"REWE is a parish and village on the river Culm, 1 mile north-east from Stoke Canon station on the main line of the Great Western railway, 5 north from Exeter and 9 south from Tiverton, in the North Eastern division of the county, Wonford hundred and petty sessional division, St. Thomas union, Exeter county court district, rural deanery of Aylesbeare and archdeaconry and diocese of Exeter.The Upexe and Silverton station of the Exe Valley (Great Western) railway is in this parish. The church of St. Mary the Virgin is an ancient edifice of stone in the Perpendicular style, built about the year 1450. . . the east window is a memorial to Lieut. C. H. Williams, of H.M. 39th Regt. who died at Jubbulpore, June 8th, 1881, and there are others to the Rev. Henry Fox Strangeways, late rector, d. Feb. 25th, 1860; the Cuthbertson family (1868), Mrs. Haviland (1878) and to the late Rev. Philip Williams M.A. rector of this parish 1860-92, besides several tablets to the Tripp family 1795-1825 and a monument to Paul Draper, ob. Sept. 20th, 1689: the church was further restored in 1888, and affords 120 sittings. . . . The chief crops are wheat, barley and turnips. The area is 1,310 acres of land and 25 of water; rateable value, £3,266; the population in 1901 was 237. . . . UPEXE is a tithing and hamlet, in Hayridge hundred, 2 ½ miles north-west, with a station on the Exe Valley branch of the Great Western railway. The ancient chapel, which had for several generations been desecrated and converted into dwellings, was acquired from the owner, the late C. A. W. Troyte esq. and in 1888 was restored. . . . There is also at Upexe another ancient chapel, which was restored about 1901, and is served by the rector of Rewe." [From: Kelly's Directory of Devonshire, 1902]

"UP-EXE, a tything in that part of the parish of REWE which is in the hundred of HAYRIDGE, county of DEVON, 6 miles (S. W. by W.) from Cullompton, containing 92 inhabitants." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

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



Roulstone, Colin H. Douglas Skinner (1931-2012), Devon Family Historian, vol. 143, (2012) p.27.



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

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]



Transcription of a census of 1821 listing housholders and household numbers by Diana Ingram.


Church History

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

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

Apthorp, G.O. The church of St. Mary the Virgin, Rewe. Exeter Diocesan Architectural Soc. Trans. 3 ser, v. 3, (1912) pp.120-123.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1675 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1686, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1609, 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 1780-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

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

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1831-37 - see Exeter Mint (PRO RG 4/1208)

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1609-1837, and Marriages 1611-1620, 1668, 1686-1836. (These entries are in part from Bishops' Transcripts.)

Burials 1837 - 1856, 1857 - 1876, 1877 - 1896 and 1897 - 1916, provided by Devon Heritage.

Marriages 1686-1837. [Devon FHS Library]

Parish Church of Rewe Marriage transcripts, 1686-1836, LDS Film 0090704.

The Miscellaneous Series of IHGS Parish Registers, The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, 79-82 Northgate, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1BA.: CD-ROM (n.d.). [The Devon section of contains: Marriages: Berrynarber 1540-1783, Bridgerule 1702-1753, Chardstock 1597-1837, Challacombe 1599-1621 and 1673-1837, Farringdon 1620-1788, Lynton 1591-1837, Pinhoe 1687-1837, Plymouth 1653-1674, Plymstock 1591-1812, Rewe 1686-1836, Witheridge 1646-1837.] [Also LDS Film 90711]

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 Rewe (and Up Exe) from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Lockie.

You can see pictures of Rewe which are provided by:



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.



The Online Parish Clerk for this parish is Thomas Peeke, who invites queries and lookup requests.

This parish is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.





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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX945992 (Lat/Lon: 50.782746, -3.497879), Rewe which are provided by:


Probate Records

Will of Nicholas Warren (1700), transcribed by Carol Gertner.

Translation and transcript of the Verdict for the confirmation of the testament of Nicholas Warren deceased (1701), provided by Carol Gertner.



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