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Poltimore, Devon

Historical Description

Poltimore, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands near the river Clist, 2 miles from Stoke Canon station on the G.W.R., and 4 NE of Exeter, and has a post office under Exeter; money order and telegraph office, Broad-Clyst. The parish contains also the hamlet of Rattisloe, and comprises 1740 acres; population of the civil parish, 361; of the ecclesiastical, with Huxham, 472. There is a parish council consisting of seven members and a chairman. The manor came early into possession of the Bampfyldes, and belongs now to their representative Lord Poltimore. Poltimore House is Lord Poltimore's seat, and was garrisoned in 1645 by Sir Thomas Fairfax. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Huxham, in the diocese of Exeter; net value, £288 with residence. Patron, Lord Poltimore. The church was built before 1390 by John Bampfylde, is Decorated English, consists of nave, aisle, transepts, and chancel, with a tower, and contains a carved screen and monuments ef the Bampfyldes.

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 parishPoltimore St. Mary 
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 Poltimore

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Poltimore from the following:


Online maps of Poltimore 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 districtEX4
Post TownExeter