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"NETHER EXE, a small parish, on the east side of the river Exe, 5 miles N. by E. of Exeter, has only 97 souls, and 650 acres of land. Though so small a parish, it gives name to the Nether Exe Farmers' Club, which has a long list of members, resident in the surrounding parishes. Francis Hill, Esq., has a seat here, and owns the greater part of the parish, and the rest belongs to the Rev. W. Sweet, Mr. R. Bonner, and a few smaller owners. The Church, anciently subject to that of Rewe, is a small ancient structure, with one bell and a handsome font. The perpetual curacy, valued in K.B. at £8. 10s., and in 1831 at £37, is in the patronage of the eight trustees under the will of H. Burroughs, and is now enjoyed by the Rev. John Bond, M.A., of Romansleigh. The poor have 16s. a year, left by Nicholas Warren, and the parish sends a poor person to Burrough's Almshouse, at Broad Clist. The farmers are Thomas Bere, Francis Hill, Esq., Thomas Kingdon, John Rewe, and Francis Richards. " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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


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

A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Church of St John the Baptist is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 6 of Devon Memorial inscriptions (DE/M19).

Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]

Church History

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

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1731 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 1731, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1609, 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 1773-1807 - for details see their book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1714-1837, and Marriages 1731-1735, 1773-1807. (These entries are in part from Bishops' Transcripts.)

Deanery Of Cadbury - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837 And Burials 1813-1837, CD060, Exeter, Devon FHS (2014). [Brampford Speke Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1840; Cadbury Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Cadeleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1810-1837; Cheriton Fitzpaine Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Colebrooke Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Crediton Presbyterian Chapel Bur: 1826-1837; Crediton Bapt: 1813-1843 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Down St Mary Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1770-1837; Kennerleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Morchard Bishop Bapt: 1813-1837 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Nether Exe Bapt: 1814-1851 Mar: 1773-1807 Bur: 1813-1856; Newton St. Cyres Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1840; Poughill Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1838 Bur: 1770-1837; Sandford Bapt: 1813-1838 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Shobrooke Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Stockleigh English Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Stockleigh Pomeroy Bapt: 1813-1843 Mar: 1752-1837 Bur: 1813-1851; Thorverton Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1839 Bur: 1813-1837; Upton Hellions Bapt: 1813-1842 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1678-1929; Upton Pyne Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1838 Bur: 1800-1837.]


The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.


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 Nether Exe from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.

Names, Personal

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


This parish is covered by the Five Parishes Local History Society - chairman: Dennis Davey.


Window Tax records for 1710 are held by the Devon Record Office.

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