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Aylesbeare, Devon

Historical Description

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.

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 parishAylesbear St. Christopher 
HundredEast Budleigh 
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 Aylesbeare

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 Aylesbeare from the following:


Online maps of Aylesbeare 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.

DistrictEast Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX5
Post TownExeter