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Starcross, Devon

Historical Description

Starcross, a village and an ecclesiastical parish in Devonshire. The village stands on the estuary of the Exe, with a station on the G.W.R., 198 miles from London, and 8 SSE of Exeter, and a post, money order, and telegraph office. It was till about 1820 a petty hamlet known only for its cockles and its oysters, is now a large and well-built watering-place, and has several respectable inns and lodging-houses, and a fair on Whit Wednesday. The Western Counties Idiot Asylum, situated in this parish, was opened in 1864; it has been enlarged, and now has accommodation for 140 boys and 80 girls. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1828. Population, 978. For parish council purposes Eenton and Starcross have been joined and have a council of thirteen members. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese. of Exeter; net value, £210 with residence. Patrons, alternately the Dean and Chapter of Exeter and the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury. The church was repaired and restored in 1894.

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 CountyDevon 
Civil parishKenton 
Poor Law unionSt. Thomas 

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 Starcross

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Starcross from the following:


Online maps of Starcross 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.

The Visitations of the County of Devon, comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620, with additions by Lieutant-Colonel J.L. Vivian, published for the author by Henry S. Eland, Exeter 1895 is online.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX6
Post TownExeter