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Lympstone, Devon

Historical Description

Lympston, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands on the eastuary of the Exe, and has a station on the L. & S.W.R., 178 miles from London. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office. It was described by Leiand as " a pretty townlet with a great trade in shippes;" carries on a considerable trade in fish, is a sea-bathing resort, and has some good inns and lodging-houses. The parish contains also the hamlet of Sowdon. Acreage, 973 of land and 280 of water; population, 1097. The manor belongs to the Drake family. There are several handsome residences. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; value, £245 with residence The church was rebuilt in 1864, but retains the fine and very ancient tower of the previous edifice. There are a Primitive Methodist chapel and a working men's club.

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 parishLympston 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 Lympstone

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Lympstone from the following:


Online maps of Lympstone 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 districtEX8
Post TownExmouth