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Silverton, Devon

Historical Description

Silverton, a village and a parish in Devonshire. The village stands between the rivers Exe and Culm, 7½ miles NNE of Exeter, with a station on the G.W.R., 182 miles from London, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Cullompton. It was, during four days in 1645, the headquarters of Fairfax, suffered much devastation by fire in 1837, and was once a market-town. There are some large paper-mills in the parish. The parish comprises 4729 acres; population, 1225. There is a parish council consisting of eleven members. The manor was held by Edward the Confessor, afterwards by the Wadhams, the last of whom, Nicholas, together with his wife, founded in 1613 Wadham College, Oxford. From the Wadhams it descended to the Wyndham family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; gross value, £950 with residence. The church was built in the 15th century, and enlarged in 1862. In the churchyard are the remains of an old cross. There is also 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 parishSilverton St. Mary 
Poor Law unionTiverton 

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 Silverton

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 Silverton from the following:


Online maps of Silverton 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.

DistrictMid Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX5
Post TownExeter