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"COTLEIGH is a small parish and village 3 miles north-east-by-east from Honiton station on the London and South Western railway, and 7 north-west from Axminster, in the Eastern division of the county, Colyton hundred, Honiton union, county court district and petty sessional division, rural deanery of Dunkeswell and Honiton and archdeaconry and diocese of Exeter. The church of St. Michael is a building of flint and stone in the Early Decorated style . . . the church was restored in 1867, partly from funds furnished by Hobbs's charity: the chancel was rebuilt by the late rector: there are sittings for 130 persons. The registers date from 1611, but are very deficient at that period and for some time subsequently. The living is a rectory, net yearly value £188, including 28 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of Louisa Lady Ashburton, and held since 1882 by the Rev. John Hawker M.A. of Balliol College, Oxford. Here is a chapel for Bible Christians, erected in 1890. . . . The principal landowners are the Marquess of Northampton, who is lord of the manor, and the Misses Outhwaite, of Rougemont, Exeter. The soil is clayey; the subsoil is marl and gravel. The chief crops are wheat, barley and oats. The acreage is 1,270; rateable value, £1,363; the population in 1901 was 186." [From: Kelly's Directory of Devonshire, 1902]
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A parish in Colyton Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter.
Cotleigh - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).
Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1653, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1608, 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 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837 - for details see their book list.
Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1608-163, 1653-1837, and Marriages 1609, 1625, 1663-1837. (These entries are based in part on Bishops' Transcripts.)
Cotleigh: Transcripts of parish registers and Bishop's transcripts, 1608-1837, LDS Film 0917181/1-2.
The Deanery of Honiton: CD-ROM CD041, Exeter, Devon FHS (2013). [Axminster Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Axmouth Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1603-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Chardstock Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Colyton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1538-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Combpyne Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1757-1836, Bur: 1796-1847; Cotleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Dalwood Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Farway Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Gittisham Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1800-1837; Hawkchurch Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Honiton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Honiton Ind, Bur: 1774-1837; Kilmington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Membury Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Monkton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1814-1842; Musbury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Northleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Offwell Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Seaton & Beer Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1839, Bur: 1813-1837; Shute Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Southleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Stockland Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1640-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Thorncombe Bapt: 1813-1837, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1841; Uplyme Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; Wambrook Bapt: 1813-1904, Mar: 1754-1836; Widworthy Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1954, Bur: 1790-1837.]
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 Richard Farmer, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Limited.)
General historical and descriptive information, area map from 1765, details about administrative boundaries, etc., about Cotleigh from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.
Land tax assessment for Cotleigh, 1780-1832, LDS Film 1471060/6.
Cotleigh contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.
Hoskins, W.G. Extracts from the lay subsidy rolls...for the parishes of Luppitt [1591, 1660], Cotleigh , Monkton , Shute , Northleigh , Farway  and lists of the inhabitants of the precinct of Bradninch in Exeter, 1708, 1732, 1752, Manuscript (1935). [D&CRS Library, Exeter: P1660]
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