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Kenn, Devon

Historical Description

Kenn, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands on the Kenn rivulet, under Haldon Hill, 2½ miles SW of Exminster station on the G.W.R., and 4½ S by E of Exeter; was formerly called Kenne, and figures in old records as a borough. It has a post and telegraph office at Kennford; money order office, Alphington. The parish contains also the hamlet of Kennford; includes the isolated estate of Perridge, about 7 miles from the village; and comprises altogether 5330 acres. Population of the civil parish, 827; of the ecclesiastical, 839. The manor belonged formerly to the Courtenays, the Oxenhams, the Aclands, and others, and belongs now to Lord Haldon and the Ley family. Haldon Hill, noticed in our article HALDON, is partly within the parish. Haldon House, the seat of Lord Haldon, is a handsome edifice situated in a well-wooded park of about 220 acres. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; gross value, £670 with residence. The church is ancient; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with embattled tower, and contains a fine carved screen and an ancient font; the building was restored in 1889. There is a Wesleyan chapel at Kennford.

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 parishKenn St. Andrew 
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 Kenn

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 Kenn from the following:


Online maps of Kenn 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 districtEX6
Post TownExeter