Clyst Hydon


"CLIST HYDON, or Clyst Hydon, a small village in the valley, near the source of the river Clist, 4 miles S. by E. of Collumpton, and 10 miles N.E. of Exeter, has in its parish 325 souls, and 2725A. of land, including several scattered farms and neat houses. Mrs. Huyshe is lady of the manor of Clist Hydon, which was long held by the ancient family of Hidon. John Mathew, Esq., is lord of the manor of Anke or Aunck, and has a handsome seat here called Ratcliff's House, encompassed by a woody lawn. He also owns Farrant Hayes; but a great part of the parish belongs to J. Pinsent, E. Wish, Mrs. Drew, J.R. Salter, A.T. Follett, and several other freeholders. The Church (St. Andrew,) is a fine antique fabric, with a tower and five bells. . . . The rectory, valued in K.B. at £20. 0s. 7½d., and in 1831 at £494, is in the patronage of Mrs. Harriet Huyshe, and the incumbency of the Rev. John Huyshe, M.A. who has a good residence and 89A. of glebe.. . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



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


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1548 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1548 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1790-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1552-1837, and Marriages 1548-1837.

Sellman, R.R. Clyst Hydon, Devon: edited transcript of parish registers to 1837, with family reconstitutions and other evidence. Typescript (1991) 93p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.3/CLY/1548]

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Bradninch, Broadhembury, Buckerell, Butterleigh, Clyst Hydon, Clyst St. Lawrence, Cullompton, Feniton, Kentisbeare, Payhembury, Plymtree, Rewe, Silverton and Talaton. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850 and Kelly's Directory of Devonshire 1902. CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2009). [Bradninch Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Broadhembury Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Buckerell Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1841; Butterleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst Hydon Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1790-1837; Clyst St. Lawrence Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1814-1851; Cullompton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Feniton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1790-1837; Kentisbeare Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1839, Bur: 1813-1837; Payhembury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1800-1837; Plymtree Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1541-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Rewe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1780-1837; Silverton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Talaton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1836, Bur: 1800-1837].


Description & Travel

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

You can see pictures of Clyst Hydon which are provided by:



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



The Online Parish Clerk for this parish is Chris Graves, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: PRs.)

Kirkley née Hall, Christine. Looking for a Hole (or Hall) in My Brick Wall, Devon Family Historian, vol. 168, (2018) pp.37-41.

Kirkley née Hall, Christine. Still Looking for a Hole/Hall in My Brick Wall, Devon Family Historian, vol. 169, (2019) p.29.





Head, D. Manor of Heppastebe. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 36:6, (1989) pp.217-219. [Hebstubbs]



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST035016 (Lat/Lon: 50.805891, -3.370887), Clyst Hydon which are provided by:


Names, Personal

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


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Chris Whitehead has made transcribed the records of the Overseers of the Poor Records for Clyst Hydon, and has produced this set of lists of vestrymen from the first of two account books Vol. 1 (1711-1799). (A second volume is "not fit for production".)



Head, David. Chalk, talk and all that!: Clyst Hydon School 1620- 1990. [Clyst Hydon]: Clyst Hydon School Association,1991, 125 pp. ill., ports. ISBN: 0951645900 (pbk).