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"SPREYTON is a village with several neat Houses, on a lofty eminence, about 8 miles E. by N. of Okehampton, and 17 miles W. by N. of Exeter. Its parish contains 3600 acres of land, and 404 inhabitants. The manor was held, for a long period, by the Talbots, whose heiress carried it in marriage to the Kelly family in the reign of Henry VI. It was sold to various freeholders during the last century, and now belongs to Messrs. W.H. Battishull, W.C. Cann, G.L. Gowin, Jno. Norris, Geo. Cann, the Rev. G. Hole, the Rev. R. Holland, and a few smaller owners. Fuidge House, the seat of J. Norris, Esq., is a neat cemented structure, and is pleasantly situated, as also is Barton, the seat of W. H. Battishull, Esq. The Church (St. Michael,) is a plain structure, with a handsome tower, containing five bells, and commanding extensive views in which 30 parish churches are seen." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

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



Chanter, J.F. Uncle Tom Cobley. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 11:1, (1920) pp.7-9. [See also vol.11, pp.70, 164. [Yeomen, 1697-1794] [Index]


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 Spreyton area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

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

St. Michael's Church, Spreyton, a brief history, compiled from existing records. [s.l.]: [s.n.] (1954) 11p. [Westcountry Studies Library - 726.5/SPR/SAI ]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1563 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1563 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 1800-1837 - for details see their book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1563-1837, and Marriages 1563-1718, 1729-1837.

Sellman, R.R. Parish registers 1563-1837: edited transcript with family reconstitutions and supporting evidence. Typescript (1991) 106p. [Westcountry Studies Library - sx929.3/SPR/1563]
The Deanery of Dunsford: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Ashton, Bridford, Chagford, Cheriton Bishop, Christow, Doddiscombsleigh, Drewsteignton, Dunsford, Gidleigh, Hittisleigh, Holcombe Burnell, South Tawton, Spreyton, Tedburn St. Mary, Throwleigh and Whitestone. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850. CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2009). [Ashton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1740-1837; Bridford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Chagford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Cheriton Bishop Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1841, Bur: 1813-1837; Christow Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1757-1844, Bur: 1813-1837; Doddiscombsleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1755-1836, Bur: 1780-1837; Drewsteignton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Dunsford Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Gidleigh Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1748-1812 (BT's), Mar: 1814-1837, Bur: 1813-1884; Hittisleigh Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1839; Holcombe Burnell Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1836, Bur: 1753-1837; South Tawton Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Spreyton Bapt: 1803-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1800-1837; Tedburn St. Mary Bapt: 1813-1839, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Throwleigh Bapt: 1813-1841, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837; Whitestone Bapt: 1813-1840, Mar: 1754-1837, Bur: 1813-1837.]

Court Records

Chancery Proceedings - James Mallett of Spreyton (12 Dec 1710), concerning Tawton Mills, transcribed by Mike Mallett.


Description and Travel

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

Spreyton Village website - contains extensive historical information on the village and a number of farms.

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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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Historical Geography

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



Freeman, E.V. Footprints of Medieval Life in a Mid-Devon District. Exeter Dioc. Arch. Soc. 3rd ser., v. 4. (1924) pp.97-104; plates.
Jones, W. Curious Inscriptions in the Chancel of Spreyton Church, and Contributions to the History of the Parish. Notes and Gleanings - Devon and Cornwall 2 (1889) pp.23-27. [With list of vicars.]
Keen, Phillis Mary. The story of Spreyton parish, Devon. Typescript [1986?] 9p. [Westcountry Studies Library - pxB/SPR/0001/KEE]
Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Spreyton, Devon. Typescript (1961) 11 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]


Chief Rents And Properties in the Manors of Spreyton, Lamford (Cheriton Bishop) and Fursham (Drewsteignton), 1800 and 1859, transcribed by Sophia Lambert.


Names, Personal

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

Early inhabitants of Spreyton - listings of lay subsidies, a muster roll, a protestation return, poll tax, oaths of loyalty, freeholders, census returns and  tithes apportionments over the period 1332-1842, compiled by Sophia Lambert.


Probate Records

Some Early Spreyton Wills - 25 will abstracts, provided by Sophia Lambert.