Exeter: Heavitree


"HEAVITREE PARISH, On the eastern side of Exeter, and partly within the parliamentary boundary of the city, contains 3469A. of land, and 3048 inhabitants. It comprises the Artillery Barracks, Regent Park, Baring Crescent, Polesloe, Richmond Grove, Mont le Grand, Bicton Place, and other eastern suburbs of the city, and the small villages of EAST and SOUTH WONFORD, and WHIPTON, at the distance of from one to two miles. The village of Heavitree, one mile E. of Exeter, has many neat houses, and is said to have derived its name from having been formerly the place of execution for the city. The manor of Wonford, which anciently gave name to this parish, and still gives name to the hundred, was part of the demesne of the crown in the reign of Edward the Confessor. . . . Sir Thomas Baring is now lord of this manor, but a great part of the parish belongs to other proprietors. Lord Poltimore is lord of the manor of Wippen or Whipton, which has been held for a long period by his family - the Bampfyldes. St. Loyes is the pleasant seat and property of Pitman Jones, Esq., and near it is the decayed chapel of St. Eliguis, or St. Loyes, which has long been used as a stable. South Wonford House belongs to Francis Spicer, Esq., and Ringwell Manor to Genl. Sir D. Ximenes. . . . The PARISH CHURCH, dedicated to St. Michael, was rebuilt in 1845-'6, at the cost of about £3000, raised by subscription, and a grant of £500 from the Church Building Society. It was consecrated Aug. 1st, 1846, and is a neat structure of mixed architecture, with a tower of four bells. . . . The Rev. A. Atherley, M.A., is the incumbent, and has a good residence, and six acres of glebe. . . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

Heavitree is in the Deanery of Exeter, as a suburb parish of the City of Exeter, although technically it was not incorporated into the City until 1913.



Barnes, Ken. Evacuated from London to Exeter 1941-1942, Devon Family Historian, vol. 111, (2004) pp.24-25. [Memories of the Barnes family's evacuation to Heavitree.]

Cawsey, David. The Downfall of Frederick Reed Eveleigh - and the Rescue of George Eveleigh, Devon Family Historian, vol. 116, (Nov 2005) pp.27-31. [The Eveleigh family of Sidmouth, and Susan Barker of Heavitree (1808-86)]

Harpley, Rev. W. John Hallet Batten. [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1886, Vol XVIII, p. 57-58. [Transcript]

Strawford, Margaret. The Titanic and the Crees Family, Devon Family Historian, no. 125, (Feb 2008) p.27.

Pengelly, W. Richard Hooker, Master of the Temple. In; Devonshire gleanings from Manningham’s Diary. Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 1875, Vol VII, p. 384. [Transcript]

Phillips, Brian. Frank Goss and the Battle of Jutland, Devon Family Historian, vol. 176, (2020) pp.9-10.

Walton, Isaac. (1836). The works of that learned and judicious Divine, Mr Richard Hooker: With an account of his life and death. A new edition with additions arranged by Rev John Keble, MA. Oxford University Press, Vol. 1, xcii, 527pp. [Index]



MIs for the parish church (St Michael and All Angels), and for All Saints Chapel, Whipton, are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.

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

A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Church of St Michael and All Angels is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 8 of Devon Memorial inscriptions (DE/M23).

Map, list of interments, and set of headstone photographs of Whipton, All Saints' Churchyard, from Find A Grave.

Gander, D. Heavitree MIs. Devon Family Historian 38 (1986) pp4-6.

Monumental Inscriptions of St Michaels and All Angels, the Parish Church of Heavitree, Exeter. Devon Family History Society, Exeter Group (1985). [SoG DE/M25]

Monumental Inscriptions in the Churchyard of St Michaels and All Angels, the Parish Church of Heavitree, Exeter. Devon Family History Society, Exeter Group (1989). [SoG DE/M23]


Church History

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

Clarke, Kate M. Records of St. Nicholas' priory, Exeter. Trans. Devon Assoc. 44 (1912) pp. 192-206. [Index]

Parry, H. Lloyd. St Nicholas Priory, Exeter, Southwoods (1929). [Devon FHS Library p942.35/EXE]

R., G. The Parishe, of, Hevitree in the, Countye, of, Devon. Devon Notes and Queries Vol. 1, (January 1900 to October 1902) pp.59-63. [Transcript]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1556 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1555 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

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

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1555-1837 and Marriages 1653-1837.

R., G. The Parishe, of, Hevitree in the, Countye, of, Devon. Devon Notes and Queries Vol 1, Part 2 (1900) pp.59-73. [Raymond: Agreement on church business signed by all the men of the parish, 1586.] [Index]

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].


Description & Travel

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

Gentry, P. Discovering Whipton, (c1996) [ISBN 095087362] [Devon FHS Library p942.35/EXE]

You can see pictures of Exeter: Heavitree which are provided by:



Heavitree is included in the Exeter Directory section of White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.



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



Attwood, J.S. Banckes family of Exeter and Heavitree, Western Antiquary 11, 1892, pp. 151-5. See also p. 196.

Bang, Lizzie. William Edward Chamberlain, Devon Family Historian, vol. 155, (2015) p.33.

Geare, R. Holwell. Geere of Heavitree and Kenn, and Geer of U.S, A, Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 28, 1959-61, pp. 261-3 & 291-5. See also 29, 1962-4, pp. 9; 31, 1968-70, pp. 250.



Dallas, J. The Heraldry of Devonshire Churches: St Michael's, Heavitree. Notes and Gleanings - Devon and Cornwall 3 (1890) pp.49-54.


Historical Geography

Thomas, Andrew F.G.S., Some Notes on a Natural Pipe from a Sand-Pit in the Breccia Series. Trans. Devon. Assoc., Vol XX. (1888), illus., pp. 378-382. [Index]



Barber, Chips. Heavitree of Yesteryear. Pinhoe, Exeter: Obelisk Publications. [ISBN 1899073507].

Barber, Chips and Lashbrook, Don. Whipton of Yesteryear. Obelisk Publications (2000) 32 p. [ISBN-13:978-1903585047]

Falla, Trevor Heavitree. Exeter: Civic Society, 1983. - 48p. - (Discovering Exeter: 3). [Exeter Univ. Library] [Index]

Herbert, Sidney H. The Parish of Heavitree. Typescript [1988] 119p. [Westcountry Studies Library]



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX937922 (Lat/Lon: 50.719673, -3.5072), Exeter: Heavitree which are provided by:


Military History

Heavitree Roll of Honour, Heavitree Local History Society, 4 Holmfield Road, Exeter EX1 2QS 58 pp. [ISBN 0 9543649 0 2] [Information on each of Heavitree's members of the armed forces who died in WW1


Names, Personal

Heavitree Nuisances Presentments And Inspector's Record Books - 1856-1859, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D066). [Foreword]

Exeter Heavitree Vaccination Register - 1905, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D083). [Foreword]

Heavitree Vaccination Register - 1906, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D117). [Foreword]