"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)]
A parish in Wonford Hundred, the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter.
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]