Tiverton, Devon Genealogy

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Parish History

TIVERTON (St. Peter), a borough, market-town, and parish, possessing exclusive jurisdiction, and the head of a union, locally in the hundred of Tiverton, Collumpton and N. divisions of Devon, 14 miles (N. by E.) from Exeter, and 175 (W. by S.) from London. The town is pleasantly situated on elevated ground between the rivers Exe and Lowman, which unite their streams a little to the south. The parish comprises about 18,000 acres, the greater part of which is meadow and pasture, and the remainder arable, with a small portion of woodland. The church has been rebuilt on an enlarged plan: the altar-piece, the subject of which is the Deliverance of St. Peter from Prison, was painted and presented by Mr. Cosway, the eminent artist, a native of the town. The churchyard occupies a commanding elevation, and forms an agreeable promenade. A handsome edifice in the Grecian style was erected in 1730, as a chapel of ease; it is dedicated to St. George, and each of the four portionists officiates in turn. St. Thomas' chapel, Chevythorne, was consecrated in June 1843; it was built by subscription, aided by a grant from the Diocesan Society. There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, and Wesleyans.[1]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Census records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Devon Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

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Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 366-369.