Clyst St Lawrence


"CLIST ST LAWRENCE, a small village in the deep and narrow valley of the small river Clist, 9 miles N.E. of Exeter, has in its parish only 168 souls, and 1060 acres of land. The manor and most of the soil belong to Elize Hele's Charity, . . . The manor was anciently held by the Valletorts, and afterwards by the Pollards and Heles. The Church (St. Lawrence,) is a Norman structure, with a tower and five bells, and was repaired in 1848, when the east window was enriched with stained glass. The interior is neatly fitted up, and has a handsomely carved and gilt screen. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £9. 4s. 4½d., and in 1831 at £265, is in the patronage of Exeter Church Charity Trustees, and incumbency of the Rev. C.E. Walkey, B.A., who has a good modern residence, and 47A. 3R. 30P. of glebe. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



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


Church History

Clyst St Lawrence - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1539 are held in the Devon Record Office.

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

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

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 St Lawrence from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Lockie.

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



Benson, J. The Valletorts of Clyst St Lawrence, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 20 (6), 1939, pp. 247-54. [Medieval]



Greig, David. Clyst St. Lawrence: a parish history. 1995 [Exeter Univ. Lib.]

Worley, R.J. Clyst St. Lawrence: a brief history. Typescript [1976] 24p. [Westcountry Studies Library - pxB/CLY 7/0001/WOR]


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 SY026999 (Lat/Lon: 50.790458, -3.383204), Clyst St Lawrence which are provided by:


Probate Records

Transcript of the will of Grace Full (1843), provided by Philip Steer.

Transcript of the will of John Snell (1824), provided by Ros Dunning.