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"IDE, a neat and pleasant village, in a picturesque village, 2 miles S.S.W. of Exeter, has in its parish 795 souls, and 1408A. 3R. 17P. of fertile land, mostly the property of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter, who are lords of the manor, appropriators of the rectory, and patrons of the perpetual curacy, which was valued in 1831 at £180 per annum, and is now held by the Rev. J.J. Erle, LL.B., who has a neat thatched residence, and 2A. of glebe. The great tithes were commuted in 1840 for £180, and the small tithes for £170 per annum, The Church (St. Ida,) was rebuilt in 1834, at the cost of about £1300, and has 550 sittings, of which 300 are free. It is a neat cemented structure, with a tower and four bells. Those beautiful and romantic grounds called Fordlands, which are often visited by pleasure parties from Exeter, are in this parish, . . . They are the property of J.H.W. Abbott, Esq. Here is a school, partly supported by subscription; and the poor parishioners have two yearly rent-charges, viz., 20s. out of a field at Lower Whiddon, left by Peter Balle, in 1648; and £2. 12s., left by Wm. Smith, out of three houses at Exeter." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Exminster Hundred, and a Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter.


MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.
Cresswell, B.F. Notes on the Churches of the Deanery of Kenn, Devon, (1912). [Extracts]


Transcriptions of the 1841 Census for Ide: Enumeration District 16 and Enumeration District 17, by Sue Froud.

Church History

Garnsworthy, David. The Parish Church of St Ida, Ide, (2002).
Scanes, J. Ide Church, (1934) 24 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library 726.5/IDE/SCA]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1591 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 1590 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection.

Transcriptions of Ide baptisms (15th February 1735 to 26th March 1843), marriage banns (1754-1823), marriages (14th June 1734 to 3rd April 1837), and burials (December 1736 to 24th February 1856), by Susan Froud.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

Christenings and marriages (1590-1609, 1653-1736, 1810-1811) have been entered into the IGI.
An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Alphington, Ashcombe, Bishopsteignton, Chudleigh, Combeinteignhead, Dawlish, Dunchideock, East Ogwell, East Teignmouth, Exminster, Haccombe, Ide, Kenn, Kenton, Mamhead, Powderham, Shaldon, Shillingford St. George, Starcross, Stokeinteignhead, St. Thomas the Apostle (by Exeter), Trusham, West Ogwell and West Teignmouth. Includes Chudleigh United Reformed Church and East Teignmouth Zion Independent Chapel Burials. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Directory (1850) and Kelly's Directory of Devonshire (1902), CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2015). [Alphington Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1812-1837; Ashcombe Bapt: 1813-1841 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1783-1837; Bishopsteignton Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Chudleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Chudleigh United Reformed Chapel Bur: 1834-1836; Combeinteignhead Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1800-1837; Dawlish Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Dunchideock Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1756-1836 Bur: 1813-1851; East Ogwell Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; East Teignmouth Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; East Teignmouth Zion Independent Chapel Bur: 1809-1836; Exminster Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1813-1837; Haccombe Bapt: 1821-1842 Mar: 1773-1801 Bur: 1829-1839; Ide Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Kenn Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1813-1837; Kenton Bapt: 1813-1844 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Mamhead Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Powderham Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1835 Bur: 1785-1837; Shaldon Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Shillingford St. George Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1765-1837 Bur: 1680-1842; Starcross Bapt: 1815-1840 Mar: 1828-1837 Bur: 1828-1837; Stokeinteignhead Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1800-1837; St.Thomas the Apostle (by Exeter) Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Trusham Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1743-1837 Bur: 1750-1837; West Ogwell Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1843 Bur: 1813-1839; West Teignmouth Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837.]

Description and Travel

Ide is a small village situated in a lushly green valley a mile and a half to the south-west of the city of Exeter. There is a long street of houses and buildings which run up a steep hill towards Haldon, a small area around the Green and the church, and lastly a small group of houses known as 'West Town'. Ide brook flows into a wide and shallow course, known as the Watersplash, as it enters the village flowing past the picturesque cottages of The College and the Huntsman Inn, on its way to the little Alphin river.

Conservation Area Appraisal for Ide - an interesting account of the area, with numerous photographs and maps.

George, Eric A. A village idyll. Devon Life vol. 9 no. 78 (1972) pp.26-27; ill.


A transcript of an extract from an 1856 Post Office Directory with a list of the Gentry and Traders.


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 Susan Froud, who invites queries and lookup requests.

This parish is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.


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

There are several historical studies of Devon and Exeter which touch lightly on the village of Ide, but the most comprehensive work is 'A History of the People and Parish of Ide', by Dr Donald Burnett (see below). This book covers many aspects of Ide, starting from its origins as the Marshall farm in pre-Saxon times, and ending with its struggle to survive after the loss of 82 men in the First World War. The book makes references to many Ideites, including photographs of many who died in WWI.

Burnett, Donald. A history of the people and parish of Ide. Strangaton Books (1992) x,132p,plates: ill,maps. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/IDE 3/0001/BUR]
Piller, Mavis. Ide of Yesteryear. Pinhoe, Exeter: Obelisk Publications. [ISBN 1899073817].
Rowland, Bill and Barber, Sally. Ide. Exeter: Obelisk,1985, 48 pp. ill., 2 maps, ports. ISBN: 0946651086 (pbk).

Names, Personal

Ide contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.

Protestation Return for 1641, provided by Devon Heritage.


Ide Apprentices Register - 1803-1835, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF A240A). [Foreword]

Probate Records

Transcription of the will of George Mortimer (1851), provided by Sue Cummings.

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