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CLYST ST. GEORGE

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"CLIST ST. GEORGE, or Clyst St. George, a scattered village and parish, 1½ miles E by N. of Topsham, and 4 miles S.E. of Exeter, has 370 inhabitants, and 1001 acres of land. It is the most southern of the six Clist parishes, in the valley of the small river Clist, or Clyst, which falls into the Exe at Topsham. J.B. Cresswell Esq., is lord of the manor, which was anciently held by the Champernownes, who had a seat here.; as also had the Sukespie, or Sokespitch family. Alex. H. Hamilton, Esq., owns the estate which belongs to the latter, and the other principal owners are J. Daw and H. Porter, Esqrs. The Church (St. George) is an ancient structure, with a tower and three bells. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £17. 16s. 8d.,and in 1831 at £350, is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. R.W. Ellicombe, M.A., who has 8A. 1R. 18p. of glebe, and a large brick residence. . . . Clyst Agricultural Association (for eighteen parishes,) has a numerous list of subscribers, and distributes early a great number of prizes for the encouragement of improvements in agriculture, and skill and industry among labourers and their families. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
Also known as Clyst Wick. A parish in East Budleigh Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter.

General information:

Biography

The Revd H T Ellacombe and his Campanological Works, by Dr J C Eisel. (Rev. Ellacombe was the incumbent at Clyst St George 1850-80.

Cemeteries

MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.
Ellacombe, H.T. The Parish of Clyst St. George, Devon. Exeter Diocesan Architectural and Archaeological Society Trans. 2nd series, vol. 1 (1867), pp. 89-158.

Census

An 1821 census of Clyst St George, giving names and ages, is to be found in the Devon Record Office (DRO 3147A/PZ 13).
Shipcott, John. Clyst St George 1821 Census.
Clyst St George Census - 1821, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D051). [Foreword]

Church History

Clyst St George - extracts from Trewman's Exeter Flying Post, photographs of the church and its plaques, information about rectors, and listings of Exeter internments, from the Old Mersey times web-site.

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1754 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Marriages in the Parish Registers going back to 1813 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): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1568-1812, and Marriages 1567-1811, 1813-1837.

Rectors of St George (1230-1933) - photograph of a wall plaque in the church from the Old Mersey times web-site.

BMDs from Clyst St George - transcribed from Trewmans Exeter Flying Post, from the Old Mersey times web-site.

Gibbs, John Lomax. The registers of Clyst St. George, Co. Devon. 1565-1812. London, Privately printed for the Parish Register Society,1899, ix, 157 pp. [Exeter Univ. Lib.] [Now available on an ArchiveCD CD-ROM, and online at the Internet Archive.]
The Deanery of Aylesbeare: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Aylesbeare, Bicton, Branscombe, Broadclyst, Clyst Honiton, Clyst St.George, Clyst St.Mary, Colaton Raleigh, East Budleigh, Farringdon, Harpford, Huxham, Littleham, Lympstone, Otterton, Ottery St. Mary, Pinhoe, Poltimore, Rockbeare, Salcombe Regis, Sidbury, Sidmouth, Sowton, Stoke Canon, Topsham, Venn Ottery, Whimple, Withycombe Raleigh and Woodbury. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850 and Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England 1844, CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2012). [Aylesbeare Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Bicton Bapt: 1813-1843, Mar: 1755-1835, Bur: 1813-1852, Bur: 1725-1845 (BTs); Branscombe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1545-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Broadclyst Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst Honiton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst St. George Bapt: 1813-1837, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst St. Mary Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1840, Bur: 1813-1837; Colaton Raleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; East Budleigh Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; East Budleigh Salem Chapel, Bur: 1832-1837; Farringdon Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1852; Glenorchy Independent Exmouth, Bur: 1784-1818; Harpford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1809-1837; Huxham Bapt: 1813-1852, Mar: 1758-1836, Bur: 1813-1864; Littleham (near Exmouth) Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Lympstone Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Otterton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Ottery St. Mary Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Pinhoe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1844, Bur: 1813-1838; Poltimore Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Rockbeare Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Salcombe Regis Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Sidbury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1830, Bur: 1813-1837; Sidmouth Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Sowton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Stoke Canon Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Topsham Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Venn Ottery Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Whimple Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Withycombe Raleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Woodbury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837.]

Gazetteers

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

Genealogy

Aldenham, Lord. Pedigree of the family of Gibbs, of Clyst St. George, Co. Devon, Aldenham, Co. Hertford, Tyntesfield, Charlton, and Barrow Court, Co. Somerset. Privately printed, 1904.
Aldenham, Henry H., Lord. Pedigree of the family of Gibbs, of Pytte in the parish of Clyst St. George. 3rd ed. London: Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1932. [16-19th c.]
Gibbs, Henry Hucks. Pedigree of the family of Gibbs of Clyst St. George, Co. Devon; Aldenham, Co. Hartford; Tyntesfield, Charlton, and Barrow Court, Co. Somerset. London: [s.n.], (1890) 51 pp.
Gibbs, Rachel. Pedigree of the Family of Gibbs of Pylte in the parish of Clyste St. George - 4th edition. [London]: [The Author] (1981) 200p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.2/GIB]
Morris, J.T. Windyer. Sokespitch of Clyst St George. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 5:1, (1908) pp.23-24. [Origins of the name]
Neill, Elizabeth. Fragile Fortunes: The Origins of a Great British Merchant Family, Ryelands Publishing (2008) 448 pp. [ISBN-10: 1906551022] [The Gibbs Family, of Clyst St. George and Topsham]
Champernons of Clyst St. George and Tywardreath: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 16, 1930-31, pp. 86-7. [14- 16th c.]

History

Ellacombe, H.T. History and Antiquities of the Parish of Clyst St George (alias Clyst Champerown) in the County of Devon. (1865) [Westcountry Studies Library]
Ellacombe, H.T. The Parish of Clyst St. George, Devon. Exeter Diocesan Architectural and Archaeological Society Trans. 2nd series, vol. 1 (1867), pp. 89-158. [Index]
Hoskins, W.G. and H.P.R. Finberg. Devonshire Studies, London, Jonathan Cape, 1952, 470 pp. (Pp. 106-119 concern Marsh Barton and the Sokespitch family.)

Probate Records

Will of Richard Pidgley (1802), transcribed by Stephen Treseder.

Schools

Howarth, D.W.B. A Short History of Lady Seaward School, Clyst St George. (1959) [Westcountry Studies Library]
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