"ALPHINGTON, a neat and pleasant village on the western side of the river Exe, 1½ mile S. of Exeter, has in its parish 1286 inhabitants, and about 2700 acres of fertile land, traversed by the South Devon Railway and Exeter Ship canal. It has cattle fairs on the first Wednesday after the 20th of June, and on the Wednesday after Michaelmasday. It was one of the principal quarters of Sir Thos. Fairfax's army, when he was blockading Exeter, in 1646. The Earl of Devon owns most of the soil, and is lord of the manor of Alphington, which was obtained by his family in the reign of Richard II., in exchange, from the Seagraves. Matford, formerly a seat of the Smith and other families, belongs to Sir L.V. Palk, and several smaller proprietors have estates and neat houses here. Risdon says a man named Stone died here at the age of 120 years, in the reign of Elizabeth. On July 2nd, 1760, by the sudden inundation of the rivulet which runs through the village to the Exe, upwards of 20 houses are said to have been thrown down, and the damage was computed at upwards of £1000. The Church, (St. Michael,) is a large antique fabric, with a tower and eight bells." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

Alphington parish is in Wonford Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter.



Ellis, Arthur Erskine. Bibliography of the parish of Alphington, Devon. Typescript (1978) 17p. [Exeter Univ. Lib.] [Westcountry Studies: px016/ALP/ELL]



Hele, John. Reminiscences of John Hele of Alphington, Devon, who for many years has held, and now holds, the offices of postmaster and constable in that parish. Exeter, Printed for the author (1870). [Westcountry Studies Library: s920/HEL]



MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.


Church History

Alphington - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).

Cresswell, B.F. Notes on the Churches of the Deanery of Kenn, Devon, (1912) pp.15-17.

Croft, William Hammond. St. Michael and All Angels, Alphington: Church guide and history, Ramsgate, Church Publishers (1964) iv,8p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library: p726.5/ALP/CRO]

Croft, William Hammond. St. Michael and All Angels, Alphington: Church guide and history, Ramsgate, Church Publishers (1970) iv,12p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library: p726.5/ALP/CRO]

Alphington Methodist Church centenary 1895-1995, Alphington, The Church (1995) [24}p : ill, ports. [Westcountry Studies Library: p287.1/ALP/ALP]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1603 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Indexed transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1603 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1812-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

  • Wesleyan Chapel, Chapel Lane: Registers for 1818-37 in PRO RG 4/1207 (with Exeter, The Mint)

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1603-1837, and Marriages 1603-1643, 1657-1837.

Brodie, M. The parish records of Alphington, 1603-1836, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 97, (1965) pp.137-156.

Brodie, May. Contents of the parish chest, Alphington church, 3 folders. [Westcountry Studies Library: sB/EXE/254/BRO]

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Alphington, Ashcombe, Bishopsteignton, Chudleigh, Combeinteignhead, Dawlish, Dunchideock, East Ogwell, East Teignmouth, Exminster, Haccombe, Ide, Kenn, Kenton, Mamhead, Powderham, Shaldon, Shillingford St. George, Starcross, Stokeinteignhead, St. Thomas the Apostle (by Exeter), Trusham, West Ogwell and West Teignmouth. Includes Chudleigh United Reformed Church and East Teignmouth Zion Independent Chapel Burials. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Directory (1850) and Kelly's Directory of Devonshire (1902)., CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2015). [Alphington Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1812-1837; Ashcombe Bapt: 1813-1841 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1783-1837; Bishopsteignton Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Chudleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Chudleigh United Reformed Chapel Bur: 1834-1836; Combeinteignhead Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1800-1837; Dawlish Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Dunchideock Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1756-1836 Bur: 1813-1851; East Ogwell Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; East Teignmouth Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; East Teignmouth Zion Independent Chapel Bur: 1809-1836; Exminster Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1813-1837; Haccombe Bapt: 1821-1842 Mar: 1773-1801 Bur: 1829-1839; Ide Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Kenn Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1813-1837; Kenton Bapt: 1813-1844 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Mamhead Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Powderham Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1835 Bur: 1785-1837; Shaldon Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Shillingford St. George Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1765-1837 Bur: 1680-1842; Starcross Bapt: 1815-1840 Mar: 1828-1837 Bur: 1828-1837; Stokeinteignhead Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1800-1837; St.Thomas the Apostle (by Exeter) Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Trusham Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1743-1837 Bur: 1750-1837; West Ogwell Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1843 Bur: 1813-1839; West Teignmouth Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837.]


Court Records

Register of Freeholders - Witheridge & Wonford c1816, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D136). [Foreword]


Description & Travel

Section on Alphington  from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Lockie.

Aplin, P. and J. Gaskell. An Alphington Album. Pinhoe, Exeter: Obelisk Publications. [ISBN 0946651272].

You can see pictures of Alphington which are provided by:



Transcript of entry in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.



The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.



Parr, John Frank. Parr family of Chudleigh, Alphington, Powderham, Shillingford and Exeter, Western Antiquary 3, 1884, pp. 47-48.

Wilcocks, Paul. Family Roots, Devon Family Historian, vol. 145, (2013) pp.9-11. [Attempts to link John Willcocks of Alphington (b. Exeter 1733) back to Thomas Wilcocks of Brightlingsea, s. of Richard Wilcocks (1564-1623/4).]


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Alphington has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



A Brief History of Alphington (archived copy), by Rowena Jay.

Aplin, Pauline. An Alphington album. Exeter: Obelisk, 1988, [64] pp. ill., ports. ; 15 x 22 cm. ISBN: 0946651272 (pbk).

Walter James Harte: History of Alphington. Devonshire Association: Exeter, 1954, pp. 8. [BL RB.23.a.9010]

Reichel, O J. Domesday hundred of Wenford or Wonford. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 44 (1912) pp. 278-311 [Index].

Reichel, O J. Early Descents of the Manors in Wonford Hundred. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 44 (1912) pp. 312-342 [Index].


Land & Property

Chapple, William. Calumny confuted, by the plain evidence of plain facts [Bound with : A short reply to the falshood ... By Mr. Pitfield], Exeter, (1761) iv, 81p. [Westcountry Studies Library: s364.156.DEV/PIT] [Concerning an estate conveyancing fraud]

Elliot, John. Homes and gardens - Gidleys, Alphington. Devon Life vol. 9 no. 76 (1972) pp.18-20; ill.

Pidsley, Thomas Ackland (transcr.). Alphington land tax 1890: Transcript of document in possession of Vicar, Typescript (n.d.). [Westcountry Studies Library: s336.22/ALP/ALP]

Pitfield, [William]. A short reply to the falshood and slander published against Dr. Andrew - Exeter: J. Spencer (1761) 44p. [Westcountry Studies Library: s364.156/DEV/PIT]

Pitfield, William. Remarks on a pamphlet lately published by the Rev. Mr. Archdeacon Sleech Exeter ; Pr. by A. Brice (1762) [4],48p. [Westcountry Studies Library: s346.04344/DEV/TRE]

Tremlett, Richard. A state of the dispute between Dr.Andrew and Mr.Pitfield. With free remarks upon the behaviour and arguments of ... Shapleigh. - Exon : Printed by A.Brice (1761) iv,55,[1]p. [Westcountry Studies Library: s364.163/DEV/TRE]



View a map of the boundaries of this town/parish.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX918899 (Lat/Lon: 50.698646, -3.53343), Alphington which are provided by:


Military Records

Palfrey, V. Alphington War Dead in Two World Wars. MP1, Devon Family History.


Names, Personal

Listing of Alphington contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Brodie, M.A. The Parish Records of Alphington. Devonshire Association Trans., vol. 97 (1965) pp. 137-156.


Probate Records



Smith, D.F. An outline history of Alphington School to mark the centenary of the school in 1976 [Alphington]: [The School] (1976) 6 leaves [Westcountry Studies Library: px372/ALP/SMI]