"CLAYHIDON, or Clayheadon, is a village and parish on the south side of the Black Down Hills, near the sources of the Culm and the borders of Somersetshire, 4½ miles S.S.W. of Wellington, and 15 miles E.N.E. of Tiverton. It contains 849 inhabitants, and 5089 acres of land, rising in bold hills from the small river Culm to the lofty range of Black Down Hills . . . where the Wellington Monument raises its towering head. This handsome stone pillar was erected by public subscription, in commemoration of the Duke of Wellington and the Victory of Waterloo. A pleasure fair is held near it on Waterloo day. Mrs Gifford, of Wellington, is lady of the manor of Clayhidon, which was anciently held by the Hidon and Dinham families, and afterwards by the Pophams and Sanxeys, the latter of whom sold it to the Giffords. The Blackmore, Farrant, and other families have freehold estates in the parish. . . . The Church (St. Andrew,) is an ancient Gothic structure, with a tower and five bells. . . . The rectory, valued in K.B. at £38. 5s., and in 1831 at £621, is in the patronage of George Burnand, Esq., and the incumbency of the Rev. Henry Tippetts Tucker, M.A., who is also rector of Augersleigh, where he resides. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



Everley, Mike. Just Who Were Henry Hutchings' Grandparents?, Devon Family Historian, vol. 130, (2009) pp.7-8. [b. 1851, Clayhidon]

Guthrie, Sylvia C. What Can You Find in 18th and 19th Century Newspapers?, vol. 112, (2004) pp.26-28. [Items related to Joseph Ford of Exeter, Ann Hilling of Clayhidon, Wiliam Lewis of Hartland, and John Bicknell of Plymouth]



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

A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Church of St Andrew is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 9 of Devon Memorial inscriptions.

Clayhidon Local History Group. The monumental inscriptions of the church and churchyard of St Andrew's Clayhidon. 1986 [Exeter Univ. Lib.]


Church History

Wakeling, Ian E. The history of St. Andrew's Church, Clayhidon, Devon. Clayhidon: Clayhidon PCC (1984) 38p. [Westcountry Studies Library - p726.5/CLA/WAK]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1673 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.

The members' area of the Devon FHS website makes available online images, not at present (Jan 2016) available elsewhere, of the Parish Registers covering Clayhidon Baptisms: 1848-1914, Marriages and Banns: 1803-1815.

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

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1806-31 - see Cullompton (PRO RG 4/958)

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

The Deanery of Dunkeswell, CD012, Devon Family History Society, Exeter (2007). [Contains indexes: Awliscombe - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Churchstanton - Baptisms 1813-1837, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1839; Clayhidon - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Combe Raleigh - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Dunkeswell - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1800-1837; Hemyock - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1635-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Luppitt - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1838, Burials 1813-1837; Sheldon - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1836, Burials 1770-1837; Upottery - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Yarcombe - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837.]

James, Phil. Ancient Cures, Devon Family Historian, no. 187, (2023) pp.40-41 [Provides scans and transcripts of two detailed descriptions of medications found in the Clayhidon Baptisms and Burials register 1752-1800].


Description & Travel

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

Taylor, Anthony. Culm Valley Album, Bradninch, A. Taylor (1987) 191 pp. [Illustrations: 1880-1987] [Westcountry Studies Library xB/CUL 1/1880/TAY]

You can see pictures of Clayhidon which are provided by:



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



Gibbings, Les. Found in Clayhidon Parish Register, Devon Family Historian, vol. 179 (2021) p.43. [Kezia Goldsworthy]

Hutchings, Ian. Found . . . in Clayhidon, Devon Family Historian, vol. 165, (2018) pp.45. [Family of Ellen Hutchings d.1974 & Basil Hutchings d.2011]

Rosewell, Colin J. Rosewell of the Blackdown Hills: a family history 1436-2004 (2017). Pub. Colin J. Rosewell. (2017) 55pp. [Westcountry Studies Library]

Sansom, David. Back Home - After Two Hundred Years, Devon Family Historian, vol. 141, (2012) pp.17-19.

Sanson, David. A Visit to the Blackdown Hills, Devon Family Historian, vol. 144, (2012) pp.5-6.



Thorne, Robert Linham. The history of the Culme valley and its villages: Hemyock, Culmstock, Clayhidon, Dunkeswell, Churchstanton, Uffculme, Wellington, R.L. Thorne (1951) 26 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library DEV/0001/THO]

Clayhidon: a parish on the Blackdowns, Clayhidon Local History Group, CLHG Office, The Old Rectory, Clayhidon, Cullompton, Devon (1999) 116 pp. [ISBN 0953635309]


Land & Property

Spreadsheet transcription of the Tithe Apportionments.



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST160156 (Lat/Lon: 50.933708, -3.196752), Clayhidon which are provided by:


Names, Personal

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


Probate Records

Transcript of the will of Thomas Rowswell (1605) by Anne Keel.

Wills of William Quick (1650),  Mark Quick (1715), William Blackmore (1814)Mary Blackmore (1839)John Farrant (1807), and Samuel Farrant (1847),  transcribed by Art Ames.

The following wills are held in the Somerset Record Office: James Crocke 1676, Henry Chard 1698, Mary Treake 1734, George Pocock 1744, John Chard 1765. (Available from the LDS - LDS film 1526121 item 29 - though described as being of Clayhidon, Dorset.)