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"POLTIMORE, 4 miles N.E. of Exeter, includes the small hamlet of RATSLOE, and contains 264 inhabitants, and 1430 acres of land, all the property and manor of Lord Poltimore, who resides occasionally at POLTIM0RE HOUSE, a large square cemented mansion in a beautiful park, stocked with deer, and encompassed by verdant and well-wooded hills. . . . At Domesday Survey, the manor of Poltimore was held in demense by Haimerius de Arcis, but it soon afterwards passed to the Poltimores, who conveyed it in the reign of of Edward I. to Simon Lord Montacute, who sold it to Wm. Pointington, a canon of Exeter. The latter gave it to his pupil, John Bampfylde, or Baumfeld, an ancestor of its present owner. In 1641, John Bampfylde, Esq., was created a baronet, and the late Sir Charles Warvick Bampfylde was the fifth baronet of his family. . . . Lord Goring, who had been quartered at Poltimore with 1500 horse, retired into Essex on the approach of Sir Thomas Fairfax, in October, 1645, when Poltimore House was garrisoned by the latter, with the consent of its owner. The treaty for the surrender of Exeter is said to have been opened here on the 3rd of April, 1646. Sir Coplestone Bampfylde was an active promoter of the restoration of Charles II., and was the first sheriff of Devon after the king's return. . . . The Church (St. Mary,) is an ancient cruciform structure, with a tower and six bells." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



Cary, Offley H. John Bampfylde. Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VII, (1912-1913), Exeter: James G. Commin. 1913, pp. 219-222. [Transcript]
McGrady, Richard. John Codrington Bampfylde and William Jackson: the story of a Devonian poet. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 37:03, (1993) pp.90.[John Codrington Bampfylde, writer, 1754-1796]


A transcription of the Memorial Inscriptions for the Church of St Mary the Virgin is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 6 of Devon Memorial inscriptions (DE/M19).

Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Poltimore area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

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


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1718 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1718, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1614, are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1800-1837 - for details see their book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1614-1837, and Marriages 1614-1641 (incomplete), 1663-1683, 1716-1837. (These entries are from Bishops' Transcripts.)

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 and Travel

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

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Transcript of entry in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.



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

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Bampfylde, Leonard Martin. The history of the Bampfylde families. Bath: L.M.Bampfylde (1989) 58 leaves: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - px929.2/BAM]
Granville, Roger. Notes on Poltimore alias Clist Moins and its owners (since 1316) the Bampfyldes. Manuscript [1890] 66p. [Westcountry Studies Library - s929.2/BAM]
Excerpta e cartis familiae de Bamfylde de Poltimore, Devon, Topographer 5, 1821, pp. 59-60. [Pedigree, medieval. ]

Historical Geography

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



Fortescue-Foulkes, R. From Celtic settlement to 20th century hospital...Poltimore Ho. Bridport: C.J.Creed (1971) 42p, plates: ill, map.
Hemming, Joyce. A Devon House: The Story of Poltimore. University of Plymouth Press (2005) 99pp. [SoG Library: DE/L 179]
R.F.F. A short history of Poltimore. (1956) 8p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sxB/POL/0001/SHO]


This parish is covered by the Five Parishes Local History Society - chairman: Dennis Davey.