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"BUTTERLEIGH is a small village and parish, 3 miles S.S.E. of Tiverton, containing only 155 souls, and 2479 acres of land, rising boldly from a tributary of the river Exe. The manor was held for a long period by the Pulleyn and Courtenay families, the latter of whom sold it in 1600 to Sir Simon Leach. It was afterwards dismembered, and now belongs to Wm. Hole, Esq., George Barne, Esq., Mr. John Pitt, and a few smaller freeholders. The Church is a plain antique fabric, with a tower and three bells. . . . The rectory, valued in K.B. at £10. 8s. 6d., and in 1831 at £180, is in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor, and incumbency of the Rev. John Pike Jones, vicar of Alveton, Staffordshire, for whom the Rev. M. Thorne, M.A. officiates. The Parsonage is a neat residence in a picturesque valley, and the glebe is 58A. 2R. 26P. The tithes were commuted in 1837 for £95 per annum. The poor have 28s. a year out of Butterleigh mills, left by Robert Winn, in 1800." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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


Brushfield, T.N. Rev. John Pike Jones. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 4:3, (1906) pp.91-93. [Supplementary to vol.3, p.193, par.145.] [Historian 1793-1857] [Index]
Hughes, T.Cann. Rev. John Pike Jones. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 3:6, (1905) pp.193-195, plates: port. [Local Historian 1793-1857] [Index]


Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]

Church History

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

Neusinger, Jill. A History of St Matthews Church Butterleigh. The Author (2001) 32 pp. [DFHS Library p942.35/BUT]
Some notes on the parish church of Butterleigh. [Butterleigh?]: [The Church?] (1933) [8]p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - p726.5/BUT/SOM]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1698 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 1698, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1624, 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 1624-1837, and Marriages 1624-1631, 1664-1672, 1685-1837.

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.

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

Military History

The War Memorial 1914-18 and War Memorial 1939-45 inside Butterleigh Church, transcribed by John Williams.

Last updated: 13 Jul 2015 - Brian Randell

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