"OTTERTON, a long village, on the eastern bank of the river Otter, within a mile of the sea, and 11 miles S.E. by E. of Exeter, has in its parish 1245 souls, and 3500 acres of land, extending southward to the mouth of the Otter, and including the small hamlets of Northmost-town, Pitson, Passford, and Pinn. Many of the female inhabitants are employed in making Honiton lace; and two fairs are held here on the Wednesday in Easter week, and the Wednesday after October 10. King John founded here a Priory of four monks, and endowed it with the manors of Otterton, Sidmouth, and East Budleigh . . . The Trustees of the late Lord Rolle are now lords of the manor of Otterton, owners of most of the parish, impropriators of the great tithes, and patrons of the vicarage, valued in K.B. at £22, and in 1831 at £314. The Ven. J.M. Stephens, M.A. is the vicar, and has a good residence, and 28A. of glebe. . . . The Church (St. Michael,) is an ancient cruciform structure, with a tower and five bells. The transept was rebuilt by the late Lord Rolle, about ten years ago. There was anciently a chapel at a place called Hederland. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in East Budleigh Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter. Part of the Otter Valley area.



Index of the Memorial Inscriptions for St Michael and All Angels, Otterton - by Ros Hickman.

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



Name Index to the 1841 Census, provided by Ros Hickman.


Church History

Guilloreau, Leon. Chartes d'Otterton: Prieure Dependant de l'Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel (Devon). Liguge (Vienna): E. Aubmin (1909).

Harrison, E. Michael. History of the church at Otterton. Otterton: The Author (1983) 50p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - p726.5/OTT/HAR] [Raymond: Includes detailed biographical notes on vicars.]

Hutchinson, O. The Cartulary of the Priory of Otterton and Sidmouth. Notes and Gleanings - Devon and Cornwall 1 (1888) pp.88-90, 106-107, 117-119, 139-142, 155-157, 168-171, 187-190.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1559 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): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1820-37 - see Budleigh (PRO RG 4/517)

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1558-1700, and Marriages 1559-1700.

Otterton burials 1813-1968Otterton christenings 1813-1884, and Otterton marriages 1813-1837 - SoG Data Online DE/REG (SoG Members only).

The Deanery of Aylesbeare: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Aylesbeare, Bicton, Branscombe, Broadclyst, Clyst Honiton, Clyst St.George, Clyst St.Mary, Colaton Raleigh, East Budleigh, Farringdon, Harpford, Huxham, Littleham, Lympstone, Otterton, Ottery St. Mary, Pinhoe, Poltimore, Rockbeare, Salcombe Regis, Sidbury, Sidmouth, Sowton, Stoke Canon, Topsham, Venn Ottery, Whimple, Withycombe Raleigh and Woodbury. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850 and Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of England 1844, CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2012). [Aylesbeare Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Bicton Bapt: 1813-1843, Mar: 1755-1835, Bur: 1813-1852, Bur: 1725-1845 (BTs); Branscombe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1545-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Broadclyst Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst Honiton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst St. George Bapt: 1813-1837, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst St. Mary Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1756-1840, Bur: 1813-1837; Colaton Raleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; East Budleigh Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; East Budleigh Salem Chapel, Bur: 1832-1837; Farringdon Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1852; Glenorchy Independent Exmouth, Bur: 1784-1818; Harpford Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1809-1837; Huxham Bapt: 1813-1852, Mar: 1758-1836, Bur: 1813-1864; Littleham (near Exmouth) Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Lympstone Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Otterton Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Ottery St. Mary Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Pinhoe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1844, Bur: 1813-1838; Poltimore Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Rockbeare Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Salcombe Regis Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Sidbury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1830, Bur: 1813-1837; Sidmouth Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Sowton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Stoke Canon Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Topsham Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Venn Ottery Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Whimple Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1813-1837; Withycombe Raleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Woodbury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837.]


Description & Travel

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

Otterton Village Design Statement.

B. Dodd's Pinn Web Page has an excellent set of photographs and information about the hamlet of Pinn, Otterton parish, and nearby parishes, villages and towns.

You can see pictures of Otterton which are provided by:



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



The Online Parish Clerk for this parish is Ros Hickman, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: Baptisms 1558-1884; Marriages 1559-1837; Banns 1810-1904; Burials 1559-1968; All census returns to 1891.)

The Earliest Dukes of the Otterton Branch - see Gerald Duke's web-site: The Duke Family over the Centuries (archived copy).

Alexander, J.J. An Otterton notebook. Trans Devonshire Assoc (1918) pp.493-502. [Richard Duke , early 18th c.]



Bond, Sue. A November Miscellany, Devon Family Historian, vol. no. 180, (2021) pp.32-33. [Percy Please.]

Duke, R.E.H. Pedigree of the Devonshire branch of the family of Duke, to illustrate the descent of Poerhayes and Otterton estate, Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica 4th series 3, 1910, pp. 27-34. [Raymond: Includes Otterton MIs; 15-18th c.]

Skinner, A.J. An Otterton note book, Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries 10, 1918-19, pp. 196-7. [Raymond: Marriage licence extracts.]

Venn, John. Annals of a clerical family: being some account of the family and descendants of William Venn, vicar of Otterton, Devon. London: Macmillan & Co. (1904) xi, 296p, pl: ill, map.



Delderfield, Eric Raymond. The Raleigh Country: A brief history of Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, East Budleigh, Otterton, Bicton, Lympstone and Topsham, with a short lifestory of that great Englishman, Sir Walter Raleigh. (Reprinted, 2nd ed.). Raleigh Press: Exmouth (1949) pp. 96 [BL 010358]

Delderfield, E. The Raleigh Country, ERD Publications (1992) 163 pp. [Lookups] [Index]

Edwards, E. Devonshire - Containing Historical, Biographical and Descriptive Notices of Exmouth & its Neighbourhood, including the Exe, Littleham, Withycombe Raleigh, East Budleigh, Otterton and Bicton, Sidmouth and Sidbury, Gittisham, Ottery St. Mary, Lympstone, and Topsham; with Notices of the Pedigree of the Rolle, Raleigh, and Courtney Families, &c. Contains Notices of some Picturesque and Antiquarian Excursions in the neighbourhood of the Exe Estuary, and along the adjacent coast, including Budleigh Salterton, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Torquay, &c., Exeter, S. Drayton & Sons (1867) 362 pp.

Grimaldi, Ernest Craven. Some notes on the history of Otterton. Exeter: A.Wheaton & Co (1928) 24p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - B/OTT 3/0001/GRI]

Harrison, E. Michael. Otterton: a Devon village. Otterton: The Author (1985) [4], 60p, ill, maps. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/OTT 3/0001/HAR] [Index]

Millington, Gerald and Jones, Robert H. All About Otterton. Keverel Press (2000) [ISBN 0-9531321-2-9]

Waymouth, George. Letter to Lord Rolle. Besley, sen. Printer, South-street, Exeter (1821) 1p. [Transcript]

Sheppard, Lilian. Raleigh's birthplace: the story of East Budleigh: historical jottings of East Budleigh, Bicton, Salterton, Otterton and Withycombe: [Budleigh Salterton] [Granary] [c1983] [BL X.809/58432]

The lower Otter valley: sketches on local history, Budleigh, Otter Valley Assoc. (1984) 104p: ill,maps. [ISBN 0950753416]


Land & Property

Transcription of the 1781 Land Tax Assessment, provided by Ros Hickman.



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SY080852 (Lat/Lon: 50.659183, -3.302943), Otterton which are provided by:


Military History


Names, Personal

Ros Hickman has produced a very large index to surnames of people who appear in various documents relating to Otterton, and is kindly offered to provide a lookup service.

Names from White's Devonshire Directory (1850), transcribed by Ros Hickman.


Probate Records

Will of Jacob Hollett of Otterton, Carpenter (1830), transcribed by Art Ames



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