Exeter: St David


"The [3508 inhabitants in the 1841 Census] return of St. David's parish included 110 persons in Devon County Gaol; 155 in Devon County House of Correction; 62 in Exeter City Prison; and 81 in the Cavalry Barracks. . . . St. David's Church occupies a beautiful situation on St. David's hill, in the northern suburbs of the city. The ancient church was pulled down in 1816, when the erection of the present fabric was commenced, but it was considerably enlarged in 1839. It is chiefly in the Roman style, with a Doric portico, and a round tower, containing six bells. It has a spacious burial ground; and its large parish includes the City and County Prisons, the Cavalry Barracks, Northernhay, the Railway Station, the manor of Duryards, and many neat houses. It is said to have been anciently a chapelry to Heavitree, and to have had a chapel near the river, dedicated to St. Clement. The benefice is a perpetual curacy, worth about £280 per annum.; but in 1850 it will be augmented with the great tithes, (£150 per ann.,) by gift of the Dean and Chapter. The latter are patrons, and the Rev. C.C. Bartholomew is the incumbent. Until recently, the Vicar of Heavitree was patron." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

Situated to the North West of the old walled City of Exeter.

Peskett: "A chapelry of Heavitree . . . St Michael and All Angels is a modern chapel of ease (1868)".



Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) John Stevens [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 46, (1914), p. 45. [Transcript]



The St David's Church web-site provides, in its Churchyards page, access to an alphabetised listing of over 1800 people buried in the churchyard, and an email address for seeking further information.


Church History

Exeter St David's Church web-site.

Smith, M.G. A Short History of the Building of St David's Church. Exeter: The Author (1984). [Includes list of subscribers, c.1895-1903.]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1559 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1559 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 1559-1837 and Marriages 1559-1837.

Exeter, St Davids - Deaths 1887-91 [Western District] (2 vols) and St Sidwell Deaths 1871-73, (2007). [SoG Library DE/REG]

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

Greenaway, Joyce. St Davids (Discovering Exeter No. 1), (1981) [Devon FHS Library p942.35/EXE]

You can see pictures of Exeter: St David which are provided by:





Greenaway, J. Eight Hundred Years of the People and Parish of St David Exeter. (1974)

Greenaway, Joyce St. David's. Exeter: Civic Society (1981) 40p. - (Discovering Exeter; 1). [Exeter Univ. Library]

Passmore, Dick. Fardel House & Montpellier, St Davids, Exeter, Little Silver Publications (2003). [ISBN 0954447212] [DFHS Library p942.35/EXE]



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX915930 (Lat/Lon: 50.726457, -3.538589), Exeter: St David which are provided by:


Names, Personal

Militia List (1803) for St Davids, transcribed by Iris Sutton.


Probate Records

Will of Jonathan Pethybridge (1849), transcribed by Ros Dunning.

Will of Elizabeth Blake (1789), transcribed by Elizabeth Kipp.

Davidson, James Bridge. On Some Further Documents Relating to Crediton Minster. Trans. Devon Assoc. 14 (1882) pp.247-277. [Raymond: Includes transcripts of 14th c. deeds, and the will of Bartholomew of St Davids, Exeter.]