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Alphington, Devon

Historical Description

Alphington, a village and a parish in Devonshire. the village is near the river Exe, 1½ mile S of Exeter station on the G.W.R. and L. & S.W.R. It was one of the headquarters of Fairfax's army, in 1646, at the blockading of Exeter. The parish comprises 2736 acres; population, 1048. It has a post and money order office under Exeter; telegraph office, St Thomas, Exeter. The manor was acquired in the reign of Richard II. by the family of the Earl of Devon, and the greater part of it continues still in their possession. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £650. The church contains a Norman font with interlaced arches, scroll ornaments, and grotesque figures over the arches; has a red turreted tower in Perpendicular English; and was thoroughly restored in 1879. The Exeter Ship Canal passes through this parish.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishAlphington St. Michael 
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 Alphington

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Alphington from the following:


Online maps of Alphington 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 districtEX2
Post TownExeter