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"FENITON, or Feynton, a small village in the Otter valley, four miles W.S.W. of Honiton, and N. by E. of Ottery St. Mary, has in its parish 315 souls and 1822 acres of land, including the small hamlets of Corscombe and Colestock. The manor was anciently held by the Malherbe family, who were seated here for thirteen generations, and had the power of beheading criminals. It now belongs to many freeholders, the largest of whom are Sir John Patteson, Knt., (who has a handsome seat here,) Sir J. Kennaway, Bart., J.P. Matthews, Esq., Mr. W. Porter, and Miss Wright. The Church, (St. Andrew,) is a plain structure, with a tower and five bells. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £16. 8s. 6 ½d., and in 1831 at £372, is in the alternate patronage of S.C. Flood, G.B. Northcote, and -- Wooley, Esqrs., and incumbency of the Rev. H.E. Head, M.A., who has a good residence and 74A. of glebe. The tithes were commuted in 1839 for £288 per annum. The poor have 4 ½A. of land, purchased with benefaction money, in 1717 and 1737, and now let for £8. The church land (3 roods,] is let for £2." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Hayridge 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

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

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1549 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 1549 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 1790-1837 - for details see their book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1549-1837, and Marriages 1550-1837.

Transcripts of the St Andrews Church Feniton Baptisms (1550-1912), Marriages (1550-1837) and Burials (1529-1949), provided by Christine Gibbins.

Wilkin (comp.), W.H. Feniton, Mss (n.d.) 24p., ill. [Includes List of Churchwardens from 1686, Trosse, Skynner pedigrees, Sir George Cary's lease 1598, etc., four early 19th century photographs (Trosse's Cot and the church), and sketch map. Loosely inserted is reprint of article on Feniton from Pulman's Weekly News, 1930] [Lesley Aitchison Catalogue 63]
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].

Description and Travel

News from the Parish Council and the Village of Feniton - the Feniton Parish Council website.


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 Christine Gibbons, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Community Family History Group which includes Baptisms, marriages & burials.)

Skinner, A.J.P. Kirkham of Feniton, Westofer of Yardbury, Colyton, and Drake of Yardbury. [Suppl. to Vivian's Visitns. Also 8, p.30, 9, p.89]. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 7:8, (1913) pp.257-267, plates: port; ill. [Kirkham Family]


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

Powell, Alan.Feniton and the Railway. Alan Powell, 15 Canterbury Close, Feniton, Devon EX14 0DN.
Watson, H.W. A Devonshire Village in the Olden Days. Trans.Dev.Assoc., vol. 21 (1929) pp. 375-399. [Lookups]
Watson, H.W. A Devonshire Village in the Olden Days. Exeter: Southwoods (1929) 40pp., plates: ill, geneal. table.

Military History

Feniton War Memorials, provided by Christine Gibbins.

Wilson, Jenny. The Battle of Fenny Bridges: Its Prelude and Afterwards. The Author (2014?) [DFHS Library p942.06]

Probate Records

Transcript of the will of Thomas Brynssemede (1546) by Christine Gibbins.


Feniton History Group blog.

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