"PAYHEMBURY, or PEYHEMBURY, is a pleasant village, on a declivity, near a small rivulet, 5½ miles W. of Honiton, and 13 miles N.E. of Exeter. Its parish contains 545 souls, and 2698A. 3R. 25P. of land, rising boldly on the north-west, and including the hamlets of Cheriton, Tale, and Upton, and many scattered farm-houses, "c. On a lofty eminence is a large treble entrenchment, called Hembury Fort, . . . The manor of Payhembury, or Peahembury, belonged to the Giffords in the reign of Henry III., and afterwards passed to the Stanton, Crewkerne, Prous, and other families. It now belongs to John Venn, Esq., who also owns part of Upton and Prudholme. Sir John Kennaway, Bart., is owner of the manors of Coxpit, Morden, and Tale, the latter of which was formerly held by Ford Abbey. Leyhill and Long Rewe estates belong to E.S. Drewe, Esq., and the old farm-house, on the former, was long a seat of the Willoughby and Trevelyan families. . . . The Church (St. Mary,) is a handsome Gothic structure, with an embattled tower and six bells. . . . The vicarage . . . is in the patronage of Mrs. G. Messiter and Mrs. H.J. Tooze, and incumbency of the Rev. Henry Nicholls, M.A. of Rockbeare. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



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


Church History

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


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1559 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1838, Burials 1800-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Bradninch, Broadhembury, Buckerell, Butterleigh, Clyst Hydon, Clyst St. Lawrence, Cullompton, Feniton, Kentisbeare, Payhembury, Plymtree, Rewe, Silverton and Talaton. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850 and Kelly's Directory of Devonshire 1902. CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2009). [Bradninch Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Broadhembury Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1838; Buckerell Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1841; Butterleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Clyst Hydon Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1790-1837; Clyst St. Lawrence Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1814-1851; Cullompton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Feniton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1837, Bur: 1790-1837; Kentisbeare Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1839, Bur: 1813-1837; Payhembury Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1838, Bur: 1800-1837; Plymtree Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1541-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Rewe Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1780-1837; Silverton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Talaton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1755-1836, Bur: 1800-1837].


Description & Travel

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

You can see pictures of Payhembury 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 scheme's representative for this parish is Margaret Lewis, who invites queries and lookup requests. (Resources: extensive database, plus 1901 census.)

The Venn Family in Devon, by Chris and Linda Warren.

Gibson, Stephen W. John Turner's Bloodline Returns to Devon, Devon Family Historian, no. 187, (2023) pp.24-26.



Drake, Wilfred. Willoughby Arms. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, illus. pp. 273-274. [Transcript].



Stanes, Robin (ed.) Payhembury Millennium Book. Millennium Book Group, Payhembury (2000) 157p. [ISBN 0 9538077-1-1] [Index] [Look-ups]

Sutcliffe, E.W. Payhembury. (1974) 39p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - pB/PAY/0001/SUT]

Payhembury: our village. [1977?] [5], 69p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - pxB/PAY/0001/PAY]


Land & Property

Gray, T., (Ed.). Devon household accounts, 1627-59. Part I: Sir Richard and Lady Lucy Reynell of Forde House, 1627-43, John Willoughby of Leyhill, 1644-6 and Sir Edward Wise of Sydenham, 1656-9 (Devon and Cornwall Record Society. New series; vol. 38), Devon and Cornwall Record Soc. (1995) lviii, 285 p.



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST088017 (Lat/Lon: 50.80765, -3.295715), Payhembury which are provided by:


Military History

Stanes, Robin. A Civil War tale from Payhembury. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 36:03, (1988) pp.108-


Names, Personal

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

Payhembury Apprentices Register - 1802-1834, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF A337). [Foreword]