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Newton Poppleford

"NEWTON POPPLEFORD [is a] tithing and chapelry, which has 549 inhabitants and 524 acres of land . . . in the vale of the Otter, where it has a good village and a stone bridge of three arches, 10 miles E. by S. of Exeter, and 3 miles S. of Ottery St. Mary. . . . The Chapel of Ease (St Mark,) at Newton Poppleford, is served by the vicar [of Aylesbeare], and is said to have been founded as a chantry chapel by Edward III., about 1330. It is a stone fabric, with a Norman tower and one bell. The village of Newton has also a small Independent Chapel, built in 1816; and on the river bank is a crepe and silk factory, which belongs to Hy. Elliott, Esq., but is now unoccupied. Many females here are employed in making Honiton Lace. . ." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A chapelry in the parish of Aylesbeare in East Budleigh Hundred in the Archdeaconry and Dioces of Exeter, which became a separate parish in 1896. Part of the Otter Valley area.


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Church History

Pearse Chope, R. Church Bands. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. IX, (January 1916 to January 1917), pp. 124-5. [Transcript]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1862 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1580 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1581-1670, and Marriages 1581-1630, 1654-1670 (separately listed in the Aylesbeare Registers).

Sellman, R.R. Aylesbeare with Newton Poppleford, Devon: edited transcript of parish registers to 1837/1854 (typescript) 144p. [Westcountry Studies Library]

Description and Travel

Section on Newton Poppleford  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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Historical Geography

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



Bevan, H.O. Newton Poppleford: Historical Notes (typescript). (1956) 10p. [Westcountry Studies Library - xB/NEW 4/0001/BEV]
Tenney, G. Peep into the past: Newton Poppleford and Harpford. Newton Abbot: G.Tenney [1988] 27p. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/NEW 4/0001/TEN]
Wilson, Ray. Yesterday in Newton Poppleford: the way we were, the things we did, Newton Poppleford, R. Wilson (1999) 93 pp.
The lower Otter valley: sketches on local history, Budleigh, Otter Valley Assoc. (1984) 104p: ill,maps. [ISBN 0950753416]


The Otter Valley Association has an extensive web-site providing much genealogical and historical material.