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"UPOTTERY, or Up-Ottery, is a pleasant village, in the picturesque valley of the river Otter, a few miles from its source, and 5 miles N.E. by N. of Honiton, Its parish contains 991 souls, and 5830A. 3R. 23P. of land, including the Rawridge tithing, and many scattered farms, and extending to the borders of Somersetshire. Here is a cattle fair on October 17th, and an annual ploughing match. Viscount Sidmouth is lord of the manor and owner of a great part of the parish, and resides at the large new Manor House, which has been lately erected at great expense. . . . The manor was given by the Conqueror to Ralph de Pomeroy, and was afterwards given to the church of Rouen, from which it passed to Sir Nicholas Cheyney, in the reign of Henry III. It afterwards passed to the Willoughby, Blount, and Popham families, and was purchased of the latter by Dr. Addington, father of the late Viscount Sidmouth. The CHURCH (St. Mary,) is a fine antique structure, with a tower and five bells. . . . The Dean and Chapter of Exeter are patrons of the vicarage, . . . The Rev. George Lowe, M.A. is the vicar, and in 1843'-4, erected a new Vicarage House, in Elizabethan style, at the cost of about £1600. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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


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

Church History

Andress, W.T. The history of Newhouse Upottery: the sanctuary the forefathers walked 21 miles to worship in. Upottery: W.T.Andress (1932) 24p, plates: ill. [Westcountry Studies - px286/UPO/AND] [Lookups]
Leates, M. A Guide to the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Upottery, (n.d.). [S0G Library - DE Tracts]
Orme, Nicholas. Rawridge Chapel, Upottery. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 35:09, (1986) pp.327-331. [Includes list of chaplains., 1190-1548]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1559 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 1559 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.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1559-1837, and Marriages 1576-1678, 1702-1837.

Upottery Parish Register transcriptions, covering the years 1702 to 1902, by Roy Parkhouse.

The Deanery of Dunkeswell, CD012, Devon Family History Society, Exeter (2007). [Contains indexes: Awliscombe - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Churchstanton - Baptisms 1813-1837, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1839; Clayhidon - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Combe Raleigh - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Dunkeswell - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1800-1837; Hemyock - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1635-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Luppitt - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1838, Burials 1813-1837; Sheldon - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1836, Burials 1770-1837; Upottery - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Yarcombe - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837.]


Cresswell, Beatrix F. Willoughby de Broke and Cheyney. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 14:8, (1927) pp.358-361, plates: ill. [Refers to 14, pp.291, 293. See also 14, p.362; 15, p.21.] [de Broke Family]
M., R.B. Cheney family. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 14:8, (1927) pp.358. [Refers to vol.14, p.291. See also 14, pp.358-361; vol.15, p.59.]

Land and Property

Transcription of a Terrier of the vicarage of Uppottery, dated 1745 and found in the Parish Registers, by Roy Parkhouse.


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 Upottery from the Devon Library's Local Studies Service.

Military History

Upottery War Memorial, transcribed by John Williams.

Names, Personal

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

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