"PLYMTREE is a pleasant village, near a tributary stream of the river Culm, 4 miles S.S.E. of Collumpton. It gives name to a Deanery, and its parish contains 439 souls, and 2185 acres of land, generally fertile, and boldly undulated. The manor was anciently held of the Honour of Plympton, by the Fitzpaine, Courtenay, and other families, and was dismembered by the heiress of Thomas Godwyn. The soil now belongs to Wm. Blake, Esq., Charles Harward, Esq., owner of Hayne House; Sir J. Kennaway, owner of Clist-William; A. Philpott, Esq., owner of Fordmore; J.F. Pierce, Esq., and a few smaller freeholders. The Church (Virgin Mary,) is a handsome Gothic structure, with a tower and five bells. An elegant screen, painted and gilt, separates the nave and chancel, and on the west side of the tower is a representation of the Virgin and Child. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £21. 18s. 1½d., and in 1831 at £285, is in the patronage of Oriel College, Oxford, and incumbency of the Rev. Joseph Dornford, M.A., who has an old residence and 43A. of glebe. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



Troup, Frances B. Ellis Veryard of Plymtree, physician and author. Trans. Devon Assoc. vol. 24 (1892), pp. 458-469. [Index]



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

Eames, A.J. Plymtree Monumental Inscriptions. [DFHS LOC 345]



Transcription of the 1841 Census, by Tony Eames.


Church History

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

St John the Baptist's Church (archived copy) - photograph and brief history.

Ashworth, Edward. Some account of the churches in the Deaneries of Plymtree and Honiton, Exeter Diocesan Architectural and Archaeological Society Trans. (2nd ser.), vol. 1, (1867) pp.6-15. [Index]

Dodd, Norman. The rock of ages. Devon Life vol. 7 no. 56 (1971) pp.14. [Saint John the Baptist Church]

Hay, Edgar, Rev. Plymtree in Devon: its parish church, rood- screen, manor and rectors. Exeter,1905, 14 pp. plates. (Reprint from: Exeter Diocesan Gazette. 1905)

Mozeley, T. Henry VII Prince Arthur and Cardinal Morton. From a Group representing the Adoration of the Three Kings on the Chancel Screen of Plymtree Church. With an Appendix Containing a Notice of Nicholas Monk, Rector of Plymtree; John Land, &c., Printed for T. Mozley, Rector of Plymtree (1878) 149 pp.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1538 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Indexed transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1538 are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection (archived copy).

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1541-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

The members' area of the Devon FHS website makes available online images, not at present (Jan 2016) available elsewhere, of the Parish Registers covering Plymtree Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1538-1649, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1648-1672, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1672-1748, Baptisms, Marriages, Banns and Burials: 1748-1815, Baptisms: 1813-1877, Baptisms: 1877-1914, Marriages and Banns: 1762-1812, Marriages: 1813-1837, Marriages: 1839-1915, Banns: 1893-1915, Burials: 1813-1915.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1538-1837, and Marriages 1538-1837.

Sellman, R.R. Parish registers, 1538-1837: edited transcript with family reconstitutions and supporting evidence. Typescript (1900) 100p. [Westcountry Studies Library - x929.3/PLY/1538]

The register of marriages, baptisms & burials of the parish of Plymtree, Co. Devon, A.D. 1538 to 1832. Exeter: The Devon and Cornwall Record Society,1976 1940, xix, 188 p. Full text, at LDS Familysearch]

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

Plymtree Village WebSite - photographs, links, historical accounts, and genealogical resources.

You can see pictures of Plymtree which are provided by:



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



Mozeley, A. The Land family of Woodbeare Court, Plymtree. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 23, 1891, pp. 215-24. [Index]



Here are some brief Notes on Plymtree prepared by Tony Eames.

Carden, J.J. The history of Plymtree. Plymtree: The Author (1981) ii, 27p: ill, maps, plan. [Westcountry Studies Library - sxB/PLY 7/0001/CAR]

Eames, Tony.The Book of Plymtree: The Parish & Its People. Halsgrove Press Halsgrove House, Lower Moor Way, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6SS (1999) 160p. [ISBN 1841140414] [Index]

Hay, E. Plymtree in Devon: its parish church, rood screen, manor and rectors. Exeter: Exeter Diocesan Gaz. (1905) 12p, plates: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - B/PLY/0001/HAY]

Hay, E. Plymtree, Broadhembury and Talaton in Devon. (1905?) 30p. ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - sxB/PLY 7/0001/HAY]


Land & Property

Indenture between Richard Minitie of New Sarum, Wilts and Robert Land of Plymtree, and Edith his wife (1693), provided by Brenda Clements.



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST051029 (Lat/Lon: 50.817843, -3.348523), Plymtree which are provided by:


Names, Personal

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


Poor Houses, Poor Law

Eames, Tony (transcr.) The Plymtree Poor Book 1621-1706. Typescript, Tony Eames, Tyes Farm House, Plymtree (1995) 125p. [SoG DE/L77]

Eames, Tony (transcr.) The Plymtree Poor Book 1781-1868. Typescript, Tony Eames, Tyes Farm House, Plymtree (1996) 145p. [SoG DE/L78]

Eames, Tony (transcr.) Plymtree: Abstract of Writings Related to the Poor in the Parish Coffer; Settlement Orders 1677 to 1791; Settlement Discharges 1661 to 1779; Indentures of Apprenticeship 1647 to 177; & 1779 to c. 1834; Charity Commission Orders; Rector's Note Book 1892 to 1812. Typescript, Tony Eames, Tyes Farm House, Plymtree (1995) 92p. [SoG DE/L79]

Plymtree: Documents relating to the settlement of the poor 1663-1844, bonds, discharges, settlement certificates, summonses, warrants, examinations, removal orders & appeals to Quarter Sessions. [SoG DE/L79]


Probate Records

Skinner, A.J.P.  Wills: Matthew Mundy of Plymtree, Co. Devon gent (1736). Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. IX, (January 1916 to January 1917), p. 41. [Transcript]