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"COLYTON RAWLEIGH, or COLATON RALEIGH, a straggling village, on the west side of the Otter valley, 11 miles E. by S. of Exeter, and 3 ½ miles W. of Sidmouth, has in its parish 841 souls and 3331 acres of land, rising boldly from the valley, and including the small hamlets of Bystock, Blackbury, Great Grindle, Hawkerland, Kingston, Stoneyford, and Stowford, extending from 1 to 3 miles N. and W. of the village. The manor of Colyton was conveyed by the heiress of the Chiltons to the Raleighs, in the reign of Henry III. The latter held it till the 16th century, and it afterwards passed to the Dukes, and from them to the Rolles. The Trustees of the late Lord Rolle now own a great part of the parish. The other principal proprietor of the parish is Edward Divett, Esq., M.P. of BYSTOCK, a large and elegant white mansion, . . . The Dean of Exeter has a rectorial manor, and is impropriator of the great tithes, and patron of the vicarage, valued in K.B. at £16. 4s. 9 ½d., and in 1831 at £401. The Rev. Noel Lowe is the vicar, and has a pleasant residence and 42A. of glebe. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in East Budleigh Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter. The modern parish of Woodbury Salterton (1845) was formed partly from Colaton Raleigh and partly from Woodbury. Part of the Otter Valley area.


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


Transcription of the 1841 Census, provided by Ros Hickman.

Church History

Child, Mark. A visitor's guide to the Church of St John the Baptist, Colaton Raleigh, Devon. [Swindon] [40 Ashbury Ave., Nythe, Swindon SN3 3LY]: [M. Child], 1974, [8] pp. ISBN: 0950367400.

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1673 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): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).

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.]


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 Ros Hickman, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Baptisms 1673-1842; Marriages 1673-1837; Burials 1673-1871; All census returns to 1891.)

Skinner, Douglas. Synergy at Tree House, Devon Family Historian, vol. 141, (2012) pp.9-10. [On Skinner family in Colaton Raleigh, and Admiral Richards of Silverton]
Skinner, Douglas. An Ilustrated History of the Skinner Family, Vol 2a: The Skinners as Thatchers. [DFHS Library 929.2/SKI] [Descent from James Skinner b1783]
Skinner, Douglas. Win Some Lose Some, Devon Family Historian, vol. 132, (2009) pp.22-23. [On the Skinners of Colaton Raleigh and North America]


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

Iliffe, C.E. A history of the parish church of Woodbury Salterton and its parsons & parishioners. [Woodbury Salt.]: [The Church] [1987]24p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - p726.5/WOO/ILI]
The lower Otter valley: sketches on local history, Budleigh, Otter Valley Assoc. (1984) 104p: ill,maps. [ISBN 0950753416]

Military History

Colaton Raleigh Roll of Honour, provided by Roz Hickman.

Probate Records

Schlomberg, A. Dugdale. Miscellanea Genealogia et Heraldica 4th series 3 (1910) pp.105. [Administration of William Dugdale of Colyton Raleigh, 1708.]


The Otter Valley Association has an extensive web-site providing much genealogical and historical material.


Lay Subsidy Roll for 1332, provided by Roz Hickman.

Lay Subsidy Roll for 1524, provided by Roz Hickman.

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