"The Isca of Ptolemy and Antoninus in Devonshire. The environs of the city are hilly, and afford a variety of delightful prospects. Its port is properly at Topsham, 5 miles below, but vessels of 150 tons come up to the quay here. Here is a noble cathedral, (for it is one of the sees of the bishops of the Church of England), court-houses, public institutions for charity and education, &c. It is the seat of an extensive foreign and domestic commerce, and particularly it had a share in the fisheries of Newfoundland and Greenland. Here are flourishing manufactories of serges and other woollen goods. It is seated on the river Exe, over which it has a long stone bridge. It is 173 miles from London. Markets, Wednesday and Friday. Population, 31,312." (From Barclay's Complete and Universal English Dictionary, 1842.)


Archives & Libraries

Maxted: "The City of Exeter has one of the finest collections of archives of any provincial town in England". See:

Historical Manuscripts Commission. Report on the Records of the City of Exeter. HMSO, London (1916) 552 pp.[Based on catalogue at Exeter Guildhall, 1115-1889] [Full text and index]

The Devon & Exeter Institution - a private collection containing much West Country material and nineteenth century materials, part of Exeter University Library.

Exeter University Library - home page, with link to the online catalogue.

Exeter Synagogue Archive - articles, photographs, transcriptions, etc.

The Grecian Archive - the history and heritage of Exeter City Football Club.

Royal Albert Museum (RAMM) - "Exeter's world-class museum and art gallery".

Tapley-Soper, H. Manuscripts of the late Robert Dymond. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VI, (January 1910 to October 1911), p.191. [Transcript]



Adams, Maxwell. An index to the printed literature relating to the antiquities, history, and topography of Exeter. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 33, (1901) pp.270-308. [Index]

Brushfield, T.N. The Bibliography of the Rev George Oliver DD of Exeter.. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 17 (1885), illus. pp. 266-276. [Index]



Listing of published genealogies and biographies relating to Exeter.

Some interesting or famous people with connections to Exeter, by David Cornforth - photographs and brief accounts.

An account of Charles Dickens' connections to Exeter, on the Devon C.C. website (archived copy).

A (downloadable) 3-volume PhD Thesis by Kate Osborne,  Illuminating the Chorus in the Shadows: Elizabethan and Jacobean Exeter 1550-1610, pulls together a vast amount of archival information about Exeter citizens between 1550 and 1610: civic leaders, gentry, merchants, tradesmen, craftsmen, wills, inventories, apprentices, godparents, households, etc., including 95 "biographies": Vol. 1, (Main text) Vol. 2, (95 biographies) Vol. 3 (Data tables, maps).

Richard Parker, Ringleader of the Nore Naval Mutiny, Hanged for Treason in 1797… and his fake heir, an article by Peter Selley.

Bayer, Penny. The Clear Countenance: the Colesworthys of Topsham and Exeter and the Society of Friends (Black Oar, 2022) 177p. ["They were Quakers and their acceptance into the merchant class is an underlying theme running through this well researched publication.']

Brooking-Rowe, J. Henry A. Willey [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  XXXVII, (1905), pp. 40-41. [Transcript]

Brownlow, Very Rev Canon. Christmas with Bishop Grandisson. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 20, (1888), pp. 352-372. [Index]

Fuller, Thomas. (1811). History of the Worthies of England. Vol I:. London: John Nicholls (1811), 601 pp. [Index to Exeter Section]

Gray, Todd. Not one of us: Individuals set apart by choice, circumstances, crowds, or the mob in Exeter, 1451-1952, Mint Press (2018) 304 pp. [ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1903356722] ["Subjects include: Campaigners; Traitors; Macaronis; Royals; Murderers; Suffragettes; Eccentrics; Zealots Actors; Cannibals; Spies; Fifth Columnists; Heroes; Prostitutes; Rioters; Reformers; Lepers; Bolsheviks; and Aliens"]

Harpley, Rev. W.Hawker, Rev. Treasurer. Myles Coverdale. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 10, (1878), pp. 209-214. [Index]

Hawker, Rev. Robert, DD. (1811). Memoir of the Life and Writings of the Late Rev Henry Tanner of Exeter, with a Selection of his Writings. 2nd Edition (Corrected), London: J D Dewick, Barbican; Printed for T Williams, Stationer's Court. illus, xii, 324 pp. [Index]

James, Rev. William. Memoir of the late Rev Henry Acton of Exeter. London: Chapman Brothers, 121 Newgate-Street. H,C. Evans, Printer, Clare Street, Bristol (1846). illus. 104 pp. [Index]

Jones, Winslow. Memoranda on the Lucombe Oak and Governor Holwell. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 12, (1880), pp. 417-419. [Index]

Kilpin, Samuel. Memoir of Rev. Samuel Kilpin, of Exeter, with some extracts from his correspondence, to which is Added His Narrative of Samuel Wyke Kilpin, New York, American Tract Society (1835) 144 pp.

Lancefield, Arthur P. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, pp. 251-255. [Transcript]

Moore, John. “An Unprofitable Servant”, Devon Family Historian, no. 180, (2021) pp.31. [Roger Mallock]

Pimblett, Roger. Payn - Tea and Coffee Specialists, Exeter, Devon Family Historian, no. 187, (2023) pp.6-8. [Philip Henry Payn (d. 1940)]

Tremaine-Bridges, E. Letter to Tasmania, Devon Family Historian, vol. 119, (2006) pp.25-27. [By Ann Western (Hart) of Exeter to son John Western, who had been transported to Tasmania in 1842.]

Wheaton, Anthony J. A lasting Impression - A History of the Wheatons in Exeter. AJW Publishing (2017) 184pp. [ISBN: 9781527213272]

Worthy, Lieutenant C. A Memoir of Bishop Stapledon. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. (1876). pp. 442-452. [Index]

Born in Exeter, Exeter, Historical Society of Hele's School (1950) 144 pp. [Sabine Baring-Gould; Nicholas Hilliard; Richard Hooker, etc.]


Business & Commerce Records

Youings, Joyce. Tuckers Hall, Exeter: The history of a provincial company (1968). [Devon FHS Library 942.35/EXE]

The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter, and the Ockenden Convalescent Home, Torquay: 1928 Annual Statements, Exeter, W.V. Cole & Sons (printers) (1929) xvi + 102 + xviii pp.



MIs for The Mint, Wesleyan Chapel, Mint Lane, for the Society of Friends Meeting House, Magdalen Street, and for the Synagogue, St Mary Arches Street, are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.

MIs for 1807-1958 are given at the Exeter Synagogue web site

The Jews Cemetery at Exeter - history and MI transcriptions.

Exeter's cemeteries and graves - from Exeter Memories.

Exeter Higher Cemetery (archived copy) - from WWiCemeteries.com.

Exeter City Council's Bereavement Services Alphabetical Index Cards - relating to over 100,000 burials at Exwick, Higher and Topsham cemeteries.

Listings of Exeter Interments (1889 and 1991) from Trewman's Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser, from the Old Mersey Times site.

Listings of Exeter Interments (Mar - May 1898), (Jan - Dec 1899) and (Jan - Dec 1900) from Trewman's Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser, provided by Bev Edmonds.

Exeter Dissenters Graveyard Trust website - well-illustrated, provides a "virtual tour" facility.

Burial Index Cards - listing over 100,000 burials at Exeter City Council's Exwick, Higher and Topsham Cemeteries.

Coe, B.G. and G. Read, Exeter Dissenters' Graveyard: A brief history of a Georgian burial ground from 1748 to 2018. Exeter Dissenters' Graveyard Trust (2018) 30pp. [ISBN 978-1-5272-2430-8] [Review in Gen. Mag. 33, 1 (Mar 2019) p.32.]

O.P. Moss. List of Recorded Interments at the Friend's Burial Ground in Exeter, Devon Family Historian, No. 61, Feb. 1992, pp. 22-27.



Cooper, Di and Moira Donald. Households and hidden kin in early nineteenth-century England: four case studies in suburban Exeter, 1821-1861. Continuity & Change 10 (1995), pp. 257-278. [Describes a longitudinal study based on census enumerators' books of 4 households.]

Stanes, Robin. The Compton census for the Diocese of Exeter, 1676 9, (1974) pp.14-27, 10 (1975 pp. 4-16.

Susser, Bernard. Jews (Identified & Supposed) in the 1841-1891 censuses: Exeter (1841-1861), Falmouth (1851), Penzance (1851), Plymouth (1841-1891), Torquay (1851). Stroud (1881, 1891) transcribed by Harold Pollins, Studies in Anglo-Jewish History, vol. 1, (1996). [Contents now incorporated into the JewishGEN UK Database]


Church History

History of St Nicholas' Priory Exeter (archived copy), by David Nash Ford.

Churches of Exeter - website providing photographs and brief histories.

Primitive Methodist Chapels in the Exeter district.

Barnes, Ralph. Liber Pontificalis of Edmund Lacy, Bishop of Exeter: A manuscript of the fourteenth century. Exeter, William Roberts, 197 High Street (1847) 328pp. [Preface] [Surname index]

Barry, Jonathan. Exeter in 1688: The Trial of the Seven Bishops. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.7-14.

Boggis, R. J. Edmund (Robert James Edmund). A history of the diocese of Exeter. Exeter, Printed by W. Pollard & Co., ltd.,1922, 5 pp. l., [ix]- xvi, 625 pp.

Brockett, Allan. NonConformity in Exeter 1650-1875, Manchester Univ. Press (1962) 259pp. [ISBN-10: 0719010020]

Brockett, Allan. The Political and Social Influence of Exeter Dissenters, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 184-193, (1961) pp.133-145.

Brockett, Allan, (Ed.). The Exeter Assemby: The Minutes of the Assemblies of the United Brethren of Devon and Cornwall, 1691-171, as Transcribed by the Reverend Isaac Gilling, Torquay, Devon and Cornwall Record Society New Series, Volume 6 (1963) xvi + 157 pp. [Full text at LDS Familysearch]

Brushfield, T.N. The Bishopric of Exeter, 1419-20: A Contribution to the History of the See. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 18, (1886), illus. pp. 229-260. [Index]

Carpenter, S.C. The See of Exeter 1050-1950, Exeter, James Townsend & Sons (1950). [Index] [SOG Library: DE Tracts Box] [Westcountry Studies Library p270/WES/CAR]

Chanter, Rev. J F. Fourth Report of the Church Plate Committee - Deanery of Exeter and its Suburbs. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 44, (1912), illus. pp. 86-125. [Index]

Chick, Elijah. A History of Methodism in Exeter and the Neighbourhood: From the Year 1739 until 1907. Exeter (1907) 180pp.

Cook, M. (ed.) The Diocese of Exeter in 1821: Bishop Carey's Replies to Queries Before Visitation. Vol. II: Devon, Devon & Cornwall Record Society New Series, vol. 4, (1960) pp.xix + 206.

"Communicated". The Close of St. Andrews. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, pp. 131-134. See also vol. VII., par. 76, p. 108. [Transcript]

Cresswell, Beatrix F. Exeter churches: notes on the history, fabrics and features of interest in the churches of the Deanery of Christianity Devon, Exeter, James G. Commin (1908) 224 pp. [Index]

Dunstan, G. R. The register of Edmund Lacy, bishop of Exeter, A.D. 1420-1455, Registrum Commune. Torquay, England : Devonshire Press, (1963, 1966, 1968, 1971, 1972) 5 vols. [Full text at LDS Familysearch]

F., R.C. Cross Friars of Exeter. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VI, (January 1910 to October 1911), p. 90. [Transcript]

Freeman, Edward V. Some parishes and parishoners of six hundred years ago. Exeter Diocesan Architectural Soc. Trans. 3 ser, v. 2, (1907) pp.89-98.

Francis, David. Lost Churches, Discovering Exeter No. 7, Exeter Civic Society (1995) 60p. [ISBN 0950587354] [Devon FHS Library p942.35/EXE] [Index]

Gray, Todd. Exeter Engraved - The Cathedral, Churches, Chapels and Priories vol 2, The Mint Press (2000) 228 pp. [ISBN 1-903356-08-3]

Harding, Lieutenant Colonel William. A paper on the Church and Chantry on the Ancient Exe Bridge. In Exeter Diocesan Architectural Soc. Trans. 1 ser, v. 3, (1849), pp. 165-172. [Index]

Harding, Lt Colonel William. An account of some of the ecclesiastical edifices of Exeter. Exeter Diocesan Architectural Soc. Trans. 1 ser, v. 4, (1853) pp 109-127. [Index]

Harding, Lt Colonel William. An account of some of the ecclesiastical edifices of Exeter - Part II. Exeter Diocesan Architectural Soc. Trans. 1 ser, v. 4, (1853) pp 255-284. [Index]

Horn, Joyce M. Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1300-1541: Volume 9, Exeter Diocese. Institute of Historical Research (1964) [Traces the chronology and careers of the bishops and senior clergy of Exeter cathedral and diocese] [Searchable online text]

Hughes, T. Cann & Eds. The Close of S. Andrews. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, p 108. [Transcript]

Jacobson, Walter. Around the Churches of Exeter, (2001). [ISBN 1899073590] [Devon FHS Library p942.35/EXE]

Jones, John. An Account of the Ancient Constitution, Discipline and Usages of the Cathedral Church of Exeter; in a Letter to Charles Baratty Esq, FSA. Archaeologia, or Miscellaneous Tracts Relating to Antiquity. Volume 18, London: Society of Antiquaries (1817) pp. 385-416. [Index]

Lega-Weekes, Ethel. An Account of the Hospitium de le Egle, Some Ancient Chapels in the Close, and Some Persons Connected Therewith. Trans. Devon Assoc. 44 (1912) pp.480-511. [Index]

Little, A.G and Easterling, R.C. The Franciscans and Dominicans of Exeter (History of Exeter Research Group Monograph No 3), Exeter, A. Wheaton (1927) 92 pp.

M,. R.B. Exeter Clergy of 1415. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 15 (1928-29) pp.86-88.

Norris, Thomas George, Esq. A Paper on the Statue of St Peter, North Street, Exeter. In Exeter Diocesan Architectural Soc. Trans. Vol 1, (Second Series). Exeter: William Pollard, North Street (1862). Read at the College Hall, Exeter, 22nd September. pp. 159-162. [Index]

Oliver, George. Ancient Church within the Castle of Exeter. Archaeological Journal 11 (1954) pp.157-164.

Orme, Nicholas. The Minor Clergy of Exeter Cathedral 1300-1548: A List of the Minor Officers, Vicars Choral, Annuellars, Secondaries and Choristers, Exeter, University of Exeter (1980) xxviii + 164 pp.

Orme, Nicholas. The medieval clergy of Exeter Cathedral. 1: The vicars and annuellars. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 113, (1981) pp.79-102.

Parry, H.L. and Brakspear, H. St. Nicholas Priory, Exeter, Exeter, W.J. Spottiswoode (1917) 46 pp.

Payne, Ian. The vicars choral of Exeter Cathedral: a disciplinary study c.1540-c.1640. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 115, (1983) pp.101-122: ill.

Pearson, Rev George, BD. (Ed.). Remains of Myles Coverdale, Bishop of Exeter. Cambridge: Edited for the Parker Society; Cambridge University Press (1846), xxiv, 624 pp. [Index]


Pearson, The Rev. Canon J.B. The Canon in Residence. Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  48, (1916), pp. 260-266. [Index]

Pierce, James. A Defence of the Case of the Ministers Ejected at Exon. Exeter: Andrew Brice at the Head of the Serge-Market (1719) 33 pp. [Index]

Rose-Troup, Frances. Exeter vignettes: Clarembald and the miracles of Exeter; Exeter in Norman days; the murder of the precentor, Manchester University Press, for the University College of the South-west of England (1942) 57 pp.

Reynolds, Herbert. A Short History of the Ancient Diocese of Exeter:. From the Conquest to the Church Congress of 1894, Exeter, (1895) xi + 458 + xxvii pp. [Full text]

Shalice, John. Methodism in Exeter and Neighbourhood, Devon Family Historian, vol. 108, (2003) pp.5-10. [Summarises Chick (1907)]

Snell, Lawrence Sylvester, (Ed.). The chantry certificates for Devon and the city of Exeter, Exeter, J. Townsend and Sons (printer) (1960) xxiv, 98 pp.

Walker, Hilder M. Notes for a Study of Bishop Walter de Stapledon and the Church in the West Country in the Early Fourteenth Century, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 93, (1961) pp.310-328.

Wickes, M.J.L. John Wesley in Devon, 1739-1789, Plymouth and Exeter Methodist District. Bideford, Devon: Michael Wickes Publications (1988) 43 pp.

Youings, Joyce A. The City of Exeter and the Property of the Dissolved Monasteries. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 84 (1952) pp.122-41.

Exeter Diocesan Directory (1994). [Devon FHS Library 282.4235]

Pamphlet guides to the church buildings of the Parish of Central Exeter: being St Martin's, St Mary Arches, St Olave's, St Pancras, St Petrock's and St Stephen's. [Exeter] [c/o St Stephen's Church, High St., Exeter]: Central Exeter PCC,1982, [25] pp. ill., maps.


Church Records

Extracts, taken from the St Sidwell burials register, listing men who had been executed, mainly in Heavitree, during the period 1569-1763 (archived copy).

Society of Friends, Exeter Monthly Meeting Births, marriages and burials, 1694-1794 and 1776-1837.

Dunstan, G.R. The Register of Edmund Lacy, Bishop of Exeter 1420-1455, vol. 3, Devon and Cornwall Record Society, No. 13 (1968). [Devon FHS Library 274.23505]

Dunstan, G.R. The Register of Edmund Lacy, Bishop of Exeter 1420-1455, vol. 4, Devon and Cornwall Record Society, No. 16 (1971). [Devon FHS Library 274.23505]

Hingeston-Randolph, Rev. F.C. The Register of Edmund Stafford, (A.D. 1395 - 1419): an Index and Abstract of its Contents, London, George Bell and Sons (1886). [Full text]

Hingeston-Randolph, Rev. F.C. The Register of Walter Bronescombe (A.D. 1257-1280) and Peter Quivil (A.D. 1280-1291). Bishop of Exeter. With some Records of the Episcopate of Bishop Thomas de Bytton (A.D. 1292-1307); also the Taxation of Pope Nicholas IV, (1889) xxxviii + 504 pp.

Hingeston-Randolph, Rev. F.C. The Register of Walter De Stapledon, Bishop of Exeter, (A.D. 1307 - 1326), (1892) xxxiv + 584pp + 7pp list of subscribers. [Subscribers] [Full text]

Hingeston-Randolph, Rev. F.C. The Register of John de Grandisson, Bishop of Exeter, (A.D. 1327-1369): Part I, 1327-1330. With some account of the Episcopate of James de Berkeley (A.D. 1327); Part II, 1331-1360; Part III, 1360 - 1369 (3 vols.), (1894-1899).[Online version]

Hingeston-Randolph, Rev. F.C. The Register of Thomas de Brantyngham, Bishop of Exeter, (A.D. 1370-1394) (2 vols.), (1901-1906) xxxviii + 504 pp.

Reichel, O J. Origin and upgrowth of the English parish, illustrated by material taken from the Exeter episcopal registers. London: The Society of SS Peter and Paul; York Books XXXII, Continuity Tracts, (1921), 24 pp.. [15th cent.] [Index] [Full text]

Reichel, O.J. An old Exeter manuscript : a short chronicle of the church of Exeter : Tenths and fifteenths of the hundreds of devon, 1384 : Writ and proclamtion against Lollards of Henry IV : Charter to Exeter, Edward III : Receipts and payments, Chapter of Exeter 1408 : and Charter to Exeter, Henry IV. Exeter : James G. Commin (1907) 74pp. [Full text]

Skinner, A.J.P. Colyton marriages in Exeter cathedral. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 5:4, (1908) pp.119-120. [Refers to vol.5, p.89, par.64. See also vol.5, p.296, par.159.]

Skinner, A.J.P. Huguenot manufacturers in Devon. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 12:7, (1923) pp.300-301. [Parish register entries, 1730-1746] [Refers to vol.12, pp.198, 268. Passavant and Havill families.]

Sweetland, Robert. Dissenter burials [1748-1848]: Unitarians [in the] Magdalen Street Cemetery, Exeter, (1999). [DFHS Library 929.5/D-EXE]

Tapley-Soper, H., (Ed.). The registers of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials of the City of Exeter (2 vols), (1910-1933). [Devon FHS Library 929.34235]

Vivian, Lieutenant-Colonel J.L. (ed.) The Marriage Licenses of the Diocese of Exeter. Exeter: William Pollard, (1887-1889) 120pp. [Online text]

Extracts from non-parochial registers Exeter, Topsham & Woodbury, Manuscript (1890?). [Westcountry Studies Library: ms929.3/DEV/JON]

The Deanery of Christianity [The City Of Exeter] CD018, Devon Family History Society (2008). [Allhallows Goldsmith Street: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1561-1837), Burials (1813-1904); Allhallows on the Walls: Baptisms (1824-1839), Marriages (1805-1811 and 1836), Burials (1824-1837); Bedford Precinct: Baptisms (1833-1839), Marriages (1833-1839); Exeter Cathedral: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1755-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Holy Trinity: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. David: Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Edmund: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. George: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. John: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Kerrian: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1810-1837), Burials (1813-1838); St. Lawrence: Baptisms (1813-1837), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Leonard: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1755-1837), Burials (1780-1837); St. Martin: Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1836), Burials (1813-1837); St. Mary Arches: Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Mary Major: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Mary Steps: Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Olave: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1816-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Pancras: Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1800-1837); St. Paul: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1562-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Petrock: Baptisms (1813-1842), Marriages (1754-1836), Burials (1770-1837); St. Sidwell: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); St. Stephen: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Heavitree: Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Exeter Non-conformist chapels - Bow Meeting House: Burials (1748-1824); Castle Street Independent Chapel: Burials (1800-1836); George Meeting House Presbyterian: Burials (1818-1822 and 1837); Mint Meeting House Presbyterian: Burials (1709 and 1773-1810); Mint Methodist Chapel: Burials (1818-1829); South Street Baptist Church: Burials (1783-1837); Photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850].

Non-conformist pre-1850 churches and chapels in Exeter:

  • Christ Church (Free Church of England), Grosvenor Place, Southernhay: erected 1846
  • St Nicholas Roman Catholic, The Mint: Registers for 1774-1808 (C), 1790-1805 (M), 1790-1807 (B), 1783, 1800 (Confirmations) in DRO. Others in Plymouth Diocesan Archives
  • Sacred Heart (Roman Catholic), South Street: 1790
  • Baptist Chapel, Gandy Street, South Street: Registers for 1786-1837 (ZC), 1785-1837 (B) in PRO RG 4/964. Others in DRO
  • Baptist Chapel, Bartholomew Street: Registers for 1817-37 (Z) in PRO RG 4/335. Others in DRO
  • St Thomas (Baptist)l, Dorset Avenue: Founded 1817
  • The Pavilion (Baptist), Magdalen Street: Founded 1835
  • James's Meeting (Presbyterian/Unitarian): Registers for 1788-1804 (C) in Dr William's Library, Gordon Square, London; 1824-37 (ZCB), 1818-22 in PRO RG 4/1085, 47; 1837-82 at DRO
  • Bow Meeting (Presbyterian/Independent): Registers for 1687-1823 (ZCB) in PRO RG 4/965
  • Mint Meeting (Presbyterian/Unitarian): Registers for 1719-1810 (ZC), 1773-1810 (B) in PRO RG 4/336
  • Independent/Congregational Chapel, Castle Street: Registers for 1798-1836 (ZC), 1824-36 (B) in PRO RG 4/1205, 582, 1206; 1927-41 (M) at DRO
  • Independent/Congregational Chapel, High Street: Registers for 1820-36 in PRO RG 4/1086
  • Tabernacle (Wesleyan/ Countess of Huntingdon's Connection/Independent) Coombe Street: Registers for 1775-1836 (C) in PRO RG 4/527, 1882 at DRO
  • The Mint (Wesleyan), Mint Lane: Registers for 1801-19 (C), 1818-31 (ZCB), 1831-37 (ZC) in PRO RG 4/528, 1207, 1208
  • Wesleyan Chapel, Heavitree: Erected 1830
  • St Sidwell's Chapel (Wesleyan), Sidwell Street: Registers for 1841-65 at DRO
  • Christ Church Chapel (Wesleyan), Southernhay: Erected 1846
  • Providence (Bible Christian/United Methodist Free Church/Methodist): Erected 1840
  • Exeter Monthly Meeting (Society of Friend): Registers for 1776-86 (Z), 1779-94 (M), 1776-83 (B) in PRO RG 6/272-3, 356
  • Society of Friends, Magdalen Street: Registers for 1694-1823 (Z), 1697-1725 (M), 1693-1794 (B) in PRO RG 6/1399, 1445
  • Synagogue Place (Jewish), St Mary Arches Street: Erected 1763, Registers for 1868-1911 in Jewish Museum, Camden, London

Civil Registration

Return of Deaths (3 vols: St Sidwell, Exeter 1870-83, Western Division, Exeter 1887-89, and 1890-91), Exeter, Devon FHS (2007). [Listing forename, surname, date of death, sex, age, where died, relationship/occupation of next of kin, cause of death]


Correctional Institutions

Forsythe, W.J. A System of Discipline: Exeter Borough Prison 1819-1863 (1983). [ISBN 0859891445] [Devon FHS Library 365.094235]

Neild, K. Remarks on Exeter Gaols. Gentleman's Magazine Vol. 79, Part 1 (1808), pp.502-505.


Court Records

Transcription by Brian Brassett of the City of Exeter Police Charge Books for Sep 1847 - 21 Feb 1849, Feb 1849 - 2 Dec 1850, Dec 1850 - Apr 1853, 18 Apr 1853 - 11 Mar 1856, and 11 Mar 1856 - 16 Jun 1859, together with an Index to the Charge Books for Jun 1859 - Dec 1899, and a listing of Police Officers.

Indexes to Exeter Coroners' Inquests for 1702-1798, 1825-1860 and 1862-1927.

Inquests Taken into Suspicious or Unexplained Deaths for 1827-18301831-18341835-18361839-18401841-421843-18441845-461847-18481849-18501851188618871889Sep.-Dec. 18901891190219031904190519061907 and 1908 from the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette.

Assizes & Quarter Sessions in Exeter, provided by by Jean E. Harris - incorporating lists of Recorders (1352-1971) and Sheriffs (1861-1971).

[Hickes, John]. A True and Faithful Narrative, of the Unjust and Illegal Sufferings, and Oppressions of Many Christians Injuriously and Injudiciously call'd Fanaticks. . . with the horrid Perjuries of the Witnesses brought against them, at the Assizes held at Exon, in the County of Devon, April 1671, (1671) pp.34 + 6.

An Account of the Proceedings against the Rebels at an Assize holden at Exeter, on the 14th of this Instant September, 1685, where to the Number of 26 persons were Tried for High-Treason, and found Guilty. Facsimile reprint of 1685 ed. London (E. Mallet), attached to Devon Notes and Queries, Article No. 42 (1903) pp 63 & 64.[Transcription]

Exeter Magistrates Court Register - 1885, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D100). [Foreword]

Exeter Magistrates Court Register - 1886, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D101). [Foreword]

Exeter Magistrates Court Register - 1887, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D102). [Foreword]

Exeter Magistrates Court Register - 1888, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D103). [Foreword]

Exeter Magistrates Court Register - 1889, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D104). [Foreword]

Exeter Magistrates Court Register - 1891, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D070). [Foreword]

Exeter City Prison - Deserters in Custody - 1819-1843, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D140). [Foreword]

Exeter City Prison - Deserters in Custody - 1843-1863, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D141). [Foreword]


Description & Travel

Online guides:

Exeter, from Wikipedia.

Extract from "Through England on a Side Saddle" by Celia Fiennes, 1695.

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

Exeter Memories - photographs and submitted stories about places in Exeter.

Bailey, Sean. Spotlight Exeter. Devon Life vol. 1 no. 8, (1965) pp.9-12; ill.

Barber, Chips. The Great Little Exeter Book. Pinhoe, Exeter: Obelisk Publications. [ISBN 0946651973].

Barlow, Frank, (Ed.). Exeter and its Region University of Exeter (1969) xvii + 343p. [Devon DFS Library 942.35/EXE]

Besley, Henry. Besley's Hand Book for the Archery Meeting, and Visitor's Guide to Exeter, Exeter: Grand National Archery Meeting, Printed and Published by Henry Besley, South Street (1858) 103 pp. [Index]

Chope, R. Pearse. Lord Keeper Guilford in Devon. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VI, (January 1910 to October 1911), pp. 237-240. [Transcript]

Croker, James. Sketches of Old Exeter, (1886) 60 plates.

Exeter Excavation Committee. Report on the Underground Passages in Exeter, Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Exploration Society, (1932)

Fegan, Mary. Exeter 1900. Devon Life vol. 3 no. 27, (1967) pp.29-33; ill.

Gray, T. Exeter - the Travellers Tales, Mint Press, Stevensbooks, 76 Longbrook Street, Exeter, EX4 6AP (2000). [ISBN 19033560] [DFHS Library 942.35/EXE]

Gray, Todd. Exeter Engraved: The Secular City, Volume 1, Mint Press, Stevensbooks, 76 Longbrook Street, Exeter, EX4 6AP (2000) 208 pp. [250 illusts]

Gray, Todd. The Essence of Exeter, The Mint Press (2004). [ISBN-10: 1903356385]

Hallam, Chris and Isaac, Tim. Secret Exeter, Amberley Publishing (2018) 96 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-1445679310]

Harvey, Hazel. Pennsylvania (Discovering Exeter No. 4), (1984) [ISBN 0950587311] [Devon FHS Library p942.35/EXE]

Harvey, Hazel. West of the river (Discovering Exeter No. 5), (1986) [ISBN 0950587338] [Devon FHS Library p942.35/EXE]

Harvey, Hazel. Exeter Past, Phillimore, Chichester (1996) 128p. [ISBN1860770061] [Devon FHS Library p942.35/EXE]

Hawker, The Late Rev. Treasurer. Changes in Travelling on the Road between Exeter and Plymouth during the last Sixty Years. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. XVII, (1885), pp. 450-457. [Index]

Joce, T.J. The Exeter and Dartmouth Road. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 44, (1912), pp. 597-604. [Index]

Tapley-Soper, H. Mate's Illustrated Exeter (1908). SoG Library, DE/L 139]

Warren, Jacqueline. The Exeter catacombs. Devon Life vol. 3 no. 26, (1967) pp.54-55; ill.

A New Guide to the City of Exeter, and Its Environs; With Descriptive Sketches of the Adjacent Watering Places Exeter: Printed for W. Spreat, Bookseller, (1824) 134pp. [Index]

Exeter and South-East Devon (8th ed.), Ward Lock Illustrated Guide (n.d.). [Devon DFS Library 942.35/EXE]

Guide to the Underground Passages in Exeter (1933). [Devon DFS Library p912.4235/EXE]

Nelson's guide to Torquay and Exeter, including Dawlish, Teignmouth, Exmouth and Sidmouth, London, Thomas Nelson & Sons (1908) 64p, 3pls: ill, map. [Westcountry Studies Library B/TOR 7/1908/NEL]

Guide to Exeter & South Devon from the Axe to the Teign (12th ed.), Ward Lock (1949?). [SoG Library Winter Palace (DE/LOC)]

Anon. Princesshay, Exeter, Devon Family Historian, vol. 184, (2022) pp.13.

You can see pictures of Exeter which are provided by:



The Exeter Directory section of White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.

Exeter Itinerary and General Directory, Exeter, T. & H. Besley (1828). [Index] [Full text]

Besley's Exeter Directory for 1835, with the list of voters polled at the contest for the representation of the city, in January, 1835, Exeter, Henry Besley (1835). [Available on CD from Devon FHS]

Where to buy at Exeter: An illustrated local trades' review. By the editor of the "Agents' Guide," etc., Brighton, Robinson, Son & Pike (1891) 96 pp. [Directory giving brief histories of companies and shops, with illustrations of shopfronts] [BM 10368.k.26.]

Kelly's Directory of Exeter, (1959). [Devon DFS Library 942.35/EXE - the library also has 1965, 1967-8, 1971]


Emigration & Immigration

Burley, Richard. One Last Chance: A Passage to New York, 1751. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.34-37. [Re: Herman Katenkamp, Exeter]

Clapp, Michael C. Belgian Refugees, Devon Family Historian, vol. 128, (2008) p.10. [Describes a notebook kept by Alice Graham Clapp giving details of nearly five hundred Belgian refugees who arrived in Exeter in 1914]

Davey, F.A., Watts, S.G. Westward Look: Devon Pioneers and Pilgrims in the New World. Town & Country Press Ltd., 42 Rectory Lane, Bracknell, Berks. (1970) 56p. ["John Swete of Exeter" - pp.27-29, "John Saffin of Exeter" - pp.30-31]



Karkeek, Paul Q. Remarkable Superstition at Exeter. In: Recent cases of supposed witchcraft in Devonshire. Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 1875, Vol VII, pp. 262-267. [Transcript]



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



Listing of published genealogies and biographies relating to Exeter.

This 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.

Middle names, from the Exeter Area, extracted from the IGI by Hugh Wallis.

Brissenden, Susan. My Brick Wall - William Pyne?, Devon Family Historian, no. 187, (2023) p.18.



Drake, Wilfred. Heraldic discovery at St Nicholas priory. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 8:2, (1914) pp.49-50, plates: ill [Grenville Family].

Lega-Weekes, Ethel. Arms of the See of Exeter. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VI, (January 1910 to October 1911), illus. pp. 230-236. [Transcript]

Lega-Weekes, Ethel. Courtenay arms at the Devon and Exeter Institution. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 7:3, (1912) pp.81-86, plates: ill(2). [Also: palace chimney piece, Alphington church. Errata:7, p.140.]



Exeter City Council's Medieval Trail page links to a set of informative posters about Exeter's medieval past.

David Cornforth's excellent Exeter Memories website contains extensive material, text and photographs, related to the history of Exeter, and of people connected with Exeter, and many sets of reminiscences.

Peter Thomas's Historic Isca collection of Exeter photographs.

Transcript of the chapter on the "History of the City and County of the City of Exteter in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.

A Brief History of Exeter, by Tim Lambert.

The "Exeter Through The Bottom of Your Beer Glass" website (archived) - extensive historical information, not all about public houses.

Demolition Exeter - A Century of Destrruction in an English Cathedral City. (a very extensive, well-illustrated collection of postings.)

Brief history and photograph of St Olave's Home For Girls, Exeter, provided by The Children's society.

The Atmospheric Railway - an article by Angela Marks on Brunel's experimental railway between Exeter and Newton Abbot.

Hospitals and workhouses of Exeter - some histories - from the Exeter Memories website.

Discovery of thousands of pieces of fabric gives historians a rare glimpse into fashions of the past - Exeter University news release about the Pattern Book of a Wool Merchant with Connexions to Exeter  recently found by Dr Todd Gray.

The Receivers' Vouchers - "The receivers’ accounts . . .provide key insight into the socio-economic history of Exeter. Perhaps no more is this realised than in the receivers’ vouchers (ECA/3/1/1/3)."

Anderson, David. The Exeter theatre fire, Royston, Entertainment Technology Press (2002) 200 pp. ill.. ports. [ISBN 1904031137. m]

Andriette, E. Devon and Exeter in the Civil War, Newton Abbot, David & Charles (1971) 237 pp.

Bhanji, S. Devon's last duel of honour and its aftermath. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 129, (1997) pp.109-127: ill. [1833]

Barber, Chips. The Lost City of Exeter - Revisited. Pinhoe, Exeter: Obelisk Publications. [ISBN 1899073612].

Bennett, E.P. Leigh, (Ed.). Exeter Historic and Romantic (1933). [Devon DFS Library 942.35/EXE]

Berry, Les and Gosling, Gerard. Around Exeter (1996). [ISBN 0752403230] [Devon DFS Library 942.35/EXE] [photographs of people and places, 1889-1962]

Besley, Henry. Royal Agricultural Society of England 1850: The Hand Book Of Exeter, and Visitor's Guide to the Show: containing A Short History of the Society; Description of the Show Yard; A Programme of the Business & Entertainments of the Week...., Directory-Office, South-Street, Exeter, (1850) xxxvi, 76 pp.

Bowring, Sir John. Ancient Exeter and its Trade. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 5 (1872), pp. 90-106. [Index]

Brice, Thomas. The History and Description, Ancient and Modern, of the City of Exeter, Exeter: Printed and Sold by the Author (1802). [Index]

Brushfield, T.N. The Apprentices' Warning Piece. Devon Notes & Queries, vol. I, (January 1900 to January 1901), pp. 219-24. [Account of the murder of Humfry Bidgood by his apprentice Peter Moore in 1641] [Transcript]

Brough, John Cargill. Exeter change for the British Lions, London: British Association for the Advancement of Science (1869). illus., 31 pp. [Index]

Butler, Simon. The Exeter Book, Tiverton, Devon Books in association with Exeter City Council (1992) 128 pp. [ISBN 086114871 1] [Index]

Caldwell, John. Notes on the history of Dean Clarke's hospital, 1741-1948. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 104, (1972) pp.175-192.

Cennick, John An account of a late riot at Exeter. Printed by J. Hart and sold by J. Lewis, London (1745) 29pp. [Index]

Chick, E. Exeter Castle. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, pp. 40-41. [Transcript]

Clamp, Arthur L. A Pictorial Guide to Historic Exeter (c.1965). [Devon DFS Library 942.35/EXE]

Clew, Kenneth R. The Exeter Canal, (1984). [ISBN 0850335442] [Devon FHS Library 386.094235]

Cossins, James. Reminiscences of Exeter Fifty Years Since. Exeter: (1877) 80pp. [Full text]

Cotton, W. Some Account of the Ancient Guilds of the City of Exeter. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 5 (1872), pp. 117-138. [Index]

Cotton, W. An Elizabethan Guild in the City of Exeter: An Account of the Procceedings of the Society of Merchant Adventurers during the latter half of the 16th century, Exeter, William Pollard (1873) 198 pp. [Available on CD from Archive CD]

Cotton, W. and Woollcombe, H. Gleanings from the Municipal Cathedral Records Relative to the History of The City of Exeter, Exeter (1877) 208 + 38 pp. [Available from Archive CD]

Curtis, Muriel E. Admission to citizenship in 14th cent. Exeter. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 63 (1931).

De la Garde, Philip Chilwell. On the antiquity and invention of the lock canal of Exeter; in a letter from Philip Chilwell de la Garde, esq. to Sir Henry Ellis, KH, FRS, Secretary. Archaeologia. 28, (1838) 7-26. [Index]

Delderfield, E.R. Cavalcade by candlelight; the story of Exeter's five theatres, 1725-1950, Exmouth, Raleigh Press (1950) 169 pp. [Lookups]

Editors. Exeter Clocks. Devon Notes & Queries, vol. I, (January 1900 to January 1901), illus., pp. 177-180. [Transcript]

Evans, Connie S. Poverty and Social Control in Early Modern England: Exeter 1558-1625, Ph.D. Thesis, Louisiana State University (1996). [Devon R.O.]

Fox, Lady Aileen. The underground conduits in Exeter exposed during reconstruction in 1950. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 82 (1950) pp.172-8.

Freeman, E.A. Exeter, Historic Towns Series, Longmans, green & Co., London (1887) xiii + 255 pp. [Details of DFHS Facsimile CD] [Index]

Gidley, John. Notices of Exeter; Comprising a History of Royal Visits to the Ancient and Loyal City, from AD 49, to A.D 1863, Exeter, (1863) 106 pp.

Gray, Todd. The Victorian Under Class of Exeter, The Mint Press (2001) 96 pp. [ISBN-10: 1903356148]

Gray, Todd. Lost Exeter: Five centuries of change, Mint Press, Stevensbooks, 76 Longbrook Street, Exeter, EX4 6AP (2002) xxv,88p: chfly ill. [ISBN 1903356245] [Devon FHS Library 942.35/EXE]

Gray, Todd. Exeter Unveiled, Exeter, The Mint Press (2003) 270 pp. [ISBN: 1903356253] [A collection of almost 300 largely unpublished historical images of Exeter]

Gray, Todd. Exeter in the 1940s, The Mint Press (2004) 251 pp. [ISBN-10: 1903356393]

Gray, Todd. The Chronicle of Exeter: 1205-1752, Exeter, The Mint Press, Stevensbooks, 76 Longbrook Street, Exeter, EX4 6AP (2005) 192 pp. [ISBN: 1903356423]

Green, Tamsin. Exeter's Big Dig: the Princesshay Excavations. [SoG Library: Devon Tracts Box]

Hardy, Paul. Exeter: Profile of a City. Redcliffe Press Ltd (1982) 64pp. [ISBN-13: 978-0905459479] [DFHS Library 942.35]

Harris, J. Delpratt. The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter, Eland Bros. (1922) 203 pp., [3] leaves of plates: ill., ports.

Harrison, J.G. Exeter Rugby Football Club. Devon Life vol. 9 no. 75 (1972) pp.26-27; ill. [1872-1972]

Harte, Walter J. Illustrations of municipal history from the act book of the chamber of the city of Exeter, 1559-1588. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 44, (1912) pp.206-230. [Index]

Harte, Walter J. Illustrations of history from the act book of the chamber of the city of Exeter, 1560-1581. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 45, (1913) pp.409-422; 46, (1914) pp.437-454. [Index - Part 1] [Index - Part 2]

Harte, Walter J. Gleanings from the Common Place Book of John Hooker Relating to the City of Exeter, 1485-1590 (n.d.). [Devon FHS Library 942.35/EXE]

Harte, Walter J. Gleanings from the manuscript of Richard Izacke's Antiquities of the City of Exeter, 1485-1590 (n.d.). [Devon FHS Library 942.35/EXE] [Index]

Harvey, Hazel. Discovering Exeter: Pennsylvania, Exeter Civic Society (1984) 48 pp. [ISBN: 0950587311]

Harvey, Hazel. Discovering Exeter: West of the River, Exeter Civic Society (1989) 48 pp. [ISBN: 0950587338]

Harvey, Hazel. Exeter Past. Phillimore (1996) [ISBN 1860770061].

Harvey, Hazel. The Story of Exeter, Phillimore & Co Ltd (2011) 204 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-1860776786]

Heath, Sidney and Haslehurst, E.W. Exeter (1912). [Devon FHS Library 942.35/EXE] [Index]

Henwood, Janet. Exeter Theatre Fire, 5th September 1887: list of deceased, at theatre, payments, orphans., Exeter, Devon Family History Society (2000?).

Henwood, Janet. Exeter Theatre Fire, 5th September 1887: A tragedy waiting in the wings., Exeter, Devon Family History Society (2002). [Devon FHS Library p942.35/EXE]

Hooker, John. The antique description and account of the city of Exeter: in three parts ..., Exeter, A. Brice (1765). [Available from Archive CD]

Hoskins, W.J. Industry, Trade and People in Exeter 1688-1800, with special reference to the serge industry, Manchester, University College of South-West England (Monograph No. 6) (1935) 189 pp.

Hoskins, W.G. Old Exeter. A Description of its Growth and Old Buildings, London, Compton-Dando (1952) 24 pp. [DFHS Library p942.35/EXE]

Hoskins, W.G. Two Thousand Years in Exeter. Chichester: Phillimore (1969) 160 pp. [Lookups]

Hoskins, W.G. Industry, Trade and People in Exeter 1688-1800 (2nd. ed.). Exeter: University of Exeter (1968).

Hunt, Leslie. The glorious story of Exeter Airport. Devon Life vol. 7 no. 55 (1971) pp.22-27; ill.

Irvine, E.D. A Century of Voluntary Service: The Exeter Diocesan Association for the Care of Girls (St Olave's Trust), Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 113, (1981) pp.133-145.

Izacke, Richard. Remarkable antiquities of the city of Exeter: giving an account of the laws and customs of the place, the officers, court of judicature, gates, walls, rivers, churches, and priviledges: together with a catalogue of all the bishops, mayors, sheriffs from the year 1049 to 1677, London, Printed for Rowland Reynolds (1681) [6], 64, 191, [64], [2] leaves of plates. [1741 edition available from Archive CD]

Izacke, Richard. Remarkable antiquities of the city of Exeter: giving an account of the laws and customs of the place, the officers, court of judicature, gates, walls, rivers, churches, and privileges of the several corporations, their coats of arms finely engraven on copper plates, with a catalogue of all the bishops, mayors, sheriffs from the year 1049 to 1677. Originally collected by Richard Isacke Esq, 2nd Edition, now very much enlarged and continued to the year 1723. London, Printed for Edward Score & John March, Booksellers in Exon, & Samuel Birt in London. maps, illus, lxxvii, 281pp. [Index]

Jackman, George. The tramways of Exeter. Devon Life vol. 6 no. 45 (1970) pp.28-31; ill. [1889-1931]

Jenkins, A. The History and Description of the City of Exeter and its Environs, Ancient and Modern, Civil and Ecclesiastical, Exeter, P. Hedgeland (1806) 464 pp. [Available from Archive CD] [Surname Index]

Jenkins, R. An Account of a Triton. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 11 (1920-21) p.3. [Transcript]

Jubb, Ian. Exeter Collection. Obelisk Publications (1992) 48 p. [ISBN-13:978-0946651689]

Jubb, Ian. Ian Jubb's Exeter Collection [of photographs] (1993). [ISBN 094665168X] [Devon FHS Library 942.35/EXE]

Karkeek, Paul Q. Queen Henrietta Maria in Exeter, and her escape therefrom, 1644. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 130 (1998) pp.95-109. [Index]

Killingback, Alan John. James Golsworthy and the Exeter city water supply during the 1832 cholera epidemic. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 130 (1998) pp.95-109, fig, refs. [Suggests the infection in the West Quarter of the city was due to the fact that the inhabitants drew their water from the leat near Exe Island and from Dipping Steps, neither of which were connected with the Water Engine which supplied areas of the city where no incidences of the disease were recorded.]

Kirkby, Andrew. Exeter Trades Council (1990). [ISBN 095155610X] [Devon FHS Library 942.35/EXE]

Kneel, A & R Pickard. Modern water supply of Exeter [since 1693]. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 65 (1933).

Lambert, R.S. The Cobbett of the West: A Study of Thomas Latimer and the Struggle between Pulpit and Press at Exeter, (1939) 254 pp.

Lepine, David and Orme, Nicholas, (Ed.). Death and Memory in Medieval Exeter, Exeter, Devon and Cornwall Record Society (2003). [ISBN: 0901853461]

Lethbridge, Tony. Exeter: History & Guide, Thomas Cook Publishing (2005) 128 pp.

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

Lowe, M C. Toll houses of the Exeter Turnpike Trust. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 124 (1992) pp.87-99, refs. [A brief survey of the Exeter Turnpike Trust and its toll houses is followed by a short description and history of each individual toll house, listed alphabetically. A copy of the building specification for one of the houses is appended.]

Lowe, Perdita. "When Last I was at Exeter" - Did William Shakespeare ever visit Exeter?, Devon Family Historian, vol. 168, (2016) pp.20-22.

Lloyd-Parry, H. Exeter swords and hat of maintenance. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 64 (1932).

MacCaffrey, W. Exeter 1540-1640: The Growth of an English County Town, Harvard Historical Monographs (1958) 320 p.

Manson, Peter. Exeter firm's centenary. Devon Life vol. 9 no. 76 (1972) pp.30; ill. [Samuels, C. & Sons Ltd. 1872-1972]

Marsh, Darren. Exeter Through Time, Amberley Publishing (2013) 96 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-1445613864]

Martin, Joh May. Kairpen-Huelgoit: Which is called Exeter. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol.  48, (1916), pp. 341-362. [Index]

Maun, Jean. Exploring Exeter: the heart of the city, Exeter, Obelisk (1996) 32 pp.: ill. [ISBN: 1899073396 (pbk)]

Maun, Jean. Exploring Exeter - The Quay. Obelisk Publications (2002) 32 p. [ISBN 190358518X]

Maun, Jean and Barber, Chips. Exploring Exeter - The West Quarter. Obelisk Publications (1999) 32 p. [ISBN-13:978-1899073801]

Neville, Julia. Exeter and the Trams 1882-1931. Exeter Civic Society (2010) 128 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-0954434311]

Newton, Robert. Eighteenth century Exeter. [Exeter]: University of Exeter,1984, xiii, 182 pp., [8] pp. of plates: ill., 2 maps, 2 ports. ISBN: 0859892557.

Newton, Robert. Victorian Exeter, 1837-1914. Leicester: Leicester University Press (1968).

Northy, T.J. Illustrated Popular History of Exeter, From the earliest times down to the day of publication, Exeter, (1886) X + 215 + 16 pp.

Oliver, Rev. G. The history of the City of Exeter. Exeter, William Roberts (1861) 337p. [Devon FHS Library 942.35/EXE] [Index] [Full text]

Parfitt, Edward. Archaeological Discoveries made in Exeter during April and May, 1878. Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1878, Vol X, pp. 335-348. [Index]

Parry, Hugh Lloyd. The history of the Exeter Guildhall and the life within, Exeter, Exeter City Council (1936) x, 174 pp., [11] leaves of plates: ill.

Passmore, Dick. The Story of the Theatre Royal, Exeter, The Mint Press (2002) 132 pp. [ISBN-10: 1903356210]

Pengelly, W. (Ed.) Mr T.W. Windeatt on the Prince of Orange in Exeter, 1881. In Notes on Slips connected to Devonshire. Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1882, Vol XIV, pp. 600-602. [Transcript]

Perrin, Den. Discovering Exeter: Public Inscriptions, Exeter Civic Society (1998). [ISBN: 0950587397]

Pickard, Ransom. The Population and Epidemics of Exeter in Pre-Census Times, Exeter, Exeter by James Townsend & Sons Ltd (1947). [Westcountry Studies Library B/EXE/312/PIC]

Pollard's Official Guide to Exeter: With an Account of the Municipal and Commercial History of the City by Eminent Writers. Exeter: (1894) 134pp. [Index]

Portman, D. Exeter Houses 1400-1700. Exeter: University of Exeter (1966) 133p.

Radford, Cecily. An unrecorded royal visit to Exeter. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 63 (1931). [Henry IV and Joan of Navarre in 1403]

Radford, Mrs G H. Nicholas Radford, 1385(?)-1455 [and his murder by Sir Thomas Courtenay]. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 35 (1903). [Index]

Retter, Frank. An Exeter boyhood. Exeter: Obelisk (1984) 96 pp. :ill., 2 facsims., 1 port. [ISBN: 0946651051]

Rose-Troup, Mrs Frances. The Kalenders and the Exeter Trade Gilds before the Reformation. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 44 (1912) pp.406-430. [Index]

Russell, P.M.G. A History of Exeter Hospitals 1178-1948 (1977). [Devon FHS Library 362.11094235]

Ryton, John. Banks and Banknotes of Exeter, 1769-1906 (1990). [ISBN 0950866601] [Devon FHS Library 332.1]

Sambourne, R.C. Exeter, A Century of Public Transport, Falmouth, Glasney Press (1976) 104 pp.

Schopp, J.W., (Ed.). The Anglo-Saxon Custumal of Exeter (History of Exeter Research Group Monograph No 2.), Oxford University Press (1925) 60 pp.

Shapter, Thomas. The History of the Cholera in Exeter in 1832, Princes Street, Soho, London, John Churchill (1849). [Full text]

Sharp, Vernon. The Musgrave saga. Devon Life vol. 8 no. 66 (1971) pp.26-27; ill. [Exeter Golf and Country Club, 1871-1971]

Shortt, W T P. Sylva Antiqua Iscana, Numismatica, Quinetiam Figulina, or Roman and other Antiquities of Exeter. (1841), Exeter: W C Featherstone, 145 pp. [Index]

Stoyle, Mark. Exeter in the Civil War, Devon Archaeological Society (1995) 40 pp.: ill.

Stoyle, Mark. Water in the City: The Aqueducts and Underground Passages of Exeter, Exeter University Press, Exeter (2014) 320pp. [ISBN: 9780859898775]

Thomas, Peter D. Old Exeter: a portfolio of photographs [from the ISCA Collection]. Plymouth: Barton Jay Ltd,1977, [1], 173 pp. chiefly ill., coats of arms, facsims, plan, ports. ISBN: 0904593045.

Thomas, Peter. Fire on the Wind: The Exeter Blitz Illustrated, P. Thomas (1992) 212pp. [ISBN-10: 0951682016]

Thomas, Peter D. Exeter in old photographs, Gloucester, Sutton (1988) 160p. chiefly ill. [ISBN: 0862995205 (pbk)]

Thomas, Peter. The Changing Face of Exeter, Alan Sutton (1995). [ISBN 0750909021] [Devon FHS Library 942.35/EXE]

Thomas, Peter. Exeter Burning - The Exeter Blitz, Tiverton, Halsgrove Press (2002). [ISBN 184114157] [Index]

Thomas, Peter. Exeter - the Golden Years, Halsgrove Press (2003) 160 pp. [ISBN: 1841142948]

Vachell, E.T. Exeter castle: Its background, origin and history. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 98, (1966) pp.327-348:ill, plans.

Veritas. Exeter Castle. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VI, (January 1910 to October 1911), illus. pp. 245-250. [Transcript]

Warren, Jacqueline. The secrets of an old market in a new square. Devon Life vol. 10 no. 84 (1973) pp.34-36; ill. [Higher Market, Exeter]

Wheaton, Anthony J. A Lasting Impression: A History of Wheatons in Exeter , AJW Publishing (2017) 184 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-1527213272] ["Wheatons - booksellers, stationers, educational publishers and printers. One of Exeter's oldest companies, Wheatons has origins traceable to 1780."]

Wilkinson, B. The Mediaeval Council of Exeter, Manchester University Press (1931) 105 pp.

Windeatt, T.W. The Prince of Orange in Exeter, 1688. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 13, (1881), pp. 173-185. [Index]

Wood, Frances. Merchants and Class: The Social Identification of Merchants in Exeter, 1680-1760, M.A. Thesis, Monash University (1977). [Devon R.O.]

Woolmer, S. A Concise Account of the History of Exeter, Its Neighbourhood, and Adjacent Watering Places, Being an Interesting Companion for All Persons Residing at, or Resorting to this Ancient City: Presenting a familiar Narrative of its History, from the earliest Period, Together with a Variety of Particular Occurences and Anecdotes Compiled from the best Authorities, Exeter (1821) 104 pp. [Index]

Worthy, Charles. The history of the suburbs of Exeter, with general particulars as to the landowners, lay and clerical, from the conquest to the present time, and a special notice of the Hamlyn family. Together with "A digression" on the noble houses of Redvers, and of Courtenay, earls of Devon. London, Henry Gray (1892) 210 pp. [Full text]

Vowell, John. The Antique Description and Account of the City of Exeter: In Three Parts. Part I. Containing the Ancient History. . . Part II. Containing a large and curious Account of the Antiquity, Foundation, and Building, of the Cathedral Church of St. Peter. . . Part III. Contains the Offices and Duties (as of Old) of those particular Sworn Officers, &c. of the City. . ., Exeter, Printed by Andrew Brice, in Northgate-street (1765) ii + [iv] + 192 pp.

Vowell, John alias Hooker. The Description of the Citie of Excester, Transcribed and Edited from a Manuscript in the Archives of the Corporation of the City of Exeter by Walter J. Harte, J.W. Schopp, and H. Tapley-Soper (3 vols.), Exeter, The Devon and Cornwall Record Society (1919-47).

Youings, Joyce A. Early Tudor Exeter - the founders of the county of the city, Exeter, University of Exeter (1974) 28 pp. [ISBN: 0900771968]

Youings, J., (Ed.). Raleigh in Exeter 1985: Privateering and Colonisation in the Reign of Elizabeth I, University of Exeter (1985) x + 117 pp.

An old Exeter manuscript: a short chronicle of the church of Exeter: Tenths and fifteenths of the Hundreds of Devon, 1384: Writ and proclamation against Lollards of Henry IV: Charter to Exeter, Edward III: Receipts and payments, Chapter of Exeter 1408: and Charter to Exeter, Henry IV, Exeter, James G. Commin (1907) 62 pp. [Full text]

Exeter Then and Now, Heles School (1945). [Devon FHS Library 942.35/EXE]

The Seigneurs and Sovereigns of Medieval Exeter: Also an Account of the Sieges of the City, Exeter, Wheaton (A) & Co. Ltd. (c1912) 255 pp.

Francis Frith's Around Exeter, Tiverton, Halsgrove Press (2000) 90 pp. [ISBN 1859371264]

Here is a large list of other books on various aspects of the history of Exeter, from the Exeter University Library catalogue.


Land & Property

Deller's Café Exeter - website.

Bond, Sue. Reearch Corner, Devon Family Historian, vol. 170, (2019) pp.44-45. [Research on a house "just outside Exeter" for the TV programme "A House Through Time".

Cresswell, Beatrix F. Tudor House, Exe Island. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 14:1, (1926) pp.1-5, plates: ill(2). [Town residence of Leach family. Slate decoration. See 14, p.197.]

Davidson, J.B. Some Anglo-Saxon Boundaries, Now Deposited at the Albert Museum. Trans. Devon Assoc Vol. 8 (1876), pp. 396-419. [Index]

Edmondson, Sybil. Rougemont Castle, Exeter. Devon Life vol. 8 no. 63 (1971) pp.40-41.

Erskine, Mrs A M & D Portman. The History of an Exeter Tenement. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 92 (1960) pp.142-57. [229 High Street]

Fortescue-Foulkes , R. Exeter, a City Saved?, Exeter Civic Society (1977) 44 pp.

Hoskins, W G. Butcher Row, Exeter. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 26,4 (1954) pp. 109.

Pearson, J B. Corporation of Exeter estate in Ireland, 1654-6. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 44 (1912) pp. 431-437. [Index]

Phear, Sir J B. Recent Repairs to the Castle at Exeter. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. XXVII. (1895), illus, plan, pp. 137-143. [Index]

Reed, H. Demolition of ancient buildings of Exeter during the last half century [from 1877]. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 63 (1931).

Tapley-Soper, H. Schedule of Exeter city properties. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 10:4, (1918) pp.128-130. [Tenants list, from document found in Hooker MS, dated 1726/7.]

Fire at The Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter, Devon Family Historian, vol. 161, (2017) pp.30-31. [Details, plus links, concerning the fire that destroyed the hotel on 28 October 2016]



Map showing Central Exeter Parish Boundaries, extracted from Kain and Oliver's Historic Parishes of England and Wales.

OS 1:500 1888 Town Plan of Exeter, provided by the National Library of Scotland. (The plan consists of 41 sheets - to examine an individual sheet select the appropriate extent in the little grid covering Exeter and click on "Zoom to selected map extent.)"

Devon Local Studies Library provides a large online collection of Old Maps of Exeter (archived copy).

Exeter, from Murray's Handbook for Travellers in Devonshire (1879).

Schematic outline Map of Exeter Parish Boundaries.

Map of Exeter from Baedeker's Great Britain, Handbook for Travelers by Karl Baedeker (7th ed., 1910), provided by Alan Gresley (archived copy).

Map of the area from OldeMaps (circa 1950).

Carpenter, Bruce. John Rocque's Map of Exeter, 1744, Devon Family Historian, vol. 165, (2018) pp.40-41.

Constable, K.M. The early printed plans of Exeter. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 64, (1932) pp.455-473.

Editors. Rocque's plan of Exeter. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 6:8, (1911) pp.240. [Facsimile reproduction on fold-out between pp.248 and 249.] [Transcript]

Gray, Todd. Exeter Maps, Mint Press (2006) 48 pp. [ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1903356487]

Lega-Weekes, Ethel. Earliest known map of Exeter (1587). Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 7:8, (1913) pp.281-283. [See vol.7, between pp.192 and 193, plate D. Hogenberg engraver.] [Transcript]

Oliver, Richard, Kain, Roger and Gray, Todd. William Birchynshaw's Map of Exeter, 1743, Devon and Cornwall Record Society (2019) 80 pp. [ISBN 978-090185974]

Past & Present, Exeter & Exmouth. Cassini [ISBN 978-1-84736-108-0] [Covers an area of 15km * 15km using four Ordnance Survey mapping series to cover four different periods: the mid 19th century, the late 19th century, the1920s and the present-day].

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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX919926 (Lat/Lon: 50.722936, -3.532806), Exeter which are provided by:


Merchant Marine

Bhanji, S. The involvement of Exeter and the Exe Estuary in piracy. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 130 (1998) pp.23-49, fig, refs. [A historical account of pillage and privateering in the area from as far back as the thirteenth century. Includes reports of wreck plundering and names some of the merchants and gentry involved.]

Clark, E.A.G. The Ports of the Exe Estuary 1660-1680: A study in historical geography (1968). [Devon DFS Library 942.35/EXE]

Harte, W J. Some evidence of trade between Exeter and Newfoundland to 1600. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 64 (1932).[Extracts, with list of Masters]

Jordan, W F C. Adventures of the Ann of the port of Exeter, 1803-6. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 33 (1901).

Whitley, H. Michell. The maritime trade of Exeter in mediaeval times. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 44, (1912) pp.530-546. [Index]


Military History

Photographic archive of World War II bomb damage in Exeter (archived copy).

Exeter's Blitz - from Devon24.

Details from the Boer War Memorial, Exeter Guildhall, provided by Emily Hollins.

The Exeter Blitz - April and May 1942 - from the Exeter Memories website.

Black, John. St Luke's College Exeter during the Great War: Part One, Devon Family Historian, vol. 160, (2016) pp.43-47.

Black, John. St Luke's College Exeter during the Great War: Part Two, Devon Family Historian, vol. 161, (2017) pp.42-44.

Grant, John. The bombing of Exeter, Exeter, Devon Books (1986) [96] pp.: ill. [ISBN: 0861147588]

Gray, Todd. Exeter Remembers the War, The Mint Press (2005). [ISBN-10: 1903356415]

Hutchinson, Chris. Deller's Café Exeter destroyed in the Blitz, Devon Family Historian, vol. 163, (2017) p.46.

Mathewson, Pat. Remembering the Belmont Huts, Devon Family Historian, vol. 161, (2017) p.45. [See Black, John (2016) above.]

Sturt, J. Revolt in the West. The Western Rebellion of 1549, (1987) [ISBN 0861147766] [Devon FHS Library 942.3053]

Tait, Derek. Exeter in the Great War, Barnsley, Pen and Sword Books (2015) 176 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-1473823099]

Thompson, Harry F. The siege of Exeter - 1594 [i.e. 1549]. Devon Life vol. 4 no. 31, (1968) pp.38-39. [Wrongly dated]

Trigger, Christine. Exeter Air Raid Victims, 1940-43, Precious Moments of Exeter (2012). [ISBN-10: 1903356415]

Ward, J H. Counsellor John Were of Silverton, and the siege of Exeter, 1645-6. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 42 (1910).

Articles of Agreement Betweene his Excellency Prince Maurice, And the Earle of Stamford, Upon the delivery of the City of Excester, The fifth of September, 1643, Together with a Letter relating the Earl of Stamfords proceedings in the West., London, Tho. Walkley (1643) 5 pp.

Billetting Arrangements in Exeter - 1892 & 1894, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D108). [Foreword]


Names, Geographical

Raymond, Mary Ruth. Street-Names of Exeter. Pinhoe, Exeter: Obelisk Publications. [ISBN 189907385x].

Walker, Mike. Street-Names of Exeter (Discovering Exeter No. 12). Pinhoe, Exeter: Obelisk Publications (2004). [ISBN 0954434307].


Names, Personal

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

Signatories to a letter supporting an 1820 proclamation by the Mayor of Exeter.

Cresswell, Beatrix F. Exeter Bond of Association. Devonshire Association Trans., vol. 44 (1912) pp. 266-277. [Index]

Hoskins, W.G. (ed.) Exeter Militia List 1803, Chichester, Phillimore (1972) 158 pp. [ISBN 0 85033 693 7] [Lookups-1] [Lookups-2]

Raymond, Stuart. Rejected Applicants for the Freedom in Exeter, 1780-1802. Gen. Mag.  32, 2 (2016) pp. 69-72. [Transcript of a Memorandum Book, held by the Devon Heritage Centre (ECA Book 227), listing the names and details, and the reason for rejection, of 51 candidates.] 

Rowe, M.M. and Jackson, A.M. (Ed.). Exeter Freemen, 1266-1967 (Dev. & Cornwall Rec. Soc. Extra Ser. No. 1), Devon and Cornwall Record Society (1973) 106 pp.

Exeter Register of Licensed Hackney Carriages - 1880-1889, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D031). [Foreword]

Return of Deaths - Western District Exeter - 1887-1889, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D072). [Foreword]

Return of Deaths - Western District Exeter - 1890-1891, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D073). [Foreword]

Return of Deaths - Eastern District Exeter - 1879, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D074). [Foreword]

Return of Deaths - Eastern District Exeter - 1880, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D075). [Foreword]

Jones, Winslow. Exeter Association During the Rebellion of 1745. Notes & Gleanings vol. III 27 (1890) pp.42-48. [Transcript] [Contains a listing of over 1200 signatures.]



The Exeter Express and Echo "web site".

Exeter timeline 1714 to 1721, with continuations to 1840, by Robert Dymond, F.S.A. - extracts from Trewman's Exeter Flying Post.



Charter of the Guild of Cordwainers (archived copy), Exeter, 1481.

Chanter, J F. Exeter goldsmiths' guild. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 44 (1912) pp. 438-479. [Index] [Transcript]

Cresswell, Beatrix F. (transcr.). The first minute books of the worshipful company of Weavers, Tuckers and Shearmen. . . Exeter 1561-1610, 1584-1618, Typescript (1927) 224 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library sB/EXE/338.632/FIR]

Cresswell, Beatrix F. (transcr.). Minute book 1618-98 of the worshipful company of Weavers, Fuller Shearmen of Exeter, Typescript (1927) 280 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library sB/EXE/338.632/MIN]

Cresswell, Beatrix F. A short history of the worshipful company of Weavers, Fullers, and Shearmen of the city and county of Exeter, Exeter, William Pollard & Co (1930) 134 pp. [Westcountry Studies Library B/EXE/338.632/CRE]

Homer, Ronald F. Exeter pewterers from the fourteenth century to about 1750. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 127, (1995) pp.57-79: ill.

Jenkins, Rhys. Exeter Ironmongers and Booksellers in the Seventeenth Century. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 11 (1920-21) p.57. [Index]

Maxted, Ian. A Common Culture? The Inventory of Michael Harte, Bookseller of Exeter, 1615. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.119-128.

Newton, Robert. Law and order in Exeter. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 94, (1962) pp.493-530. [Police, 1833-1848]

Phillips, Deborah. An Angel at Castle Street: Extracts from the Autograph Book of Nurse Georgina Blatwayt when nursing at No. 5 Temporary Hospital, Castle Street, Exeter. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.141-145.

Ponsford, C. N. Time in Exeter: A history of 700 years of clocks and clockmaking in an English provincial city, with details of more than 300 former makers. Headwell Vale Books, Exeter (1978). [ISBN 098063610X]

Ross, C.J. Exeter's Guild of Tailors. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, p. 215. [Transcript]

Scott, Christopher. An iron foundry in Exeter. Devon Historian 41, (1990) pp.26-28: ill. [Foundry built by Charles Coldridge.]

The Brass Helmet: A Hundred Years of the Fire Brigade in Exeter: 1888-1988(n.d.). [Devon DFS Library p942.35/EXE]

The goldsmiths of Exeter. Devon Life vol. 1 no. 8, (1965) pp.6. [1300-1883]

Register of Pedlars Certificates of The City of Exeter - 1871-1874, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D001). [Foreword]

Exeter Register of Licensed Carriages 1880-1889, Exeter, Devon FHS (2004). [Includes name and address of proprietor] [Foreword]


Politics & Government

Alexander, J.J. Leading civic officials of Exeter 1330-1537. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 70, (1938) pp.405-421.

Alexander, J.J. Exeter Members of Parliament. Trans. Devon Assoc. 59 (1927) pp.289-309 [1295 to 1377]; 60 (1928) pp.183-214 [1377 to 1577]; 61 (1929) pp.193-215 [1537 to 1688]; 62 (1930) pp.195-223 [1688 to 1832].

Cullum, R. (1818). The addresses, speeches, squibs, songs etc, which were circulated during the recent general election of members for the City of Exeter and County of Devon, together with those published at the general election in 1816 between Lord Viscount Ebrington and Mr Bastard; likewise a correct list of the names of the voters for the City of Exeter; The New Rolliad, and also an alphabetical list of the different Hundreds in the County of Devon. Exeter: R Cullum at the General Printing Office. pp, ii, 419. [Index]

Davidson, J.B. (ed.). Hoker's Journal of the House of Commons in 1571. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 11, (1879), pp. 442-492. [Index]

Easterling, (Miss). List of civic officials of Exeter in the 12th and 13th centuries C: 1100-1300. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 70, (1938) pp.455-494.

Newton, Robert. The membership of the chamber of Exeter 1688-1835. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 33:8, (1977) pp.282-286.

Newton, Robert. The membership of the Chamber of Exeter 1688-1835. Part 2. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 33:9, (1977) pp.333-336. [Chronological list for period 1759-1835.]

Newton, Robert. The Chamber of Exeter in crisis 1687-1688. Devon Historian 17, (1978) pp.7-11.


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Gray, Todd The Victorian Underclass of Exeter, The Mint Press (2001) [ISBN 1-903356-14-8]

Izacke, Samuel. Rights and Priviledges of the Freemen of Exeter: Being an Account of all Legacies left to the Poor of the said City, From the Year 1164 to 1674 inclusive; Containing An Alphabetical List of the Persons Names by whom such Legacies were left; Also The Sums left by each of them; and The Uses to which they were ordered to be applied by the Donors, being in the whole 132, Exeter, T. Brice (1785) iv + 80 p.

Stuart, Raymond. Crispin Apprentices, part 1: abstracts from the Crispin charity indentures of Exeter's incorporation of weavers, fuller & shearmen, 1694-1780 (abstracts 1-28 & 29-58): Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, vol. 42 part 3 autumn 2017 & part 3, spring 2018. [SoG Library: DE/PER]

Acts of Parliament: Being 4 Acts concerning Hospitals and Workhouses in Exeter, London, (1785) 196 pp.

The Report of the Commissioners Concerning Charities: Containing that Part which Relates to the City of Exeter, Exeter, T. Besley (1825) 598 pp.

Endowed Charities: Exeter, House of Commons Paper 37 (1909). [Devon DFS Library 361.76]

Homes For Friendless And Fallen Girls Exeter - Register - 1879-1881, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D077). [Foreword]

Homes For Friendless And Fallen Girls Exeter - Register - 1882-1883, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D078). [Foreword]

Homes For Friendless And Fallen Girls Exeter - Register - 1884-1885, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D079). [Foreword]

Homes For Friendless And Fallen Girls Exeter - Register - 1886-1887, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D080). [Foreword]

Statement relating to William Wynard's Charity in Exeter, &c. Exeter: W Norton, Printer to the Town Council (1865), 137 pp. [Index]

Devon: The Exeter Workhouse after 1834, Devon Family Historian, vol. 184, (2022) p.34.


Probate Records

Summary of the will of John Mallett (1589), provided by Mike Mallett.

Will of Mary Wingyett (1820), transcribed by Pam Jackson, and provided by Sandra Windeatt.

Will of Roger Webber (1626), provided by Elsie Person.

Will of Lewis Mauzy (1727), transcribed by Dale Caragata.

Will of Thomas Butter (1717), transcribed by Deborah O'Brien.

Will of George Perriam (1853), transcribed by Adrian Parry.

Will of Gregory Mawrie (1617), transcribed by Renee Jackman.

Wills of Martha Blake (1776), Anne Buller (1800), William Buller (1813) and Elizabeth Pincombe (1819), transcribed by Elizabeth Kipp.

Wills of Thomas Maunder (1601)Richard Kelland (1685), William Farwell (1719), William Hartiput (1750), Mary Mallet (1752), William Moxey (1801), Martha Gover (1830), Mary Flashman (1831), Edward Upham (1834), Benjamin Bowring (1836), Richard Every (1839), William Western (1841), John Squance (1855), transcribed by Ros Dunning.

Will of Mary Wills (1799), transcribed by David Davy.

Wills of Katherine Gifford (1666),  Thomas Prestwood (1558), Roger Mallock (1653)  and Christopher Lethbridge (1671) of Exeter, transcribed by  John Moore.


Will of William Burkenam (1563), transcribed by Patrick Garnett-Frizelle.

The Exeter Probate Sub-Registry's address is now: 2nd Floor, Exeter Crown & County Court, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter EX1 1UH

Cotton, William. Glimpses of Elizabethan Households. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 20, (1888), pp. 69-112. [Index]

Donaldson, E A (transcr.). Inventory of the goods and chattels of Richard Bevys, late mayor of Exeter, 1603. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 41 (1909).

Guest, Alfred. Index to Early Exeter Wills, 1286-1400, from Hooker's Commonplace Book and preserved in the Court Rolls of the Mayors of Exeter. Compiled ... from abstracts by Miss O. M. Moger., (1956). [BL 9919.dd.17]

Moore, John. Playing the Long Game, Devon Family Historian, vol. 180, no. (2021) p.7. [A quotation from the will of Christopher Lethbridge (1669).]

Troup, Frances B. Notes on the district probate registry at Exeter. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 33 (1901).

Great Britain. Commissioners on seizure of church goods, 1552-1553. The Edwardian inventories for the city and county of Exeter transcribed from the original documents in the Guildhall, Exeter, London, A.R. Mowbray (1916) xvi, 90 p.

Wills of the families of Denys, Chamond and Arundel from the episcopal register at Exeter. Extracted from unidentified volume [1880] pp169-180 [Westcountry Studies Library - p346.054/WES/WIL]


Religion & Religious Life

Chope, R. Pearse. Huguenot manufacturers in Devon. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 13:1, (1924) pp.24. [Refers to vol.12, pp.268, 300. See also vol.13, p.164.] [Passavant, 1758]

M., R.B. Huguenot manufacturers in Devon. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 12:6, (1923) pp.268-269. [See query vol.12, p.198. Evid. for Passavan(t) business in Exeter.]

Pickard, Ransom. The Huguenots in Exeter. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 68, (1936) pp.261-297; 76, (1944) pp.129-131.



Exeter School founded in 1633 - web-site.

Bush, R.J.E. The Rev. John LempriÈre, D.D. in Devon, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 93, (1961) pp.184-193. [Headmaster of Exeter School 1809-1819]

Bush, R.J.E. Exeter Free Grammar School, 1633-1809. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 94, (1962) pp.363-410, plates: ill.

Clapp, B.W. The University of Exeter: A History, Exeter, The University of Exeter (1982) xiv + 208 pp.

Eyre-Evans, George. Exeter Academy 1760-1771. D&CNQ vol 4, Jan 1906-October 1907, Article no. 62, pp. 108-111. [Transcription]

Hadden, M.L.E. Bishop Blackhall School, Exeter, 1877-1983, Exeter, M.L.E. Hadden (1983) 152 pp. [ISBN: 0950920908]

Harris, J. Transcription of attendees at various Exeter Sunday Schools, c. 1900. Devon Family Historian (Aug. 1996), pp.30-32.

Jewell, Sheila and Jewell, Tom. Exeter Bishop Blackall episcopal charity school: admission register 1839-1855, Devon FHS (2000). [DFHS Library p929.34235]

Locke, Virginia. A study of school log books for selected Exeter schools from 1863-1941. Devon Historian 23, (1981) pp.15-18: ill.

Parry, H. Lloyd. The Founding of Exeter School: A History of the Struggle for freedom of Education within the City of Exeter, Exeter and London, (1913) Illusts, (vi) + 135pp.

Roberts, A. (Tony) J. Norwood School, Exeter, 1935, Devon Family Historian, vol. 162, (2017) pp.26-27. [Includes annotated group photograph of approx. 120 pupils and staff.]

Roberts, Dick. Norwood School, Exeter, Devon c 1936, Devon Family Historian, vol. 133, (2010) p.12. [School photograph, and name listing]

Sturman, J. and Barnes, S. Willingly to School: A History of Newtown School [Exeter] and its Community, [Devon FHS Library p942.35/EXE] (1997).

Saint Luke's College 1839-1978. [St. Luke's College, Exeter University, Exeter]: [J.G. Priestley],1978, 55 pp. ill., 1 map, facsims., 1 plan, ports.

Exeter Bishop Blackall Episcopal Charity School - Admission Register - 1839-1855, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF S001).

Education in the City 1871-1874, (1974). [SoG Library Devon Tracts Box]



Kowaleski, M. (Ed.). The local port customs accounts of Exeter, 1266-1321, Devon & Cornwall Record Society (1994).

Hoskins, W.G. Exeter in the seventeenth century: tax and rate assessments 1602-1699. Exeter: Dev. & Cor. Rec. Soc. (1957)

Rowe, Margery M. (ed.). Tudor Exeter: Tax assessments 1489-1595, including the military survey, 1522. Devon & Cornwall Record Society, New Series, vol. 22 (1977) xix,106p.

Rowe, M. and Draisey, J.M., (Ed.). The Receivers' accounts of the City of Exeter, 1304-1353. 1989, Devon & Cornwall Record Society (1989).