Place:Exeter, Devon, England

Alt namesEscancestresource: Blue Guide: England (1980) p 160
Essecestrasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 80
Execestresource: Domesday Book (1985) p 80
Exoniasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 80
Isca Dumnoniorumsource: Blue Guide: England (1980) p 160; Romano-British Placenames [online] (1999) accessed 16 August 2004
TypeCity, Borough (county), County town
Coordinates50.72°N 3.53°W
Located inDevon, England
See alsoWonford Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred in which the city was located
Contained Places
Exeter Cathedral
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Exeter () is a historic city in Devon, England. It lies within the ceremonial county of Devon, of which it is the county town as well as the home of Devon County Council. Currently the administrative area has the status of a non-metropolitan district and is therefore under the administration of the County Council. The city is on the River Exe about northeast of Plymouth and southwest of Bristol. Its population was 117,773 at the time of the UK's 2011 census.

Exeter was the most south-westerly Roman fortified settlement in Britain. Exeter Cathedral, founded in the early 12th century, became Anglican during the 16th-century English Reformation. The modern city's transport hubs include the Exeter Metro St Davids Railway Station, the Central railway station, the M5 motorway, and Exeter International Airport.

Parish Organization

From Saxon times, Exeter was in the hundred of Wonford. The city had a number of churches, each covering a parish with agreed boundaries. Until the start of civil registration in 1837, the parish church (of the Church of England) was responsible for recording the baptisms, marriages and burials which occurred in its area. The only legal marriages were those which took place within the Church of England. The names of the parishes were as follows:

  • Exeter All Hallows-on-the-Walls
  • Exeter Allhallows Goldsmith Street
  • Exeter Bedford Circus
  • Exeter Bradninch Precinct
  • Exeter Castle Yard
  • Exeter Holy Trinity
  • Exeter St. David
  • Exeter St. Edmund
  • Exeter St. George-the-Martyr
  • Exeter St. John
  • Exeter St. Kerrian
  • Exeter St. Lawrence
  • Exeter St. Martin
  • Exeter St. Mary Arches (can be found in WeRelate as St. Mary Arches, Devon, England)
  • Exeter St. Mary Major
  • Exeter St. Mary Steps
  • Exeter St. Olave
  • Exeter St. Pancras
  • Exeter St. Paul
  • Exeter St. Petrock
  • Exeter St. Sidwells (can be found in WeRelate as St. Sidwells, Devon, England because it is somewhat outside the city)
  • Exeter St. Stephen

GENUKI has descriptions of all the parishes complete with maps to indicate their locations within the city. It also gives alternate names for some of the parishes which may explain how they received their official names as given above.


For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Exeter.

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