Withycombe Raleigh


"WITHYCOMBE-RALEIGH, or Withecombe Raleigh, a pleasant scattered village, with several handsome villas, "c., from one to two miles N.E. of Exmouth, has in its parish 1882 acres of land, bounded on the west by the broad estuary of the river Exe. It had 1922 inhabitants in 1841, including 702 residing in that part of the town of Exmouth which lies in this parish, and where many new houses have been erected during the last few years. The parish has now more than 2300 inhabitants, and the soil belongs to various freeholders. . . . The manor of Withycombe-Clavill belongs to Edward Divett, Esq., and was anciently held by the Clavills by the service of finding the king two arrows stuck in an oaten cake whenever he came to hunt in Dartmoor. The manor of Broadham and Rill belongs to W.H. Hull, Esq., who has a pleasant seat here, called Marpool Hall, . . . The old parish church, commonly called St. John's in the Wilderness, was taken down on account of its inconvenient situation about 1748, except for its tower and north aisle, still used for sepultural purposes. These venerable remains are in a sequestered spot, more than a mile from Withycombe village, where a New Church (St. John the Baptist,) was built by subscription in 1720, on the site of an old chapel of ease. . . . The benefice is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of East Budleigh. . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in East Budleigh Hundred, and the Archdeaconry and Diocese of Exeter. Peskett: this parish was originally a chapelry of East Budleigh . . . St John the Evangelist is a modern church (1864) reflecting the spread of Exmouth town into this parish; All Saints, Exmouth (1897) is a chapel of ease of Withycombe Raleigh; Hulham is a village in this parish.



The Colletons of Withycombe Raleigh & Monk's Corner, South Carolina, by Jean Harris.

"You Should be Found Out": The Rev. Oswald Reichel of Sparsholt - an account of an earlier scandal involving the owner of "A La Ronde".

Adams, Maxwell (Ed.) John Dee Shapland [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 47, (1915), pp. 56-57. [Transcript]

Brooking-Rowe, J. (Ed.) John Pablo Bryce [Obituary] Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. XXXIV, (1902), p. 33. [Transcript]



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 Plymouth Brethren Burial Ground, and the Church of St John, is held in the Society of Genealogist's Library, in Vol. 8 of Devon Memorial inscriptions (DE/M23).

Moss, Oswald P. Plymouth Brethren - Withycombe Raleigh - Burial Register. Devon Family Historian 15 (July 1980) pp. 8-9.

Parker, Brian and Newington-irving, N.J.N. Withycombe Raleigh MIs 1914-1918. Bulletin of the Military Historical Society 59, 233 (nd).


Church History

St John in the Wilderness - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).

Old Picture Postcard photograph of the Church of St John in the Wilderness, provided by Adrienne Richards.

A la Ronde and Point-in-View, Exmouth, East Devon, by Keith Searle.

Minter, L Clark. A pair of Devon gems. Devon Life vol. 9 no. 71 (1972) pp.35. [Point in View Chapel]

Tobin, F.G. Raleigh and Drake inscriptions in St John's in the Wilderness. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 8:2, (1914) pp.46-47. [From Notes by Dean Milles. See Reichel, vol.8, pp.81-83.]


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1562 are held in the Devon Record Office.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1562 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): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837, together with Glenorchy Independent Chapel Burials 1784-1818 - 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 Withycombe Raleigh Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1562-1708, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials: 1709-1767, Baptisms and Burials: 1768-1812, Baptisms: 1813-1860, Baptisms: 1860-1882, Baptisms: 1882-1901, Baptisms: 1901-1913, Marriages and Banns: 1755-1812, Marriages: 1813-1837, Marriages: 1837-1892, Marriages: 1892-1915, Banns: 1823-1843, Banns: 1841-1880, Banns: 1880-1897, Burials: 1813-1876.

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

  • Lady Glenorchy's Connexion Independent/Congregational Chapel, Glenorchy, Withycombe Raleigh: Registers for 1751-1837 (ZC), 1784-1818 (B) in PRO RG 4/1209; 1779+ (C), 1837-97, 1908+ (M), 1812-81 (B) with Church Secretary
  • Point-in-View, Independent/Congregational Chapel, Withycombe Raleigh: Registers for 1829-37 (C) in PRO RG 4/2032

Entered into the IGI (as of 1998): Parish Church Christenings and Burials 1562-1708, 1768-1813, and Marriages 1562-1708, Glenorchy Independent Chapel Christenings 1779-1837, The Point in View Independent Chapel Christenings 1829-1837.

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 & Travel

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

You can see pictures of Withycombe Raleigh which are provided by:



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



The Online Parish Clerk scheme's representative for this parish is Keith Searle, who invites queries and lookup requests.

Henry Young's Family in 1851 by Patricia Braga

Bond, Sue. Research Corner 3, Devon Family Historian, vol. 154, (2015) pp.19-20. [Frederick Coleman Hunter]

Johnston, Brian. Family Bible, Devon Family Historian, vol. 166, (2018) pp.41. [Peller/Crabb families.]

P., M.A. Raleigh inscriptions in St John's-in-the-Wilderness. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 8:4, (1914) pp.100-103. [Refers to vol.8, p.46, par.48.]



Barber, Donald R. A Short History of the Mary Parminter Charity known as the Point in View Trust, Plymouth, Guild of Social Services. [SoG Library DE Tracts Box]

Brushfield, T.N. Perforated Stone Implement found in the Parish of Withycombe Raleigh. Trans. Devon. Assoc., 1890, Vol. XXII, illus., pp. 208-211. [Surname & Place Name Indexes]

Davidson, J.B. On the ancient history of Exmouth, Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 15 (1883), map, pp. 144-162. [Index]

Edwards, E. Devonshire - Containing Historical, Biographical and Descriptive Notices of Exmouth & its Neighbourhood, including the Exe, Littleham, Withycombe Raleigh, East Budleigh, Otterton and Bicton, Sidmouth and Sidbury, Gittisham, Ottery St. Mary, Lympstone, and Topsham; with Notices of the Pedigree of the Rolle, Raleigh, and Courtney Families, &c. Contains Notices of some Picturesque and Antiquarian Excursions in the neighbourhood of the Exe Estuary, and along the adjacent coast, including Budleigh Salterton, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Torquay, &c., Exeter, S. Drayton & Sons (1867) 362 pp.

Harrison, Ernest Weller. The Parish of Withycombe Raleigh, Devon. [With illustrations], S.P.C.K.: London, [1935].

Sheppard, Lilian. Raleigh's birthplace: the story of East Budleigh: historical jottings of East Budleigh, Bicton, Salterton, Otterton and Withycombe: [Budleigh Salterton] [Granary] [c1983] [BL X.809/58432]

Stocker, Sally et al. Withycombe Raleigh of Yesteryear - part 1, Exeter: Obelisk (2005) 32 pp. mainly ill. [ISBN 10903585465] [DFHS Library p942.35/WIT]

Stocker, Sally et al. Withycombe Raleigh of Yesteryear - part 2, Exeter: Obelisk (2005) 32 pp. mainly ill. [ISBN 10903585473] [DFHS Library p942.35/WIT]

Williams, Meta E. Memorials of Withycombe Raleigh. Photocopy of typescript (1946) 484 leaves in 2 vol. [Westcountry Studies Library - xB/WIT 7/0001/WIL]


Land & Property

A Woman's Touch in a Man's World - description and history of A la Ronde.

Elliot, John. Homes and gardens - A La Ronde, Exmouth. Devon Life vol. 10 no. 85 (1973) pp.24-25; ill.



Phear, Sir. J.B. Note on a Court Roll of Hulham Manor. Trans. Devon. Assoc. Vol 22 (1890), pp. 240-249. [Index]



Map of the area from OldeMaps (circa 1950).

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

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SY007818 (Lat/Lon: 50.627416, -3.405276), Withycombe Raleigh which are provided by:


Names, Personal

Withycombe Raleigh Apprentices Register - 1803-1834, Exeter, Devon Family History Society. [SoG Library DE/G 97]

Withycombe Raleigh Lighting Assessment 20th March 1851, Exeter, Devon Family History Society, (Booklet & PDF D090). [Foreword]





Apportionment of the rent-charge in lieu of tithes in the parish of Withycombe Rawleigh in the County of Devon. London: Standidge & Co (1838) 35p, 1pl: maps. [Westcountry Studies Library - s336.22/WIT/APP]