"MOREBATH, a small village on a bold southern declivity, 2 miles N. of Bampton, has in its parish 466 souls, and 3349A. of land, including the small village of Exbridge, which is partly in Somersetshire, near the confluence of the rivers Exe and Barle, where the hills rise in lofty elevations on the borders of the two counties. A cattle fair is held here on the Monday after August 24th. Montague Baker Bere, Esq., is lord of the manor, which was long held by Berlinch Abbey; but part of the parish belongs to John Bere, Esq., Henry Ball, Esq., and several smaller freeholders. The Church (St. George,) is an ancient structure, with a tower and five bells, and some remains of a window brought from Berlinch Abbey in the 16th century. It contains a Norman font, and several neat monuments. The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £7. 8s. 9d., and in 1831 at £200, is in the patronage of T.L. Clarke, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. A.B. Hill, who has a good residence at the foot of a high cliff, and 5A. of glebe. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



Fear, Chris. John Panton - nurseryman extraordinary. Devon Life vol. 5 no. 41, (1969) pp.22-23; ill.


Church Records

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

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

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

Name index to the Morebath Churchwardens' Accounts, provided by Mark Brewer.

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Bampton, Bickleigh, Burlescombe, Calverleigh, Clayhanger, Culmstock, Halberton, Hockworthy, Holcombe Rogus, Huntsham, Loxbeare, Morebath, Petton Chapelry, Sampford Peverell, Tiverton St. Peter, Tiverton Cove, Uffculme, Uplowman, Washfield and Willand. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White’s Directory (1850) and Kelly’s Directory of Devonshire (1902), CD-ROM 064, Exeter, Devon FHS (2016). [Bampton Bapt: 1813-1838 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1814-1838; Bickleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1836 Bur: 1800-1837; Burlescombe Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1838 Bur: 1813-1837; Calverleigh Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1757-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Clayhanger Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1833 Bur: 1750-1852; Culmstock Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Halberton Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Hockworthy Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1759-1837 Bur: 1813-1838; Holcombe Rogus Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1844 Bur: 1813-1837; Huntsham Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1755-1836 Bur: 1750-1838; Loxbeare Bapt: 1813-1841 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1983; Morebath Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1800-1837; Petton Chapelry Bampton Parish Bapt: 1813-1839 Bur: 1813-1861; Sampford Peverell Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Tiverton St Peter Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Tiverton Cove Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1682-1837 Bur: 1815-1837; Uffculme Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1783-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Uplowman Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Washfield Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1800-1837; Willand Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1800-1837.]

Binney, J.E. A Warden's Account Book in the Parish of Morebath. Western Antiquary 10, 9 (1891) pp.121-123, 149-151 and 180-182; 11 (1891-92) pp.21-23, 39-43, 114-116, 129-132, 158-159 and 185-187.

Binney, J. Erskine (transcr.) Accounts of the wardens of the parish of Morebath, Devon 1520-1573. Exeter: James G.Commin (1904) [8], 256p, plates: facsims. [Full text]

Binney, J.Erskine. The accounts of the wardens of the parish of Morebath, 1520-1573. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 3:Appx, (1904). [Item 1, 1-256. Fold-out facs; transcript; index.]

H., W.S.B. and Editors. Morebath wardens' accounts. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 12:8, (1923) pp.346-347. [Obscurities in entries.]

H., W.S.B. and Chope, R. Pearse. Morebath wardens' accounts. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 13:1, (1924) pp.10-12; 13:2, (1924) pp.57-59; 13:3, (1924) pp.101-102; 13:4, (1924) pp.161-163. [Continuation of vol.12, p.346.]


Description & Travel

Section on Morebath  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.



Ball, W Valentine, (Ed.). Reminiscences and Letters of Sir Robert Ball. Boston: Little Brown (1915). illus, xvi, 407 pp. [Index]

Sayer, M.J. Pedigrees of county families. [1], Genealogists Magazine 19 (8), 1978, pp. 284-5.



Duffy, Eamon. The Voices of Morebath, Yale University Press (2001). [ISBN: 0300091850] [Based on records from 1520-1574 by the parish priest, Sir Christopher Trychay - encompasses the "Prayer Book Rebellion" of 1549 and the major changes in the Church from Henry VIII through to 15 years of Elizabeth and how such national events impacted on a small village of 33 families]

Sellman, R.R. Extracts from Local Records Typescript (1968) [Westcountry Studies Library]

Cuttings etc., chiefly relating to Morebath and district, originally pasted into a rate book...rebound by DRO, 1980. [1900] [100]p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - sfB/MOR 2/1870/CUT]



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