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Exeter: St Mary Steps

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"St. Mary Steps' Church is in West street, at the foot of Stepcote hill, adjoining the site of the West gate, through which the city was formerly entered by a flight of steps. It is a small ancient fabric, and in its tower is a curious clock, over the dial of which are three small figures ;- the centre one representing Henry VIII., in a sitting posture, bends forward every time the clock strikes; and the other two are in military costume, with javelins in their right hands, and in their left small hammers, with which they alternately strike the quarters on two small bells beneath their feet. These figures are vulgarly called Matthew the miller and his two sons, from the circumstance of an old miller, who formerly lived in the neighbourhood, and passed the clock punctually at stated times. There are four bells in the tower, and the church has a handsome pulpit, a very ancient font, and a neat altar piece. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £8. 6s. 8d., and in 1831 at £180, was in the gift of Dr. Carwithen, but is now in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Thomas A. Melhuish." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A small parish in the old walled City of Exeter, just inside the West Gate, its population in 1801 was 719.

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Census

Transcript of the 1803 census for St Mary Steps parish, by Jenni Gay.

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Church History

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

The Parish Church of St. Mary Steps in the city and Diocese of Exeter. [[1960 1969, 6 leaves ; 21 cm. Photocopy of typescript. Signed: Michael Moreton.

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Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1655 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1610 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 book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1558-1837, Marriages 1610-1634, 1655-1837.

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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Names, Personal

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