Heavitree has been since 1974 a district of the city of Exeter in Devon, England. It lies to the east of the city centre, and was formerly the first significant village outside the city on the road to London. It was the birthplace of Thomas Bodley (the founder of the Bodleian Library in Oxford), and Richard Hooker (1554–1600) (a clergyman in the founding days of the Church of England). Until 1818 Heavitree was a site for executions.
In the hundred years from 1801 to 1901, the population of Heavitree grew from 833 to 7,529, reflecting its assimilation into the expanding city of Exeter. It was established as an independent urban district in 1894, but became a part of the city in 1913.
The Heavitree Brewery was a local brewer, located in Heavitree; its history can be traced back to 1790. It was the last brewery in Exeter to cease production, continuing until 1970. The name continues in use as the owner of a chain of pubs in South West England.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Heavitree.