A parish in Wonford Hundred, the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter.
"UPTON-PYNE is a straggling village on the north-east side of the vale of the small river Creedy, near its confluence with the Exe, and nearly 4 miles N. by W. of Exeter. Its parish extends to Cowley Bridge, and contains about 2200 acres of land, and 512 inhabitants. Sir Stafford Henry Northcote Bart., is lord of the manor, and owner of a great part of the soil, and resides at PYNES HOUSE, a commodious brick mansion, in a small but well- wooded park, commanding picturesque views. The manor belonged to the Pyne family as early as the reign of Henry I., and it afterwards passed to the Larders, Coplestons, and Staffords. The heiress of the latter carried it in marriage to the late Sir Henry Northcote, one of whose ancestors was created a baronet in 1641. An estate called Ley or Leigh, in this parish, belongs to the Roberts family, and here are several farms belonging to other proprietors. The Church (St. Peter,) is an ancient structure, with a tower and five bells, and a south aisle was added to it about 14 years ago." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
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Jane Austen's novel "Sense and Sensibility" was set in the village of Upton Pyne - see: A Literary Tour of Devon.
Upton Pyne - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).
Detailed illustrated description of the church, from the Roughwood British Churches Album.
Northcote, John Stafford. Notes on the parish church of Upton Pyne. London: J.Day & Son (1890) 28p. [Westcountry Studies Library - s726.5/UPT/NOR]
Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1673, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1612, 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 1754-1838, Burials 1800-1837 - for details see their book list.
Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1612-1837, and Marriages 1620-1644, 1664-1675, 1687-1837. (These entries are in part from Bishops' Transcripts.)
Sellman, R.R. Upton Pyne, Devon: edited transcript of parish registers 1669-1837, with family reconstitutions. Typescript (1990) 80p. [Westcountry Studies - sx929.3/UPT/1669]
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
The Online Parish Clerk for this parish is Thomas Peeke, who invites queries and lookup requests.
Upton Pyne contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.
Wills of John Norrish (1776), William Blamey (1811), and Elizabeth Pidsley (1857), transcribed by Ros Dunning.
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