Aylesbeare, a village and a parish in Devon. The village stands on the eastern declivity of the bold range of hills, between the basins of the Otter and the Exe, 3½ miles S by W of Whimple station on the L. & S.W.R., and 8 E of Exeter, under which it has a post office; money order and telegraph office, Woodbury. It is a very straggling place, and was anciently the inheritance of the Earls of Devon, and then bore the name of Earlesbear. Acreage, 3423; population, 786. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £220. The church is an ancient edifice of nave, chancel, north aisle, and western tower, and contains a memorial window to Cecilia Yates, and mural tablets to the Markers, the Stokes, and others. A lych-gate was erected in 1872. There is a Congregational chapel.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Aylesbear St. Christopher|
|Poor Law union||St. Thomas|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
The Description of Aylesbeare from White's Directory and topography of Devonshire, 1878.
We have transcribed the entry for Aylesbeare from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Aylesbear (St. Christopher))
Online maps of Aylesbeare are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Devon online:
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.