Kilmington, Devon

Historical Description

Kilmington, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands adjacent to the river Axe, 1½ mile W by S of Axminster station on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post office .under Axminster; money order and telegraph office, Axminster. Acreage of parish, 1788; population, 558. The village was originally called Kilmenton; is said to have got that name, signifying " the place of slain men," from a great slaughter of Danes in the time of Athelstan; and has a cattle fair on the first Wednesday of Sept. The manor belonged to the Torringtons, but a great portion of the land came, about 200 years ago, into the possession of the Tucker family. Coryton .Park, the seat of the Tucker family, is a noble mansion of 1756, and commands fine views of the Axe and the Yarty valleys. Kilmington Hill is noted as the peculiar habitat of Lobelia wrens. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Axminster, in the diocese of Exeter. The church, with the exception of the tower, was rebuilt in 1862, comprises nave, aisles, and chancel, and is in the Later English style. There is a Baptist chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Devon
Ecclesiastical parish Kilmington St. Giles
Hundred Axminster
Poor Law union Axminster

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

Findmypast, in association with the South West Heritage Trust, Parochial Church Council, and Devon Family History Society have the Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials online for Kilmington

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Kilmington from the following:


Online maps of Kilmington are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Devon online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1564, with additions from the earlier visitation of 1531, is online.

A part transcript of The Visitations of Devon comprising the Herald's Visitations of 1531, 1564, and 1620, with additions by Lieut-Col J.L. Vivian.

DistrictEast Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX13
Post TownAxminster