is a plain cruciform structure, with a tower and three bells. It has a fine coloured glass window, and a richly carved screen. Among its monuments is one in memory of the late Admiral Graves, who died at Hembury Fort, in 1787. The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £10. 0s. 2½d., and in 1831 at £120, is in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter, who are also appropriators of the rectorial glebe (58A.,) and the great tithes, now leased to G.B. Northcote, Esq. The Rev. E.E. Coleridge, B.A., is the incumbent, and has 3A. 1R. 8P. of glebe and a good residence, which he has recently much improved. Here is a National School, built in 1830, and supported by the landowners." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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


MIs for this parish are included in the Incledon index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.

Church History

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

Harris, A.Wolsey. Buckerell: the church of St. Mary and St. Giles (1947) 8p: ill, folded plan. [Westcountry Studies Library - 726.5/BUC/HAR]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1650 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1650 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1837 - for details see their book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1650-1850, and Marriages 1654-1837.

Seating Plan at Buckerell Church. Devon Family Historian 39 (1986) pp.28-29.
An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Bradninch, Broadhembury, Buckerell, Butterleigh, Clyst Hydon, Clyst St. Lawrence, Cullompton, Feniton, Kentisbeare, Payhembury, Plymtree, Rewe, Silverton and Talaton. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850 and Kelly's Directory of Devonshire 1902. CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2009). [Bradninch Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Broadhembury Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Buckerell Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1841; Butterleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst Hydon Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1790-1837; Clyst St. Lawrence Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1814-1851; Cullompton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Feniton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1790-1837; Kentisbeare Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1839, Bur: 1813-1837; Payhembury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1800-1837; Plymtree Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1541-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Rewe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1780-1837; Silverton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Talaton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1836, Bur: 1800-1837].


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


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

Land and Property

Spreadsheet transcription of the Tithe Apportionments.

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