"BROAD CLIST, or Broad Clyst, is a pleasant village, in the picturesque valley of the small river Clist, 5 miles N.E. of Exeter. . . . its extensive parish has about 2650 inhabitants, and 10,270 acres of land, extending several miles along the valleys of the rivers Clist and Culm, and comprising many scattered farm-houses, several handsome seats, and the small villages of Beer, Budlake, Westwood, Church Hill, and Black Dog; the latter of which has been built on the Common, since the enclosure in 1832. . . . The manor was held by the Crown at Domesday Survey, but was granted by Henry I. to the Novant family, from whom it passed to the Chudleigh, Arundell, Morice, and other families. In 1808 it was purchased by Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, Bart., M.P., who owns more than half the parish, and resides at KILLERTON HOUSE, a large and handsome mansion, delightfully seated in an extensive and well-wooded deer park . . . . The Church (St. John,) is a large antique fabric, with a lofty tower and six bells. It has a good organ and several neat monuments. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)] 

A parish in Cliston Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter. Columb John is a private chapel of the Acland family; St Paul, Westwood is a modern chapel (1874).



Letters of a Distinguished Physician: Sir Henry Wentworth Acland - "A digital book edited by Jane Rupert".

Acland, Arthur H.D (ed.) Memoirs and letters of the Right Hon. Sir Thomas Dyke Acland. London: Chiswick Press (1902) 409p.

Adams, Maxwell. Sir Charles Thomas Dyke Acland, M.A., D.L., J.P., C.A. [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 51, (1919), pp. 38-39. [Transcript]

Atlay, J.B. Sir Henry Wentworth Acland, Bart, K.C.B., F.R.S. Regius Professor in the University of Oxford, Smith, Elder, & Co.: London (1903) viii + 507 pp.

Brooking-Rowe, J. Sir Henry Wentworth Dyke Acland, Bt, K.C.B, M.D, D.C.L, LL.D, F.R.S. [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. XXXIII, (1901), p. 33. [Transcript]

Julian, Hester Forbes. Sir Henry Wentworth Acland, president of the first Totnes meeting. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 52, (1920) pp.207-222. [Medical practitioner] [Index]

Reynell-Upham, W.U. Edward Drew’s Sword. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. IX, (January 1916 to January 1917), p. 37. [Transcript]



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

Jewell, T. Columb John. Devon Family Historian, No. 84 (Dec. 1997). pp.31- 32.

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



Transcription by Neville Randall of the 1841 Census for Broadclyst (280 kb).


Church History

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

Ashworth, Edward. Account of the Church of St John the Baptist, Broadclyst, Devonshire. Transactions of the Exeter Diocesan Architectural and Archaeological Society, Vol. III (1846), Exeter, illus, pp. 51-60. [Index]

French, E.C.W. A short history of St John the Baptist's Church, Broadclyst. [Broadclyst?]: [The Church?] (1937) 12p. [Westcountry Studies Library - p726.5/BRO/FRE]

Hogben, G.M. St. John the Baptist Church, Broadclyst, Broadclyst, The Church, (1999), 55p. [Available from the Post Office, Broadclyst, and from the Church] [Chapters include ones on Churchwardens Presentments (1671-1790), Rural Dean's Presentments and Visitations (1734-1757), Rural Dean's Records (1823-1989), Clergy of Broadclyst (from the first recorded priest to 1999); families include Arundell, Morice, De Nonant, Chudleigh, Acland, Mallock]

Hogben, G.M. Evidence For Placing Broadclyst Church House Or Church Ale House On The Site Of The Present Red Lion Public House Or Incorporated Within Its Environs, Broadclyst, Broadclyst Local History Society (1999), 4p.

Whitaker, R. Notes on the History of the Church of St John the Baptist, Broadclyst. (1919) 20p. [Westcountry Studies Library - 726.5/BRO/WHI]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1653 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1653 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

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

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

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1818-37 - see Exeter Mint (PRO RG 4/1207, 1208)

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1653-1850, and Marriages 1653-1662, 1685-1850.

Burials 1837 - 1841, 1842 - 1846, 1847 - 1851, 1852 - 1856, 1857 - 1861, 1862 - 1866, 1867 - 1871 and 1872 - 1876, provided by Devon Heritage.

The Deanery of Aylesbeare: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Aylesbeare, Bicton, Branscombe, Broadclyst, Clyst Honiton, Clyst St.George, Clyst St.Mary, Colaton Raleigh, East Budleigh, Farringdon, Harpford, Huxham, Littleham, Lympstone, Otterton, Ottery St. Mary, Pinhoe, Poltimore, Rockbeare, Salcombe Regis, Sidbury, Sidmouth, Sowton, Stoke Canon, Topsham, Venn Ottery, Whimple, Withycombe Raleigh and Woodbury. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850 and Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England 1844, CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2012). [Aylesbeare Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Bicton Bapt: 1813-1843, Mar: 1755-1835, Bur: 1813-1852, Bur: 1725-1845 (BTs); Branscombe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1545-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Broadclyst Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst Honiton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst St. George Bapt: 1813-1837, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst St. Mary Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1840, Bur: 1813-1837; Colaton Raleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; East Budleigh Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; East Budleigh Salem Chapel, Bur: 1832-1837; Farringdon Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1852; Glenorchy Independent Exmouth, Bur: 1784-1818; Harpford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1809-1837; Huxham Bapt: 1813-1852, Mar: 1758-1836, Bur: 1813-1864; Littleham (near Exmouth) Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Lympstone Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Otterton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Ottery St. Mary Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Pinhoe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1844, Bur: 1813-1838; Poltimore Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Rockbeare Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Salcombe Regis Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Sidbury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1830, Bur: 1813-1837; Sidmouth Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Sowton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Stoke Canon Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Topsham Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Venn Ottery Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Whimple Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Withycombe Raleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Woodbury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837.]


Court Records

Register of Freeholders - Braunton, Cliston, & Coleridge c1816, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D126). [Foreword]


Description & Travel

Section on Broadclyst from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Locki

Robinson, Jo. Holidays at Southern Lake in the 1950s, Devon Family History, vol. 177, (2021) pp.42-44.

Official Guide to the Parish of Broadclyst, Devon. With map and illustrations, etc., pp. 16. iii. Home Publishing Co.: Croydon, [1949].[BL 010368.r.18]

You can see pictures of Broadclyst which are provided by:



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



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.

Acland, Eleanor. Goodbye for the present: the story of two childhoods. London: Hodder & Stoughton (1935).

Acland, James R. Aclands - and the sea. [West Stafford?] :[The Author] (1976) xii, 201p: ill; ports. [Westcountry Studies Library - s929.2/ACL]

Acland, Sir Richard. Six generations of change. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 106, (1974) pp.1-16, plates: ports. [Acland family]

Cresswell, Beatrix F. The Mystery of Edward Drew. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, pp. 115-116. [Transcript]

Heriz-Smith, S. The Veitch nurseries of Killerton and Exeter, Garden History 16, 1988, pp. 42-57 & 174-88. [Veitch family, 18-20th c.]

Lega-Weekes, Ethel. The mystery of Edward Drew. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 7:4, (1912) pp.115-116. [Refers to vol.7, p.86, par.61.]

Retter, C.F. Outline notes on the Arscott family, Broadclyst and Clyst Honiton branch. Typescript (1983) 51p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.2/ARS]

Riley, George. A Havill in Haldimand, Devon Family Historian, vol. 114, (2005) pp.30-35. [Richard Havill (1800-1843)]



Sue Davey's Broadclyst pages provide historical information, and parish register extracts.

Broadclyst - the Fire of 1870, from the Illustrated London News.

Killerton, Devon. - 2nd ed. London: National Trust (1978) 32p: ill, plan. [Westcountry Studies Library - p728.8/BRO/NAT]


Land & Property

Spreadsheet transcription of the Tithe Apportionments.

Westcott, Margaret. Surveying the Estates of Henry Courtenay, Earl of Devon, Marquis of Exeter and Traitor, 1543-4. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.199-203. [Okehampton, Chulmleigh, Tiverton, Broadclyst, Colyton, Exminster]

Killerton, Devon (3rd ed.). [SOG Library: DE Tracts Box]



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX981972 (Lat/Lon: 50.765411, -3.446276), Broadclyst which are provided by:


Names, Personal

Protestation Return of 1641/42 from Devon Heritage.


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Bird, Marjorie E. Poor law settlement examinations in Broadclyst: a case study. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 127, (1995) pp.121-144.