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Clyst St Mary, Devon

Historical Description

Clyst-St Mary, a parish in Devonshire, on the river Clyst, 2 miles from Topsham station on the L. & S.W.R., and 3½ ESE of Exeter. It has a post office under Exeter; money order and telegraph office at Pinhoe and Topsham. Acreage, 589; population, 197. Winslade House is a seat in the neighbourhood. It belonged in succession to the Por-chers, Porters, and Dixons. Clyst Heath was the scene of Lord Russell's defeat in 1549. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; value, £148 with residence. The church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, was neatly restored in 1869; it consists of nave, chancel, and aisles, with embattled tower and three bells, and has five beautiful memorial windows to the Barnes and Dixon families, and tablets to the Porchers. There is a memorial cross to the Porters in the churchyard.

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 parishClist St. Mary 
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 Clyst St Mary

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 Clyst St Mary from the following:


Online maps of Clyst St Mary 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