Family History and parish records

We receive many enquiries from people who are researching the history of their families in this area. We do not hold copies of old parish records from the churches in the Netherexe Mission Community and in all cases we refer the enquirer to the Devon Records Office, which is where those old parish records are now held.

So, if you are seeking information about your ancestors, please use the information and Internet links below to help you identify and contact those organisations which should be able to help you further your research. Good luck!

Devon Records Office

The Devon Record Office exists to collect and preserve the historical records of Devon and to make them available to all who wish to study them. There are three record offices which share this task (Exeter, Barnstaple and Plymouth / West Devon).

Homepage of the Devon Records Office

Family history advice page

Parish registers – general information page

The list of Devon Parish, Non-Parochial and Civil Registers held in Devon’s Records Offices


Parish registers available online:

Almost 900,000 Devon parish records have become available online, making it easier to find your Devon ancestors. The UK family history website Findmypast has launched the Devon parish records in association with the Devon Family History Society. This is a subscription or pay for view service.

Some local parish registers are available free online:

Thorverton  - at Rootsweb (Baptisms 1813-1839, burials 1841-1880)

Rewe and Brampford Speke (burials) - at Devon Heritage



GENUKI is a genealogy web portal, run as a charitable trust. Its aim is "to serve as a "virtual reference library" of genealogical information that is of particular relevance to the UK & Ireland". A good place to start is at the Genuki page for Devon (then follow the link to the Church Records section)

Website guide

We are in the process of installing a new version of our website software and updating the site. Please bear with us while we make the changes. The information on this website is divided into a number of broad categories. You can access the information by using the green drop down menu at the top of every page or by following the links in the table below. We hope you enjoy your visit and that you will stay 'In Touch' and visit us again soon.














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Our churches, parishes and their history The churches
Services in our eleven churches Church services

Forthcoming events in all our parishes

In Touch and The Netherexe Diary

Our five working groups Working groups
Local study groups and courses Study Groups  or Courses
Schools in our parishes Schools
Family history and other records Family history and parish records
Who to contact Contact us
Something else Useful websites


Brampford Speke Parish Church


Welcome to the Parish Church of St Peter, Brampford Speke, EX5 5DR

There has been a church at Brampford Speke for at least 900 years, located on the red sandstone cliff overlooking the River Exe. The church tower was built in the 1400’s and would have been as familiar a landmark to people living 500 years ago as it is today. More information about the church (including interior photographs) is available as an Adobe pdf file,  A great deal of information about the Revd George Cornelius Gorham, vicar of the parish from 1851 to 1857, can be found on Wikipedia

As part of the Netherexe Mission Community we are committed to maintaining a worshipping, witnessing community in our parish and to making the gospel known to people of all ages and backgrounds. The church is open throughout the day and visitors are most welcome.

St Peters week 2017


During St Peters week at the end of June 2017, the parishioners of Brampford Speke enjoyed a range of social and worship activities.

The week started on Sunday with the ‘walking’ of the millennium spear from Upton Pyne to Brampford Speke.  This was followed by a game of Rounders and an enjoyable day was finished off with a BBQ.

On Wednesday some of the residents opened their indoor swimming pool to all comers whilst on Thursday there was a well attended coffee morning.

During the week there was a Garden in a Boot Competition for which there were 30 entries, all making a fine display throughout the village for the seven days of this event.

On the final day there was a special service held in the Church to mark the end of the event, at which the bells were rung, the choir sang and the winners of the Boot Competition were presented with their prizes.

Events held during this special week raised £720 for the Church funds.

Photographs from the event (with thanks to John Sanders) can be viewed by clicking here


Services at Brampford Speke 

Details of services at St Peters are published each month in our newsletter, In Touch


Please click here for contacts (pdf)

Further information

More information about the parish, including details of availability of parish records etc is available on the Genuki website – please click here to access the Genuki information about Brampford Speke.


Minutes Library

These are the Latest Minutes of  PCC meetings. Please click on the date to view a PDF copy of the minutes.


Brampford Speke

 04 February 2019


 02 July 2018

Newton St Cyres

  06 June 2019

Poltimore with Huxham

 25 July 2018

Rewe with Netherexe

 18 June 2018

Stoke Canon

 06 March 2018


 22 February 2019

Upton Pyne

 03 July 2018

Joint PCC

18 July 2019

Cadbury Deanery Synod 

DSynod Minutes 17 July 19

Newton St Cyres Parish Church


Welcome to the Parish Church of St Cyr and Julitta, Newton St Cyres, EX5 5BN


The 14th century church, with its 13th century tower, stands on a small hillside overlooking the village and is dedicated to St Julitta and St Cyr, her young son. The oldest part is the twelfth century tower, with its clock (1711) and inside an eight-bell peal (1733 on). Of the many tributes to parish life, the largest are a fine monument to Sir John Northcott (1632) and a rare Royal Arms of James II. The church has various styles of service, a strong musical life and expanding mission community role. The church is open throughout the day and visitors are most welcome.

A VISITORS GUIDE to the church is available if you click here. Interior photographs are available here (opens in a new window) 

Services at Newton St Cyres church

Details of services at Newton St Cyres are published each month in our newsletter, In Touch


Please click here for contacts (pdf)

Further information

More information about Newton St Cyres parish is available on the Genuki website.