"IPPLEPEN (ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST), a parish, in the union of NEWTON-ABBOTT, hundred of HAYTOR, Teignbridge and S. divisions of DEVON, 3¾ miles (S. S. W.) from Newton-Abbott; containing, with the chapelry of Woodland, 1172 inhabitants. It comprises 2726 acres, of which 180 are common or waste. The church has a handsome screen, and an enriched wooden pulpit; it formerly belonged, with some adjoining lands, to the priory of St. Peter de Fulgeriis in Brlttany, and attached to it was a cell to that establishment. The Wesleyans have a place of worship." [From Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England (1844)]

A parish in Haytor Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes, and the Diocese of Exeter.



Brooking-Rowe, J. (Ed.) Joseph Fletcher Robinson. [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. XXXVI, (1904), p. 39. [Transcript]


Church History

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

Ipplepen Methodist Church web site.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1558 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1558 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1843, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

  • Wesleyan Chapel, Dainton: Registers for c1813-37 - see Teignmouth (PRO RG 4/1220)

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

Ipplepen Wesleyan Methodist Church. Ipplepen Wesleyan Methodist baptisms 1838-1945. (1993) 14p. [Westcountry Studies Library - px929.3/IPP/1838]

Phillimore, W. P. W. (William Phillimore Watts). "Marriages at Ipplepen, 1612-1813", In Devonshire parish registers, vol. 1. London: Phillimore & Co., 1909 (Phillimore's parish register series, vol. 112), pp. 1-30. [Full text]

Sellman, R.R. Family reconstitution from the parish registers of Ipplepen, Devon, 1671-1870. Typescript (1988) 72p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.3/IPP/1671]

Deanery of Ipplepen: Photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850. CD - Devon FHS (2012). [An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of: Abbotskerswell Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1756-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Berry Pomeroy Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Brixham All Saints Baptisms (1826-1839), Marriages (1826-1837), Burials (1831-1832); Brixham St Mary Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Broadhempston Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1681-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Churston Ferrers Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1835), Burials (1800-1837); Cockington Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1780-1834); Coffinswell Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1857); Denbury Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1800-1837); Ipplepen Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1843), Burials (1813-1837); Kingskerswell Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Kingswear Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1755-1837), Burials (1780-1837); Littlehempston Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1731-1837), Burials (1813-1840); Marldon Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Paignton Baptisms (1813-1841), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Paignton Independent Burials (1826-1836); Staverton Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Stoke Gabriel Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Torbryan Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1838), Burials (1813-1854); Tormohun Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Torquay St Marychurch Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Wolborough Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1839), Burials (1813-1837); Woodland Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1755-1835), Burials (1813-1838).]


Description & Travel

Conservation Area Appraisal for Ipplepen - an interesting account of the area, with numerous photographs and maps.

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

You can see pictures of Ipplepen which are provided by:



Transcription provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.



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



This parish is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.

Family History in Ipplepen (archived copy), by Arthur French.

Watkin, Hugh R. Bulley and Jerrard (or Jellard) families. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 11:8, (1921) pp.304-305. [See query vol.11, p.251. Also vol.12, pp.16-17.] [Index]



Ipplepen Archaeology Project ("A previously unknown Romano-British site of significance was discovered in 2007 as a result of two local metal detectorists finding Roman coins. . . The site is unique to the South West Britain and its research will significantly contribute to our understanding of life in the Romano-British world, on the edges of the Roman Empire.")

Cooke, R.D. Notes on the Churches and Parishes of Ipplepen and Torbryan. (1963) [Plymouth Library]

French, Arthur. Ipplepen, Obelisk Publications (2003). [ISBN 1 903585 28 7] [Index]



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX833665 (Lat/Lon: 50.486655, -3.646379), Ipplepen which are provided by:


Probate Records

Will  of Jeffery Bullye or Bulley (1595), provided by John Moore. 



Ipplepen Local History Group website.