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Payhembury, Devon

Historical Description

Payhembury or Peyhembury, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village is situated 2 miles N from Sidmouth Junction on the L. & S.W.R., and 6 W by N of Honiton. It has a post office under Ottery St Mary; money order and telegraph office, Ottery St Mary. The parish comprises 2737 acres; population, 461. The manor was given by the Courteney family to the Ford Abbey, and now belongs to the Kennaways. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £200 with residence. The church has an embattled tower, a screen of 1460 date, and six fine bells. There is an entrenched encampment in the parish (Hembury Fort), supposed to be the Moridunum of the Romans.

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 parishPayhembury St. Mary 
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 Payhembury

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 Payhembury from the following:


Online maps of Payhembury 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 districtEX14
Post TownHoniton