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"NORTHLEIGH is a parish consisting of a few scattered houses, 4 miles south-east from Honiton station on the main line of the London and South Western railway, and 20 east from Exeter, in the Eastern division of the county, Colyton hundred, Honiton petty sessional division, union and county court district, rural deanery of Dunkeswell and Honiton, and archdeaconry and diocese of Exeter. The church of St. Giles is a building of stone, chiefly in the Perpendicular style . . . in 1869 the church was new roofed and the nave and tower restored; the latter at the cost of the late Sir Edmund S. Prideaux bart.; there is a memorial window to the Rev. H. P. Daniell, a former rector, erected by his daughter, Miss M. F. Daniell, and a marble tablet in the north aisle to Robert Underdown esq. formerly of this parish, d. 2 April, 1811: the font is Norman. There are 150 sittings. The register of baptisms dates from the year 1700; marriages, 1708; burials, 1697. . . . The crops are wheat, barley, oats and roots. The area is 1,172 acres; rateable value, £1,208; the population in 1891 was 190 in the civil and 180 in the ecclesiastical parish, and 172 in the civil parish in 1901." [From: Kelly's Directory of Devonshire, 1902]

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



Skinner, A.J.P. John Carpenter, vicar of Branscombe 1580-1620/21, rector of Northleigh 1587-1620/21, and his son Nathaniel. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 7:3, (1912) pp.95-97. [1588-1628] [Transcript]
Smith, Jeannette. Untangling the Reverends William Salter of Northleigh and Cadeleigh, Devon Family Historian, vol. 138, (2011) pp.29-31.


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


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Church History

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


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1697 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1700 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

Rectors of St Giles, Northleigh, transcribed by John WIlliams.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837 - for details see their book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1700-1812, and Marriages 1700-1812.

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 Northleigh 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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Skinner, A.J.P. Tristram Bowdage. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 10:8, (1919) pp.326-327. [See vol.10, p.274, line 4.]

Historical Geography

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


Military History

War Memorial at St. Giles Church, Northleigh, transcribed by John Williams


Names, Personal

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



Hoskins, W.G. Extracts from the lay subsidy rolls...for the parishes of Luppitt [1591, 1660], Cotleigh [1660], Monkton [1660], Shute [1660], Northleigh [1660], Farway [1660] and lists of the inhabitants of the precinct of Bradninch in Exeter, 1708, 1732, 1752, Manuscript (1935). [D&CRS Library, Exeter: P1660]