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Colyton Rawleigh, Devon

Historical Description

Colyton-Rawleigh or Colaton-Raleigh, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands on the river Otter, S½ miles from Tipton St John station on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post and money order office under Ottery St Mary; telegraph office, East Budleigh. The parish includes also the hamlets of Kingston, Stowford, Blackbury, Stonyford, Grindle, Bystock, and Hawkerland. Acreage, 3764; population, 551. The property belongs chiefly to the family of Rolle. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; gross value, £350. Patron, the Bishop of Exeter. The church is good, having been almost entirely rebuilt in 1875, but interesting features of the old building were preserved. There are a chapel for Plymouth Brethren and a small mission church. Comb Coffin. See COMBE PYNE. Combe or Coombe, an Anglo-Saxon word signifying " an upland hollow" or " a low place enclosed with hills," and used by itself and as a prefix in topographical nomenclature. It is similar to the Welsh Cwm.

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 parishColyton-Rawleigh St. John the Baptist 
HundredEast Budleigh 
Poor Law unionSt. Thomas 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Villages, Hamlets, &c

Grindle (Colyton Rawleigh)
Hawkerland or Hookerland
Kingston (Colyton Rawleigh)
Stowford (Colyton Rawleigh)

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.