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Bicton, Devon

Historical Description

Bicton, a parish in Devonshire, on the river Otter, near the coast, 4 miles WSW of Sidmouth station on the L. & S.W.R. It includes the hamlet of Yettington, and its post town is Budleigh-Salterton, under Exeter; money order and telegraph office, East Budleigh. Acreage, 1305; population, 121. The property belongs to the Clinton family. The manor was given by William the Conqueror to W. Porto; went through various families to Sir Robert Dennys, and passed by marriage to Sir Henry Rolle, the ancestor of Lord Rolle. Bicton House, the family seat, is an elegant mansion, in one of the finest parks in England. The gardens were noted by the late Mr. London as among the best he had ever seen; an arboretum in the park is one of the choicest and largest in the kingdom; and there is a noble avenue of auracarias. The jail for the county was provided in terms of the tenure of the estate, and stood in the parish till 1518. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £204 with residence. The church is a handsome edifice, erected in 1851. The previous church was a curious old structure, and part of it is now a mausoleum, connected by a cloister with the ancient tower.

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 parishBicton Holy Trinity 
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 Bicton

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 Bicton from the following:


Online maps of Bicton 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:

Villages, Hamlets, &c


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 districtEX9
Post TownBudleigh Salterton