"MEMBURY, 4 miles N. by W. of Axminster, is a scattered village and parish on gentle acclivities, bounded by the Yarty rivulet and the borders of Dorsetshire. It comprises 886 souls, and 4089 acres of land, including Furley and Longbridge hamlets, and many scattered farmhouses, &c. It has a cattle fair on August 10th. The Deans and Canons of the Royal Free Chapel of St. George the Martyr, at Windsor Castle, are lords of the manor, which they have held since 1474, . . . Lord Sidmouth, Robert Davy, Esq., Mrs. Festing, and Samuel Newbery, Esq., have freehold estates here. The latter has a pleasant seat called Goodman's, and is owner of Yarty, an old farmhouse, lately the property of the Earl of Lovelace, and anciently the seat of the Yarty and Frye families. The Church (St. John the Baptist,) is an ancient structure, with a tower and five bells. It contains several monuments of the Frye and other families, and its burial ground was consecrated in 1316. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Axminster Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter, which was a chapelry of Aminster until 1911.



Hostettler, John. Thomas Wakley: an improbable radical. Chichester: B.Rose Law Pub. (1993) xi, 158p: plates. [ISBN 1872328903]


MIs for this parish are included in the Incledon index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.

R. The Quakers' Meeting House and Burial Ground, Membury, Devon. Western Antiquary 2 (1882) pp.181-182.

Church History

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

Dymond, Robert. A deserted meeting-house and burial ground. London: Barrett, Sons, & Co. [1886] 19p,plate: maps. [Westcountry Studies Library - 289.6/MEM/DYM]
Langdon, F.E.W. Membury Church. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 39, (1907) pp.131-143. [Index]
The Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Membury, (n.d.). [S0G Library - DE Tracts]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1637 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1637, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1620, 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 1620-1837, and Marriages 1624-1837. (These entries are in part from Bishops' Transcripts.)

Cornish, R. Membury Church Registers, Part 1, 1637-1686. Axminster: Edwin Snell (1903) [4],56p. [Westcountry Studies Library - 29.3/MEM/1637] p
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 & Travel

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

Membury Village Design Statement, from East Devon District Council.



Transcription of Membury entry in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850, provided by Sheila Jones.



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



Geare, Ralph Holwell. Holwells of Membury, Colyton, Axmouth. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 26 (1954-55) pp.52-53.

Historical Geography

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



Davidson, James. Collections for Membury and Kilmington. Manuscript [1861?] 326p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sB/MEM/0001/CAW]
Langdon, F E W.  Relics of the Civil War. Devon Notes & Queries, vol. I, (January 1900 to January 1901), pp. 118-9. [Transcript]
Pulman, George P.R. The Book of the Axe. Bath: Kingsmead Reprints (1969) pp. 719 et seq. (Reprint of 3rd edition, 1875.) [Lookups]
Wilkin, Walter Harold. Notes on Membury and the Yarty. From Dev. Assoc. Trans. (1926) 1 vol,plates: ill. [Originally published in 5 parts 1926-30]
Wilkin, Walter Harold. Notes on Membury. Typescript [1930?] 32,[10],56p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sxB/MEM/0001/WIL]


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Names, Personal

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