"COLLUMPTON or CULLOMPTON, is an ancient market town, consisting chiefly of one long street, pleasantly situated on the west side of the river Culm, and the Bristol and Exeter Railway; 11 miles N.E. by N. of Exeter; . . . Its parish contains 3909 inhabitants, and 8103 acres of fertile land, rising boldly from the Culm valley, and including the scattered houses and the hamlets of Langford, Mutterton, Ponsford, Weaver, Colebrooke, and East Butterleigh, extending more than two miles on all sides of the town. . . . The town suffered severely in 1839, from a dreadful fire, which destroyed about 100 houses and cottages, most of which were covered in that dangerous material, straw thatch. Since this calamity the town has been much improved, and the sites of the old houses thus destroyed have been occupied by neat buildings, with slated roofs. . . . The CHURCH, (St. Andrew,) is a large and handsome Gothic structure, mostly erected in the 15th century, and consisting of a nave, three aisles and a chancel, with a lofty tower, containing eight musical bells, and crowned at each corner by tall and elaborately carved pinnacles. . . . The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £47. 4s. 2d., has a good residence, . . . the Rev. Wm. Sykes, M.A. is patron and incumbent. The Baptists, Independents, Wesleyans, and Unitarians, have chapels here; and the town has a Mental Improvement Society, established in 1849, and a Farmers' Club, supported by a numerous list of subscribers. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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


Archives & Libraries

Cullompton Library website. 

Cullompton Town Council has its own archive of over 800 photographs, postcards, books, maps and other documents. There is an electronic database of the items and the archive can be contacted at archive[at]cullomptontowncouncil.gov[dot]uk. The database is soon to be made available online.



Adams, Maxwell (Ed.). Thomas Turner [Obituary]. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  XLII, (1910), pp.51-52. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.). Alfred Newton Miller [Obituary]. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  47, (1915), p. 52. [Transcript]

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.). The Hon. William Lionel Charles Walrond [Obituary]. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  48, (1916), pp. 53-54. [Transcript]

Colonel Sir Frederick Robert Upcott, K.C.V.O., C.S.I.The Hon. William Lionel Charles Walrond [Obituary]. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 51, (1917), pp. 45-46. [Transcript]

Blackmore, Roy. The Moore family of Moorehayes and St Andrew's Church, Cullompton, 23 pp.

Blackmore, Roy. The Life and Times of Bishop John Moore, The Bishop of Norwich and Ely 1646-1714, 15 p.

Rogers, W.H.H. Two Tudor merchants of the Staple of Tiverton and Cullompton. Devon Notes & Queries 2:2, (1902). [John Lane, merchant] [Index]

Smith, Margaret. Was Your Ancestor Employed at Hillersdon, Cullompton? Notes on the life and times of Elizabeth Mary Walter, b. 1864, servant to William John Alexander Grant, Explorer and Photographer, Devon Family Historian, vol. 168, (2018) pp.14-17.


Business & Commerce Records

Davy, A.J. Pannell of Cullompton. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 8:5, (1915) pp.136. [Pannell, Bowring & Brown: woollen manufacturers.]



Cullompton burials 1858-2010 are included in DeceasedOnline's database (subscription).

[Monumental Inscriptions (church) - extracts], Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 42, (1910) pp.187-203. [See Internet Archive copy]


Church History

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

St Andrew's Church (archived copy) - photograph and brief history.

Vicars and Patrons in Nineteenth Century Cullompton, by David Pugsley.

Devon FHS Library holds copies of St Andrews Parish magazine for 1896/7, 1899, 1901.

Carus-Wilson, Eleanora, The Significance of the Secular Sculptures in the Lane Chapel, Cullompton, Mediaeval Archaeology vol. 1, (1957) pages 104-117. 

Chalk, E.S. The Church of St Andrew, Cullompton. Trans. Devon Assoc. 42 (1910) pp.182-205. [Index]

Chanter, Rev. J F. Tenth Report of the Committee on Church Plate - Deaneries of Collumpton and Tiverton. Report and Transactions of the Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature and the Arts. Vol 51, 5th Series, Plymouth: W Brendan & Son (1919). Paper read at Tiverton, 23rd July, illus. pp 80-113. [Deaneries of Collumpton and Tiverton] [Index]

Delagarde, Philip Chilwell. An account of the church of St. Andrew, Collumpton. Exeter Diocesan Architectural Soc. Trans. 1 ser, v. 3, (1849) pp.52-61. [Index]

Delagarde, Philip Chilwell. A Supplement to an Account of the Church of S. Andrew, Cullumpton, descriptive of its Mural Paintings. Exeter Diocesan Architectural Soc. Trans. 1 ser, v. 3, (1849) pp. 260 - 275. [Index]

Hughes, Thomas Cann. Vicars of Cullompton since the Commonwealth. Trans. Devon Assoc. 42 (1910) pp.206-214. [Index]

Macek, Pearson M. An English Boss of Four Faces, Bulletin of the University of Michigan Museums of Art and Archeology, Volume 8, pp. 14-26. 1986, [Full text]

Pugsley, David (ed.). Our Vicars, by Lewis Uppcott. St. Andrew's Church Rest. Fund, (1985).

Pugsley, David. St. Andrew's church Cullompton. Derby: English life (1993) 12 pp. ISBN: 0851013023 (pbk).

Rose-Troup, F. The Five Prebends of Cullompton Church. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 129 (936) pp.139-141.

Smirke, Edward. Notice on some obscure words in the inscription on the Lane Chantry at Collumpton. Exeter Diocesan Architectural Soc. Trans. 1 ser, v. 3, (1849) pp.62-65. [Index]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1601 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1609 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection (archived copy).

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 together with Burials 1818-1823 for Cullompton Presbyterian Chapel - 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 Cullompton Baptisms: 1884-1915, Banns: 1910-1915, Burials: 1879-1915, Marriages: 1906-1915.

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

  • Baptist Chapel, High Street: Registers for 1803-1959 (C) at DRO
  • Congregational Chapel, Tiverton Lane: Registers for 1831-37 (ZC) in PRO RG 4/433, 520
  • Presbyterian/Unitarian Chapel, Pound Square: Registers for 1693-1823 (ZC) 1823-37 (ZCB) in PRO RG 4/13, 2097, 519; 1756-1923 (CMB) at DRO
  • Wesleyan Chapel, New Cut: Registers for 1806-31 (ZC) in PRO RG 4/958; 1905-90 (C), 1934-44 (M) at DRO; c1812-37 - see also Exeter Mint, Tiverton (RG 4/1207, 1208, 342
  • Society of Friends, Cullompton and Spiceland: Registers for 1778-90 (C) 1779-92 (B) in PRO RG 6/270, 271
  • Society of Friends Meeting House: Registers for 1650-1783 (Z), 1664-1790 (M), 1658-1797 (B) including Cullompton and other places RG 6/1033

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Presbyterian Chapel Christenings 1694-1836, Tiverton Lane Independent Chapel Christenings 1831-1836, Wesleyan Chapel Christenings 1805-1831.

Cullompton Baptisms (1601-1699), Baptisms (1700-1760), Marriages (1601-1754), Burials (1602-1699) and Burials (1700-1773), transcribed by Peter Bazley.

Cullompton Baptisms, Marriages and Burials (March 1750 - April 1753), Baptisms (July 1754 - December 1777), (January 1778 - December 1797) and (January 1798 - December 1812), and Burials (April 1754 - December 1773), (January 1774 - December 1777), (January 1778 - December 1797) and (January 1798 - December 1812), transcribed by Elizabeth Howard.

Saunders, Rebecca. Conservation of Cullompton Parish register - Banns & Marriages, 1795-1823, Devon Family Historian, no. 125, (Feb 2008) pp.34-36. [Includes transcript of letter from Mary Pingstone of Tiverton]

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].


Court Records

Moore, Susan T. Family Feuds - Introduction to Chancery Court Records, Devon Family Historian, vol. 157, (2016) pp.34-37. [Tutorial article - the one Devon-related case concerns one Robert Andrews of Cullompton]


Description & Travel

The Cullompton Town Council Web-site provides local, historical, and much other information.

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

Cully Online (archived copy) is a general web-site that includes historical information and photographs of Cullompton.

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

You can see pictures of Cullompton which are provided by:



Cullompton description from Pigot 1844, transcribed by Caroline Tilbury.

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



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.

The Blackmore's of Sheldon and Cullompton (archived copy), by Roy Blackmore.

Bazley, Peter. Positive Proof or, as always, More Questions to be Answered, Devon Family Historian, vol. 107, (2003) pp.18-19. [Bazley Family]

Hertford, Henry. A Cullompton Worthy, Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 19, 1936, 132-6. [Raymond: Robert Cockram, 1553-1632, fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, and his ancestors.]

Hertford, Henry. Robert Cockram: a Cullompton worthy, Notes & Queries 170, 1936, pp. 401-2.

Moore, Cecil. Genealogical memoranda of the family of De La Moor or Moore de Moorehayes in the parish of Collumpton, in the county of Devon, from A.D. 1120 (circa) to A.D. 1884. London: Mitchell and Hughes (1884) 12 pp.: ill.

Pidgeon, Ian. The Pidgeons of Cullompton, Devon Family Historian, vol. 145, (2013) pp.24-30. [Family of John Pidgeon, miller, who married Joan Bower in Cullompton in 1748.]

Pedigree of the family of De La Moor or Moore de Moorhayes in the parish of Cullompton in the county of Devon. Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica (New Series), 4, 1884, pp. 413-16.

Schofield, Kay. The Martin Family of Devon, Bristol and Sydney, Devon Family Historian, vol. 162, (2017) pp.28-36. [Descendants of James Martin, b. Cullompton c1796 - a detailed illustrated account.]

Strawbridge, Ann and Strawbridge, Nigel. Who Was Dorothy Moore?, Devon Family Historian, vol. 166, (2018) pp.41-46. [Dorothy Trobridge, m. William Moor of Moorhayes, who d. 1518 - a detailed study of visitations, church heraldry, legal documents, etc.]

Templeton, John. James Rice: Devon to Newfoundland Two Centuries Ago, Devon Family Historian, vol. 165, (2018) pp.15-17. [Family of James Rice, who emigrated 1n 1807]



Finding Cullompton's History, by David Pugsley - a very useful summary of published accounts.

Possessioning the Cullompton Town Lake, by David Pugsley.

Accounts of the history of Cullompton, from the 1850 edition and the 1878-79 edition of William White's History, Gazetteer & Directory of Devon, transcrbed by Caroline Tilbury.

Brief History of Cullompton, from the Cullompton Town Council website.

C.A.R.R. Cullompton. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 35:7, (1985) pp.264. [Additions to article by David Pugsley.]

Foster, Murray T. A Short History of Cullompton. Trans. Devon Assoc. 42 (1910) pp. 156- 181. [Index]

Foster, Murray T. and Edwin Spencer Chalk. Cullompton: A Short History. (1964) [SoG Library Devon Tracts Box]

Gentry, F.D. Take Care of your Fire and Candle [11 fires in Devon towns]. Devon Books (1985) 138p. [ISBN 0861147596] [Devon FHS Library 929.35]

Grant, W.C., Overy, Henry and Foster, James M. The Town on the Culme (1985). [Devon FHS Library 942.35/CUL]

Gray, Todd. William Luccombe and the Iron Oaks of Hillersden in 1796. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.88-90. [Cullompton]

Grubb, Geoffrey W. Old Cullompton (ed. by David Pugsley) (1986). [Devon FHS Library 942.35/CUL]

Leonard, Jane. Cullompton past and present. Exeter: Obelisk,1994, 32 pp. ISBN: 0946651949 (pbk).

Little, B. Exeter, Crediton, Cullompton, Exmouth, Ottery St Mary, Tiverton and Topsham. B. T. Batsford: London, 1953 pp.166.

Mitchell, J.C. Eight Views of Cullompton and Neighbourhood, together with a concise compilation of explanatory particulars and description. I. Frost Fore Street, Cullompton (1851). [Reprinted, Maslands Ltd, Tiverton, 1991].

Moore, J., Rice, R. & Hucker, E. (1995). Bilbie and the Chew Valley clockmakers: the story of the renowned family of Somerset bellfounder-clockmakers. The authors. ISBN 0-9526702-0-8. [Contains information on the bellmakers of Cullompton]

Morris, Judy (2007). The Second Book of Cullompton. Wellington, Somerset: Halsgrove. ISBN 978-1-84114-625-6.

Pugsley, David (ed.) Dreadful Fire at Cullompton. Cullompton & District Weekly News - Special Edition. (8 July 1839) 11pp [Full text - PDF (provided by Nick Savage, with the editor's permission)]

Pugsley, David (ed.) Pages from the past. Cullompton: Cullompton Church Restoration Fund (1986) 36p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/CUL 3/0001/PUG]

Pugsley, David. Old Cullompton. Cullompton: Cullompton Ch.Res (1986) 48p: ill,port.

Pugsley, David. Old Cullompton (part 2): Elias Baker v. vicar Sykes. Cullompton: Cullompton Ch. Res (1987) 40p: ill, map.

Rammell, Thomas Webster. Report to the General Board of Health on a preliminary inquiry into the sewerage, drainage, and supply of water, and the sanitary condition of the inhabitants of the parish of Cullompton, in the county of Devon. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode. for Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1854, 21 pp., [1] folded leaf of plates: map.

Ravenhill, Mary. Sir William Courten and Mark Pierce's Map of Cullompton of 1633. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.xix-xxiii.

The Book of Cullompton, Compiled by the People of the Parish (Halsgrove Community History Series), Halsgrove House, Lower Moor Way, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6SS, UK, Halsgrove Publishing (2001) 160 pp. [ISBN 1841141178] [Index (A-E), Index (F-M), Index (N-Y)]


Land & Property

Cresswell, Beatrix F. Lease of land at Colompton. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 9:2, (1916) pp.44-47. [Index] [Transcript]

Elliot, John. Devon homes - The Waldrons, Cullompton. Devon Life vol. 10 no. 88 (1973) pp.25-27; ill.

Kington, N.D. The disappearing mills. Devon Life vol. 5 no. 40, (1969) pp.34-35; ill.



Reichel, Oswald J. Est Hillerdon. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VI, (January 1910 to October 1911), p. 22. [Transcript]



Ravenhill, Mary. Sir William Courten and Mark Pierce's Map of Cullompton of 1633. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.xix-xxiii.

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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST021071 (Lat/Lon: 50.8551, -3.39222), Cullompton which are provided by:


Military History

Cullompton War Memorial web-site (archived copy) - "the aim of this project is to research and record for interested parties details of the 71 men who gave their lives in the Great War and the 17 men who gave their lives in the Second World War".


Names, Geographical

Authers, W.P. Alternative names for Cullompton. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 34:5, (1980) pp.213-214.

Pugsley, David. The town on the Culm. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 35:6, (1984) pp.201-209. [On the correct form of the name of Cullompton.]


Names, Personal

Names from an 1822-23 edition of Pigot's Directory.


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Transcripts of List of Paupers in the Cullompton Workhouse for 21 September 1747 and 18 August 1748, provided by Art Ames.

Cullompton Bastardy Orders Book 1821-1827Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D025). [Foreword]

Cullompton Register of Bastardy Applications - 1850-1859, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D026). [Foreword]


Probate Records

Transcript of the will of John More (1639), provided by Pam Simons.

The wills of Henry Cruwys (1760) and Jane Cruwys (1765), transcribed by Debbie Kennett.

Transcript of the will of Thomas Chancey (1808), held at Newfoundland's Grand Banks Site.

Transcript of the will of Elizabeth Elworthy (1857), provided by Ros Dunning.

Transcripts of the wills of Thomas Castleman Bilbie (1814),  Mark Farrant (1845)Ferdinando Mills (1799), Samuel Plumpton (1818), Richard Pring (1823), and Ambrose Shere (1840), provided by Art Ames.


Public Records

Burrow, F. (ed.). The Public Charities Belonging to the Parish of Cullompton. (1873) [Westcountry Studies Library]