"BICTON parish, on the west side of the river Otter, 4 miles W.S.W. of Sidmouth and 11 miles E.S.E. of Exeter, contains 1184 acres, and has only 198 inhabitants, of whom 137 are in YETTINGTON hamlet, on the high road, near the large and beautiful park of BICTON HOUSE, the seat of Lady Rolle, relict of the late Lord Rolle, who died in 1842, without issue, in the 86th year of his age. . . . Bicton Church, (Holy Trinity,) is a small ancient structure, situated in a romantic spot, encircled by a beautiful screen of woods, in the lower part of the park, but it will be taken down after the completion of the handsome new church, now (1849,) erecting near it by Lady Rolle. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]
Also known as Bixton and as Bickington. A parish in East Budleigh Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter. Part of the Otter Valley area.
Parish Registers going back to 1557 are held in the Devon Record Office.
The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1725-1845 - for details see their book list.
Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).
Granville, Roger & Mugford, W.E. (eds.) Bicton, 1620-1638. Abstracts of the Existing Transcripts of the Lost Parish- Registers of Devon, 1596-1644, and short notes on the extant pre- reformation registers of all the parishes in the county, from particulars furnished by the several incumbents thereof. Vol. 1 A- Bra. Exeter: W. Pollard (1908). [Full text]
The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Ros Hickman, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Baptisms (1557-1837); Marriages (1557-1837); Burials 1557-1837); All census returns to 1891.)
Benson, J. Arbalister, Arblaster or Alabaster, Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 24, 1950-51, pp. 112-6. See also pp. 161-6. [Raymond: Medieval, of Bicton; also includes notes on Crawthorne, Stockhay, and Hache.]
Delderfield, Eric Raymond. The Raleigh Country: A brief history of Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, East Budleigh, Otterton, Bicton, Lympstone and Topsham, with a short lifestory of that great Englishman, Sir Walter Raleigh. (Reprinted, 2nd ed.). Raleigh Press: Exmouth (1949) pp. 96 [BL 010358]
Delderfield, E. The Raleigh Country, ERD Publications (1992) 163 pp. [Lookups] [Index]
Edwards, E. Devonshire - Containing Historical, Biographical and Descriptive Notices of Exmouth & its Neighbourhood, including the Exe, Littleham, Withycombe Raleigh, East Budleigh, Otterton and Bicton, Sidmouth and Sidbury, Gittisham, Ottery St. Mary, Lympstone, and Topsham; with Notices of the Pedigree of the Rolle, Raleigh, and Courtney Families, &c. Contains Notices of some Picturesque and Antiquarian Excursions in the neighbourhood of the Exe Estuary, and along the adjacent coast, including Budleigh Salterton, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Torquay, &c., Exeter, S. Drayton & Sons (1867) 362 pp.
Florey, Malcolm. Memories of Bicton College of Agriculture [1947-1997], Bicton, The College (1998) 96p: chfly ill. [Westcountry Studies Library: sx630.711/BIC/FLO]
James, N.D.G. The Bicton Gardens Countryside Museum: a guide to the principal exhibits. East Budleigh, c/o The Agent, The Rolle Estate Office, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Devon [1975?] [BL X.319/10273]
Sheppard, Lilian. Raleigh's birthplace: the story of East Budleigh: historical jottings of East Budleigh, Bicton, Salterton, Otterton and Withycombe: [Budleigh Salterton] [Granary] [c1983] [BL X.809/58432]
Waddington-Feather, G.D & J.J. Bicton: the history of its origins and manor. [Bicton]: [Bicton Coll.of Ag] [1985?] 7p. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/BIC 7/0001/WAD]
The lower Otter valley: sketches on local history, Budleigh, Otter Valley Assoc. (1984) 104p: ill,maps. [ISBN 0950753416]