West Teignmouth


"WEST TEIGNMOUTH is divided from [East Teignmouth] only by a small brook, and contains 403 acres of land, and increased its inhabitants from 1528 in 1801, to 2883 in 1841. The Earl of Devon is lord of the manor of East Teignmouth, and Lord Clifford of West Teignmouth, the former of which was long held by the Dean and Chapter of Exeter, and the latter by the Bishops of Exeter. . . . West Teignmouth was a celebrated haven for ships at an early period, the river being then navigable for large ships, and having no shifting bar at the entrance. . . . West Teignmouth Church (St. James,) was rebuilt about [1822-3], at the cost of more than £4000. It is a large octagonal structure, possessing in its outward character very little attraction. The interior, although of a novel and singular appearance, has some pretensions to architectural taste . . . . The living is a perpetual curacy, valued at £157, in the patronage of the Vicar of Bishop's Teignton, and incumbency of the Rev. L. Gwyne, M.A. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Exminster Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter, 3 miles E. of Chudleigh.



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

Cresswell, B.F. Notes on the Churches of the Deanery of Kenn, Devon, (1912). [Extracts]

Church History

Bradley, T.Phyllis. St. James the Less, Teignmouth: 700th anniversary 1268-1968. [Teignmouth?]: [The Church?] (1968) 22p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - p726.5/TEI/BRA]
Jordan, Mary H. The [St Mary] Magdalen lands of West Teignmouth. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 41 (1909) pp. 138-47. [Index]
Jordan, M.I. and W.F.C. West Teignmouth Church, dedicated to St James the Less. Trans. Devon Assoc. 36 (1904) pp.257-278. [Index]
Jordan, Flora. The parish church of West Teignmouth. Plymouth: G.P.Butcher (1910) 35p: ill. [Westcountry Studies Library - s726.5/TEI/JOR]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1706 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1706, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1615, 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 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1615-1837, and Marriages 1615-1641, 1666-1837, Wesleyan Chapel Christenings 1813-1837 (These entries are in part from Bishops' Transcripts.).

An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of Alphington, Ashcombe, Bishopsteignton, Chudleigh, Combeinteignhead, Dawlish, Dunchideock, East Ogwell, East Teignmouth, Exminster, Haccombe, Ide, Kenn, Kenton, Mamhead, Powderham, Shaldon, Shillingford St. George, Starcross, Stokeinteignhead, St. Thomas the Apostle (by Exeter), Trusham, West Ogwell and West Teignmouth. Includes Chudleigh United Reformed Church and East Teignmouth Zion Independent Chapel Burials. With photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Directory (1850) and Kelly's Directory of Devonshire (1902), CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2015). [Alphington Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1812-1837; Ashcombe Bapt: 1813-1841 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1783-1837; Bishopsteignton Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Chudleigh Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Chudleigh United Reformed Chapel Bur: 1834-1836; Combeinteignhead Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1800-1837; Dawlish Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Dunchideock Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1756-1836 Bur: 1813-1851; East Ogwell Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; East Teignmouth Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; East Teignmouth Zion Independent Chapel Bur: 1809-1836; Exminster Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1813-1837; Haccombe Bapt: 1821-1842 Mar: 1773-1801 Bur: 1829-1839; Ide Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Kenn Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1813-1837; Kenton Bapt: 1813-1844 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Mamhead Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Powderham Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1835 Bur: 1785-1837; Shaldon Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Shillingford St. George Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1765-1837 Bur: 1680-1842; Starcross Bapt: 1815-1840 Mar: 1828-1837 Bur: 1828-1837; Stokeinteignhead Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1836 Bur: 1800-1837; St.Thomas the Apostle (by Exeter) Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837; Trusham Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1743-1837 Bur: 1750-1837; West Ogwell Bapt: 1813-1839 Mar: 1755-1843 Bur: 1813-1839; West Teignmouth Bapt: 1813-1840 Mar: 1754-1837 Bur: 1813-1837.]




Heath, David. The Heath Family in Australia - Sister Eileen, Devon Family Historian, vol. 138, (2011) pp.13-14. [Descendants of Henry Heath, b. 1828 West Teignmouth, who emigrated to Australia in 1857]
Jordan, Mary Hall. Leaves from the notebook of John Risdon of Netherton Manor and West Teignmouth. Trans. Dev. Assoc. 40, 1908, pp. 138-47.

Historical Geography

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



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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX939731 (Lat/Lon: 50.548006, -3.498896), West Teignmouth which are provided by:


Names, Personal

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


Probate Records

Transcription of the will of John Wingett (1856), transcribed by Pam Jackson, and provided by Sandra Windeatt.

Wills of Robert Tremlett (1813) and Edward Price (1850), transcribed by Ros Dunning.