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Drewsteignton, Devon

Historical Description

Drewsteignton, a parish in Devonshire, on the river Teign, at the E side of Dartmoor, 6 miles NNW of Moreton-Hampstead station on the G.W.R., and 10 SW by W of Cre-diton. It has a post office under Newton Abbot; money order and telegraph office, Chagford. Acreage, 6189; population, 776. The manor belonged at Domesday to Sheriff Baldwin, was held in the time of Henry II. by Drogo or Drewe de Teignton, and passed to the D'Ahernons and the Carews. The scenery along the Teign here is highly romantic, and various spots have a cromlech, a logan stone, two Druidi-cal circles, some traces of the Via Sacra or Druid Way, and an ancient British camp. The name Drewsteignton has often been regarded as a corruption of " Druids' Town on the Teign," but was really derived from Drewe de Teignton. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; value, £740 with residence. The church is a good old interesting structure, with turreted tower. Limestone quarries are worked.

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 parishDrews Teignton Holy Trinity 
Poor Law unionOakhampton 

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 Drewsteignton

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Drewsteignton from the following:


Online maps of Drewsteignton 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.

DistrictWest Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX6
Post TownExeter