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"KING'S TEIGNTON, or Teignton Regis, is a large and respectable village, 1½ mile N.E. of Newton Abbot, pleasantly situated on the north bank of the river Teign, where it has a commodious wharf, near two short canals, one extending to the railway of the Haytor Granite Works, and the other extending about four miles northward, to the vicinity of Chudleigh. . . . Its parish contains 1498 souls, and 3982A. 3R. 16P. of land, including the hamlet of Preston, and many scattered houses. The parish abounds in fine potters' and pipe clay, of which about 50,000 tons are sent in barges down the Teign, to be shipped at Teignmouth for the Staffordshire and other potteries. . . . Lord Clifford is the lord of the manor of King's Teignton. . . . He is also owner of Gappah, Ware and a great part of the parish. . . .The Church (St. Michael,) is a large and venerable structure, with a tower and five bells. It is in the perpendicular style of the 15th century, and its number of free sittings was increased in 1825 from 231 to 311. The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £28. 13s. 9d., and in 1831 at £421, is in the patronage of the Bishop of Exeter, and incumbency of the Rev. Henry Woollcombe, jun., who has a good residence and 21½A. of glebe. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Teignbridge Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter.


Frost, Fred. C. On some traditions, &c., as to the murder of the Revd Gilbert Yarde. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 3:1, (1904) pp.20-21. [Refers to vol 2, pp.229, par.188.] [1783] [Index]
Thornton, W.H. On some traditions, still current, concerning the robbery and murder of the Revd Gilbert Yarde, M.A. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 2:8, (1903) pp.229-232.
Thornton, W.H. Further notes concerning the robbery and murder of the Revd Gilbert Yarde, M.A. [2, p.229, par.188; and see 3, pp.63 &93]. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 3:1, (1904) pp.17-20.


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

Church History

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

Williams, H.F. Vicars of Kingsteignton, Devon. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 29, 6 (1963) pp.177-179.

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1670 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 1670, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1606, 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.

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

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1606-1837, and Marriages 1606, 1619-1837, (entries in part from Bishops' Transcripts); Zion Independent Chapel Christenings 1808-1836.

An index of baptisms (1813-1839), marriages (1754-1837) and burials (1813-1837) in the parishes of Ashburton, Bickington, Bovey Tracey, Buckland in the Moor, Hennock, Highweek, Ideford, Ilsington, Kingsteignton, Lustleigh, Manaton, Moretonhampstead, North Bovey, Teigngrace and Widecombe in the Moor. Photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850., CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2011). [Ashburton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Ashburton Independent Chapel Bapt: 1817-1839; Bickington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1771-1837; Bovey Tracey Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Bovey Tracey Baptist Chapel, Bur: 1784-1837; Buckland in the Moor Bapt: 1813-1851, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1737-1840; Hennock Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Highweek Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; Ideford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; llsington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Kingsteignton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Lustleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1785-1837; Manaton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1843; Moretonhampstead Bapt: 1813 1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; North Bovey Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Teigngrace Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Widecombe in the Moor Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837]

Description and Travel

Kingsteignton Town Council web-site.

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


Kelly's Directory of Newton Abbot and neighbourhood, including Bovey Tracey and Kingsteignton. Kelly's Directories (1935 et seq).


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 Chris Meathrel, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: 1524-7 Devon subsidy rolls for Kingsteignton, plus 1543-5 Susidies; Muster Rolls 1569; Taxes 1581-1660; Hearth Tax 1674. Doomsday records from Phillimore's Devon Part Two for Kingsteignton. 1332 Devon Subsidy for Kingsteignton.)

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.

Greenway, E.M. Colonel Hugh Bampfield's relict: Kings Teignton register. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 2:8, (1903) pp.234-236. [Polwhele/Spelman errors noted.] [Index]
Worthy, C. Devonshire Parishes: or the antiquities, heraldry and family history of twenty-eight parishes in the archdeaconry of Totnes (2 vols), Exeter, W. Pollard (1887). [Chap. XXV: Kingsteignton - BURDON of Ware; CLIFFORD of Chudleigh; YARDE of Kingsteignton; Robert HURST] [Index]
Colonel Hugh Bampfields relict: Kings Teignton registers, Devon Notes and Queries 2, 1902-3, pp. 234-6. [17th c.]


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

Davidson, J.B. Remarks on Old Teign Bridge. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 16 (1884), pp. 444-452. [Index]
Harris, Richard. Kings Teignton: a parish history. Kingsteignton Parish Council (1977) 38p, plates: ill, map. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/KIN 5/0001/HAR]
Harris, Richard. Kingsteignton in old postcards. Zaltbommel: European Library (1984) [4], 76p: of ill. [ISBN 9028829253]
Harris, Richard. Kingsteignton collection. Exeter: Obelisk Publications (1996) 32p: chiefly ill. [ISBN 1899073302]
Harris, Steve. Kingsteignton Through Time. Amberley Publishing (2014) 96 pp. [ISBN 978-1-4456-3339-8]
Jackson, P. King's Teignton fair. Trans. Dev. Assoc. 40 (1908) pp. 102-109. [Index]
Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Kingsteignton, Devon. Typescript (1962) 11 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]
Worthy, Charles. Devonshire Parishes. Exeter: William Pollard (1887) - Vol. 2, pp. 251- 275.
A list of English Heritage sites within the Kingsteignton - extracts courtesy of English Heritage's Millennium Project. Kingsteignton Archaeological Society (2011) 80pp.


Pearson, J.B. The manors of Bicton and Kingsteignton, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 37, (1905) pp.462-464. [Index]

Military History

Kingsteignton War Memorial - detailed information from the Kingsteignton History Society website.

Names, Personal

Kingsteignton Apprentices Register - 1775-1823, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF A260). [Foreword]

Probate Records

Transcripts of the wills of William Palmer (1714) and Margaret Palmer (1770), provided by Ros Dunning.


The King's Teignton History Society website provides some photographs, and links to other material.

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