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Feniton, Devon

Historical Description

Feniton, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands in the valley of the river Otter, about 1 mile from Sidmouth station on the L. & S.W.K., and 3½ miles W by S of Honiton. It has a post office under Honiton; money order office, Ottery St Mary; telegraph office, Sidmouth Junction (E.S.) The parish includes also the hamlets of Curscombe, Cheriton, and Colestock. Acreage, 1846; population, 354. The manor was long held by the Malherbes. The Cornish rebels, in the time of Edward VI., sustained a sanguinary defeat at Fenny Bridges. The living is a rectory .in the diocese of Exeter; tithe commuted at £288 with residence. The church has an aisle with Perpendicular arches, but seems to be mainly of the 14th century; consists of nave, chancel, and south aisle, with low western tower; contains an ancient screen and a highly-decorated ancient altar-tomb. It was well restored in 1878. There is a Wesleyan 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 parishFeniton St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionHoniton 

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 Feniton

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 Feniton from the following:


Online maps of Feniton 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.

DistrictEast Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX14
Post TownHoniton