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"NEWTON POPPLEFORD [is a] tithing and chapelry, which has 549 inhabitants and 524 acres of land . . . in the vale of the Otter, where it has a good village and a stone bridge of three arches, 10 miles E. by S. of Exeter, and 3 miles S. of Ottery St. Mary. . . . The Chapel of Ease (St Mark,) at Newton Poppleford, is served by the vicar [of Aylesbeare], and is said to have been founded as a chantry chapel by Edward III., about 1330. It is a stone fabric, with a Norman tower and one bell. The village of Newton has also a small Independent Chapel, built in 1816; and on the river bank is a crepe and silk factory, which belongs to Hy. Elliott, Esq., but is now unoccupied. Many females here are employed in making Honiton Lace. . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A chapelry in the parish of Aylesbeare in East Budleigh Hundred in the Archdeaconry and Dioces of Exeter, which became a separate parish in 1896. Part of the Otter Valley area.

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1862 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 1580 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1581-1670, and Marriages 1581-1630, 1654-1670 (separately listed in the Aylesbeare Registers).

Sellman, R.R. Aylesbeare with Newton Poppleford, Devon: edited transcript of parish registers to 1837/1854 (typescript) 144p. [Westcountry Studies Library]


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


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

Bevan, H.O. Newton Poppleford: Historical Notes (typescript). (1956) 10p. [Westcountry Studies Library - xB/NEW 4/0001/BEV]
Tenney, G. Peep into the past: Newton Poppleford and Harpford. Newton Abbot: G.Tenney [1988] 27p. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/NEW 4/0001/TEN]
Wilson, Ray. Yesterday in Newton Poppleford: the way we were, the things we did, Newton Poppleford, R. Wilson (1999) 93 pp.
The lower Otter valley: sketches on local history, Budleigh, Otter Valley Assoc. (1984) 104p: ill,maps. [ISBN 0950753416]


The Otter Valley Association has an extensive web-site providing much genealogical and historical material.

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Last updated: 18 Jul 2015 - Brian Randell

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