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"AXMOUTH is a pleasant village, on the coast of the English Channel, at the mouth of the river Axe, 3 miles S. by E. of Colyton, and 6 miles W. by S. of Lyme Regis, and S.S.W. of Axminster. Its parish contains 645 souls, and 4534 acres of land, terminating in the lofty and rugged sea cliffs, which are crowned by chalky crags, in some places assuming the appearance of shattered turrets, pinnacles, &c.; and in others, overtopped by luxuriant plantations. . . . The manor of Axmouth was given by the Earl of Devon, in the reign of Henry II., to Montebourg Abbey, in Normandy; but Henry V. gave it to Sion Abbey. Edward VI. granted it to Walter Erle, Esq. in 1679, it was sold to Sir Walter Yonge, who sold it, in 1691, to Richard Hallett. John H. Hallett, Esq., is now lord of the manor, and owner of a great part of the parish, and of the mansions called Stedcombe House and Haven Cliff. . . . Axmouth church is an ancient structure, with a fine Anglo-Norman doorway, and a tower containing three bells. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Axminster Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter.



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

Matthews, A.W. Ye Old Mortality. vol. 8 (1909) pp. 868-893. [MS, Society of Genealogists]
Pulman, George P.R. The Book of the Axe. Bath: Kingsmead Reprints (1969) pp. 868-893. (Reprint of 3rd edition, 1875.) [Lookups]


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Axmouth area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

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

History of St Michael's Church, by Roger Johnson.

Skinner, A.J.P. Women churchwardens, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, vol. 14, no. 4,pp.165-166. [Appointments 1635-1713 - see also vol. 14, p.107]

Church Records

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

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 1603-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1605-1837, and Marriages 1603-1837.

The Deanery of Honiton: CD-ROM CD041, Exeter, Devon FHS (2013). [Axminster Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Axmouth Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1603-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Chardstock Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Colyton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1538-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Combpyne Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1757-1836, Bur: 1796-1847; Cotleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Dalwood Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Farway Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Gittisham Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1800-1837; Hawkchurch Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Honiton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Honiton Ind, Bur: 1774-1837; Kilmington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Membury Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Monkton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1814-1842; Musbury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Northleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Offwell Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Seaton & Beer Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1839, Bur: 1813-1837; Shute Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Southleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Stockland Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1640-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Thorncombe Bapt: 1813-1837, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1841; Uplyme Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; Wambrook Bapt: 1813-1904, Mar: 1754-1836; Widworthy Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1954, Bur: 1790-1837.]

Court Records

East, Edward Hyde. The King v. The Inhabitants of Axmouth. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of Kings Bench, Vol. 4. Philadelphia, Lea and Blanchard (1845) pp. 464-465. [Concerns a customs officer, John Clarke] [Full Text]

Description and Travel

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

Bird, Sheila. Seaton, Axmouth, Colyton, Colyford, Beer and Branscombe companion (2nd rev. ed.), Lyme Regis, Bird of Freedom (1988) 56p: ill, map. [ISBN 0951223623] [Westcountry Studies Library pB/SEA/1986/BIR]
Bowen, David. Portrait of a village, Axmouth, Devon Life, vol. 5, no. 35, pp.22-25; ill.
Stirling, D.M. Beauties of the Shore: or A Guide to the Watering Places on the South East Coast of Devon. Comprising copious illustrations of the Antiquities, History, Topography and Scenery of the following parishes; Seaton, Axmouth, &c. &c., Exeter, W. Roberts (printer) (1838) vi + 191pp + 6pp list of subscribers + 3 pages of adverts. [Index]

You can see pictures of Axmouth which are provided by:



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

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This parish is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.

Geare, Ralph Holwell. Holwellls of Membury, Colyton, Axmouth. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 26 (1954-55) pp.52-53.
Hyde, Kenneth Peter. The genealogical history of the families of Hyde of Milborne Port of the Co. Somerset; Hyde of Nether Compton of the Co. Dorset; Hyde of Broadmayne, Upwey, Dorchester & Martinstown, all in the Co. of Dorset; Cross of Axmouth of the Co. of Devon; Dampier of Axmouth Co., Devon, and Wambrook in the County of Dorset; Jefford of Axmouth, Uplyme & Musbury, all in the County of Devon; Seward of Colyton, Musbury & Axmouth, all in the County of Devon; Sampson of Colyford & Axmouth Co., Devon; Love of Hawkchurch & Axmouth Co., Devon; Bush of Radstock County, Somerset; Pratten of Radstock County, Somerset. [East Northport? N.Y.] (1972) 85 l. geneal. tables. [LC CALL NO.: CS439.H951972]
Mail, Colin. More Questions Than Answers Might Be Better: Rocket/Start Roots, Devon Family Historian, vol. 154, (2015) pp.17-19 [William Rocket Start, b. Axmouth 1837].
Skinner, A.J.P. James Manning. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VI, (January 1910 to October 1911), p. 222. [Transcript
Skinner, A.J. Pyne, of Hay, in the parish of Axmouth, Devon, Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset 12, 1911, pp. 304-9. [Raymond: Pedigree, 16-18th c.; includes will of Hercules Pyne of Axmouth, 1610.]

Historical Geography

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



Pictures and brief history of Axmouth and Axmouth Harbour, from Seaton Museum.

Burnham, E.J. A Guide to Seaton and District: Including Axmouth, Colyford, Colyton, Beer and Branscombe. (1912) [Westcountry Studies Library, Devon & Exeter Inst., Plymouth Central Library]
Eds. Early Cider Mill from Axmouth. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VI, (January 1910 to October 1911), illus. p 20. [Transcript]
Gosling, Ted and Marshall, Geoff. Seaton, Axmouth & Colyford Through Time, Amberley Publishing (2010) 96 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-1445601274] [Then and now photographs]
Griffiths, Ian. The story of Axmouth / by Ian Griffiths, Honiton, A. Diamond & Co. (printer) [1960?] [16]p : ill, map. [Westcountry Studies Library: B/AXM 7/0001/GRI]
Pulman, George P.R. The Book of the Axe. Bath: Kingsmead Reprints (1969) pp. 868-893. (Reprint of 3rd edition, 1875.) [Lookups]
Ramsden, J.V. Axmouth Haven, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 77, (1945) pp.145-148.
Reichel, Rev. Oswald. The Hundreds of Axminster and Axmouth in Early Times. The Devonshire Association. Extra Volume. Exeter: (1931) 53pp.

Land and Property

Coxhead, J.R.W. Axmouth Rental of 1483. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 33, 2 (1974) pp.39-44.
Elliot, John. Homes and gardens - Bindon Manor, Devon Life, vol. 9, no. 71, pp.20-22; ill.


Coxhead, J.R.W. Axmouth rental of 1483, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, vol. 33, no. 2, (1974) pp.39-44.

Names, Personal

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


Probate Records

Hoskins, W.G. An East Devon Yeoman. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 21 (1940- 41) pp 241-248. [Raymond: Will and Inventory of George Hoskenes of Axmouth, 1625.]