Exeter: St Martin


"St. Martin's Church, in the Cathedral yard, is a small antique fabric, said to have been consecrated in 1665. It has a tower and one bell, and contains a few ancient monuments. Its parish had a chapel dedicated to St. Peter, but it was disused before 1265. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £8. 14s. 6d., and in 1831 at only £77, is in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter, and incumbency of the Rev. M. Tucker, M.A." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish the centre of the old walled City of Exeter, adjoining the Cathedral Close, its population in 1801 was 310.


Church History

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

Lega-Weekes, Ethel and Everett, A.W. St. Martin's House-on-the-Well, Cathedral Close, Exeter. [S.l.: s.n., 1935?]. - 32p.[Exeter Univ. Library]

Nesbitt, F. Rectors of Exeter Churches: St Martin's. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries 15 (1928-29), pp. 379-384.

The Parish Church of St. Martin, Exeter, 1959, [4] pp. ill.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1754 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1572 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 1572-1837, Marriages 1572-1645, 1669-1836.

Jackson, Percival. Marriages at St Martin's, Exeter. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 12:7, (1923) pp.309-310. [See query vol.12, p.278. Pre-1660 memorandum quoted.]

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].


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Land & Property

Gray, Todd. St. Martin's Island: An introductory history of forty two Exeter buildings, Mint Press (2017) 192 pp. [ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1903356715] ["a detailed study of the 42 buildings in St Martin’s parish, Exeter, showing their history and development over the years. It also list the occupants of the buildings"]



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Names, Personal

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



Window Tax records for 1768-69 are held by the Devon Record Office.