Place:Exminster, Devon, England

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NameExminster
Alt namesAexeministrasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 80
Aiseministrasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 80
Aiseminstresource: Domesday Book (1985) p 80
Axeministrasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 80
Axeminstresource: Domesday Book (1985) p 80
Esseministrasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 80
Esseminstresource: Domesday Book (1985) p 80
TypeParish, Village
Coordinates50.683°N 3.483°W
Located inDevon, England
See alsoExminster Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred of which the parish was a part
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Exminster from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"EXMINSTER, a village, a parish, and a hundred in Devon. The village stands on a pleasant spot adjacent to the river Exe and the South Devon railway, 3½ mile SSE of Exeter; and has a station on the railway, a post office under Exeter, and a fair on the first Thursday of May. The parish includes the village, and is in the [registration] district of St. Thomas. Acres: 5,817; of which 370 are water. Real property: £9,093. Population: 1,781. Houses: 231. The manor belonged to the Courtenays, Earls of Devon; and had formerly a very large manor-house, in which Archbishop Courtenay was born. The lords of the manor now are the Earl of Devon and Sir Lawrence Palk, Bart. The principal residences are Peamore and Kenbury; the seats of respectively the Kekewiches and the Stoweys. The Devon county lunatic asylum stands here on a plot of 50 acres; occupies an elevated position, on a declivity 140 feet above the surrounding level; was opened in 1846; and cost, inclusive of the land, £65,000. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value: 300. Patrons: the Governors of Crediton Church Corporation Trust. The church is ancient; consists of nave, chancel, and S aisle, with western tower; and contains an ancient carved oak screen, and several handsome monuments. There is a Wesleyan chapel. An endowed school has £30; and other charities £43.

Research Tips

  • Ordnance Survey Maps of England and Wales - Revised: Devonshire Northand Devonshire South illustrate the parish boundaries of Devon when rural districts were still in existence. The maps publication year is 1931. The maps blow up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets. These maps are now downloadable for personal use.
  • GENUKI has a new map feature on its individual Devon parish pages. Each parish page includes an outline map of parishes in the region of the one under inspection. By clicking on this map the user is taken to a blow-up of Historic Parishes of England and Wales: an Electronic Map of Boundaries before 1850 with a Gazetteer and Metadata [computer file] provided by R. J. P. Kain and R. R. Oliver of the History Data Service of Colchester, Essex (distributed by UK Data Archive).
  • Devon County Council's Record Offices and Local Studies Libraries are being reorganized and amalgamated to form the Devon Heritage Services, comprising the Devon Heritage Centre (Exeter) and the North Devon Record Office (Barnstaple). These developments, which are described in Historical Records: A New Future for Devon's Heritage, do not affect the other major Devon archive, the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office, or the Local Studies Library, which are located in Plymouth and come under the Plymouth City Council. (Devon FHS report that Plymouth Record Office has just aquired new premises.) There is a guide entitled Which heritage centre or record office should I visit? which is provided to explain the organization further.
  • Devon Family History Society Mailing address: PO Box 9, Exeter, EX2 6YP, United Kingdom. Specialized contacts for membership, publications, queries, etc. The society has branches in various parts of the county. It is the largest Family History Society in the United Kingdom.
  • Devon has a Online Parish Clerk (OPC) Project. Only about half of the parishes have a volunteer contributing local data. For more information, consult the website, especially the list at the bottom of the homepage.
  • GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Devon as well as leading to a collection of 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes. Devon is one of the counties on the GENUKI website that has recently (summer 2015) been updated. The maps described above are just one of the innovations.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date. An index of parishes leads to notes and references for each parish.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has
  1. organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts of the 20th century
  2. excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes
  3. reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
  • More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.