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"GITTISHAM, a small straggling village on a picturesque declivity, near the source of the river Sid, about 3 miles from Ottery St Mary and Honiton, and 14 miles E.N.E. of Exeter, has in its parish 376 souls and 2067A. 2R. 5P. of land, rising in bold hills from the Otter and Sid valleys. The knightly family of De Lumine held the manor in the reign of Henry II., and it afterwards passed to the Willingtons, Beaumonts, and the Putts. It passed from the late Rev. Thos. Putt to the Rev. Henry Wm. Marker, the present lord of the manor, and owner of most of the parish, who has a pleasant seat here called Combe House, a large stone mansion in the Elizabethan style, standing on a commanding eminence in a well-wooded park, overlooking the Otter valley. . . . The Church is an ancient structure, with a tower and three bells, and contains some fine monuments to the Beaumont and Putt families. . . . In the churchyard is a large elm tree, the hollow trunk of which is 30 feet in circumference. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £21. 8s. 11½d., and in 1831 at £320, is in the patronage of the Rev. H.W. Marker, and the incumbency of Rev. Thomas John Marker, M.A., who has a large residence with pleasant grounds, and 47A. 1R. 6P. of glebe. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in East Budleigh Hundred, the Archdeaconry and the Diocese of Exeter.



Joanna Southcott - Wikipedia entry (searched 16 Oct 2014)]

Hann, R. (1810). The remarkable life, entertaining history and adventures of Joanna Southcott, the prophetess, London: W. Smith & Co, Seven Dials (1810). 40pp. [Index]
Lane, Charles. Joanna Southcott. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, pp. 69-73. [Transcript]
Lewis, Val. Satan's mistress: the extraordinary story of the 18th century fanatic Joanna Southcott and her lifelong battle with the Devil, Shepperton, Middlesex, Nauticalia Ltd (2002) 320 pp. [ISBN 0953045803]
M., J.M. Tom Putt Apples. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, p. 99. [Transcript]
Marker, Robert. Tom Putt Apples. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol.  VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, p. 140.[Transcript]
Rose-Troup, F. & Skinner, A.J.P. Tom Putt Apples. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, p. 64. Notes 37 & 38. [Transcript]


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Church History

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


Church Records

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

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1838, Burials 1800-1837 - for details see their book list.

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1809-37 - see Axminster (PRO RG 4/512)

Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).

Treveleyan, W.C. Extracts from the Registers at Gittisham, Devonshire. Miscellanea Genealogia et Heraldica, New Series 1 (1874) pp.262-263.
The Deanery of Honiton: CD-ROM CD041, Exeter, Devon FHS (2013). [Axminster Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Axmouth Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1603-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Chardstock Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Colyton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1538-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Combpyne Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1757-1836, Bur: 1796-1847; Cotleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Dalwood Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Farway Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Gittisham Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1800-1837; Hawkchurch Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Honiton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Honiton Ind, Bur: 1774-1837; Kilmington Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Membury Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Monkton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1814-1842; Musbury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Northleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Offwell Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Seaton & Beer Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1839, Bur: 1813-1837; Shute Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Southleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Stockland Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1640-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Thorncombe Bapt: 1813-1837, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1841; Uplyme Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1813-1837; Wambrook Bapt: 1813-1904, Mar: 1754-1836; Widworthy Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1954, Bur: 1790-1837.]

Description and Travel

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

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

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Rose-Troup, F.; Skinner, A.J.P. Tom Putt apples. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 7:2, (1912) pp.64, pars 37, 38. [See query vol.7, p.47, par.25. Also vol.7, pp.99, 140.]
Skinner, A.J.P. Michell of Gittisham. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 7:1, (1912) pp.24-25. [See vol.5, p.175, par.105.] [Transcript]

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Gittisham has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Edwards, E. Devonshire - Containing Historical, Biographical and Descriptive Notices of Exmouth & its Neighbourhood, including the Exe, Littleham, Withycombe Raleigh, East Budleigh, Otterton and Bicton, Sidmouth and Sidbury, Gittisham, Ottery St. Mary, Lympstone, and Topsham; with Notices of the Pedigree of the Rolle, Raleigh, and Courtney Families, &c. Contains Notices of some Picturesque and Antiquarian Excursions in the neighbourhood of the Exe Estuary, and along the adjacent coast, including Budleigh Salterton, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Torquay, &c., Exeter, S. Drayton & Sons (1867) 362 pp.
Exell, Arthur Wallis. Joanna Southcott at Blockley and the Rock Cottage relics, Shipston on Stour, P. Drinkwater (1977) vii, 87p: ill, facsim, port. [Published for the Blockley Antiquarian Society] [Westcountry Studies Library 133.32/DEV/EXE]
Southcott, Joanna. (1804). The trial of Joanna Southcott during seven days, which commenced on the fifth and finished on the eleventh of December at the Neckinger House, Bermondsey, near London. London: S. Rousseau, Wood Street, Spa Field. Sold by E.J. Field, 2 High Street, St Giles; and also by W. Symonds, Gandy Lane, and the Miss Eveleighs, St Sidwell's, Exeter (1804) xl; 156pp. [Index]

Language and Languages

The British Library's Survey of English Dialects - Gittisham, Devon.


Military History

Marker, The Hon. Mrs. Deserters. Devon Notes & Queries, vol. I, (January 1900 to January 1901), p. 133. [Transcript]

Names, Personal

Gittisham contributors to a 1678 brief for the rebuilding of St Paul's Cathedral.



Gittisham Apprentices Register - 1803-1838, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF A204). [Foreword]