"BISHOP'S TEIGNTON, a long straggling village and parish, on the north side of the estuary of the river Teign, two miles W. of Teignmouth, and four miles E.N.E. of Newton-Abbot, has 992 inhabitants and 4075A. 3R. 20P. of land, including the hamlets of Luton and Coombe; many scattered farm houses, and several neat villas, commanding delightful views of the Teign, and its opposite banks, down to the sea coast. The Rev. John Comyns, M.A., who has been patron and incumbent of the vicarage since 1801, and also impropriator of the great tithes, owns a great part of the parish, and is lord of the manors of Bishop's Teignton and Radway. . . . Lord Clifford is lord of the manor of Luton; and that of Lindridge is held by the Rev. Jas. A. Templer, in trust for his son. . . . The Church (St. John,) is an ancient fabric, with a tower containing six bells, and crowned by a shingled spire. It has several neat monuments. . . . The Wesleyans have a meeting room here, and the Bible Christians occupy a chapel, formerly belonging to Baptists. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Exminster Hundred, a Peculiar jursidiction of the Bishop of Exeter. Luton hamlet was created a modern parish in 1866.


Archives & Libraries



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

Cresswell, B.F. Notes on the Churches of the Deanery of Kenn, Devon, (1912) pp. 34-37. [Extracts]

Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]


Church History

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

James, Gillian M. A journey of faith: some research into the Methodists of Bishopsteignton, Teignmouth, The Author (1998) [68]p: ill, maps, ports. [Westcountry Studies Library: p287.1/BIS/JAM]

Johnston, Philip Mainwaring. Bishopsteignton Church, British Arch. Assoc. Jnl., (1927)


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1558 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).

Baptisms 1559-1812, marriages 1559-1755, burials 1558-1810, Bishopsteignton, Typescript ([1986?]) 1 vol. [Westcountry Studies Library: sx929.3/BIS/1558]

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.]


Description & Travel

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

Conservation Area Appraisal for Bishopsteignton - an interesting account of the area, with numerous photographs and maps.

You can see pictures of Bishopsteignton which are provided by:



Transcription provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.



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



The Online Parish Clerks for this parish are Jean & Mike Edwards, who invite queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Bapt 1558-1925; Marr 1558-1837; Banns 1754-1812; Bur 1558-1863.)

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.



Cleland, W.D., (Ed.). Bishopsteignton, South Devon: a short history and guide, London, F.E.Dale & Son (1935?) 39p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library: sB/BIS 7/1935/BIS]

Gourd, Philip. About Bishopsteignton: short history, personal reminiscences and memories, local tales, anecdotes, [Bishopsteignton], P. Gourd (1993) [2], 70, [4]p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library: pB/BIS 7/0001/GOU]

Hall, John J. Bishopsteignton: Its scenic attractions, antiquities and historical associations. (1931) [Westcountry Studies Library, Devon & Exeter Inst.]

Jordan, W.F.C. A further sketch of Bishop's Teignton, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 42, (1910) pp.503-511. [Index]


Land & Property

Jordan, Mary Hall. Notes on Venn in the parish of Bishop's Teignton, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 42, (1910) pp.512-516. [Index]



G., S. Bishop Osbern and his Manor of Bishops Teignton. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VI, (January 1910 to October 1911), pp. 255-256. [Transcript]



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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX910734 (Lat/Lon: 50.550169, -3.5399), Bishopsteignton which are provided by: