Lympstone is a pretty village, with several large and handsome houses, is pleasantly seated on the eastern bank of the broad estuary of the river Exe, about 2 miles N. by W. of Exmouth, and 8 miles S.S.E. of Exeter.
The village as we know it today has been formed from the amalgamations and permutations of three small Domesday manors, Leveneston (Lympstone), Notteswille (Nutwell) and (almost certainly a Domesday manor) Sowden. Over the last hundred years it has been thought of as Upper Lympstone (from near the Exeter main road up through the farms to the Common), Lower Lympstone, and Sowden.
It was once a very considerable fishing station, having about 60 small fishing boats, and large beds of oysters in the estuary, brought there to fatten, from the sea coast near Exmouth. The parish church is the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary ( St Mary)
To discover more about Lympstone history go to Lympstone Parish Council site Or Lympstone history Society
Family History Information
Earliest Baptism registers 1654
Earliest marriage registers 1654
Earliest Burial registers 1654
Devon RO Holdings for Lympstone
Bap 1654-1978 Marr 1654-1997 Bur 1654-1991
Non conformist registers c1820-1837 Wesleyan Chapel at www.bmdregisters.co.uk/
Transcripts by DCRS at Devon Heritage Centre 1654 -1906
IGI (LDS Church) Baptism and Marriages 1654 - 1875
The Devon FHS indexes Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 -
Registration District: St Thomas
Wills and Probate: Peculiar jurisdiction of the Dean and Chapter
Hundred: East Budleigh
Where to find parish register transcripts and copies
The best and most obvious place to view the Lympstone parish registers is the Devon Heritage Centre in Exeter where all the originals, microfilms and fiche are kept. It is not always possible to visit Exeter and so copies or indexes are the next best thing. Below are some sites where you can find these with the date ranges.
Please note - Find my Past is a subscription site and Family Search is free
Lympstone Baptisms 1654-1915 Find My Past
Lympstone Banns 1754-1915 Find My Past
Lympstone Marriages 1654 -1915 Find My Past
Lympstone Burials 1630-1915 Find My Past
Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):
Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1820-37 - see Budleigh Temple, Exeter Mint PRO RG 4/517, 1208)
Devon RO Lympstone B 1654-1978 Marr 1654-1997 Bur 1654-1991
Bishops Transcripts on Family Search 1813-1858.
Information available via this site for Lympstone
Here is a summary of resources I have available to share with you or links to other sites of interest. Some are transcriptions or extracts and will be on this site; some, for reasons of copyright are in my possession and I or another person will do lookups where you see the email button.
1851 LDS CD - Rom Look - ups available email keith searle
1881 LDS CD - Rom Lookups available keith searle or from LDS web site
I do not have any transcripts of Lympstone parish registers but would welcome any holdings that you may have.
Devon Heritage has a number of records -
Lympstone residents in Robson's Directory of 1839
Lympstone residents in White's Directory of 1850
Seamen's records for Lympstone men
Some Lympstone landowners in 1873
The War Memorial
Not yet available
Lympstone Tithe Map 1839
Not yet available
Books about Lympstone
The Lympstone Story by Rosemary Smith Published by the Lympstone Society 2005
The Houses of Lympstone: A History of the Village Through Its Houses Hardcover – 10 Sep 2011by Rosemary Smith
Publisher: Lympstone Historic Houses Group