Axminster, Devon Family History

Axminster is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Devon. Kilmington and Membury are chapelries of Axminster.

Other places in the parish include: Abbey, Shapwick, Smallridge, Trill, Uphay, Week, West Water, Weycroft, and Wyke.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1559

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Axminster

  • Shute
  • Musbury
  • Membury
  • Kilmington
  • Chardstock All Saints
  • Stockland with Dalwood
  • Monkton Wyld
  • Chardstock All Saints
  • Axmouth
  • Combe Pyne
  • Uplyme
  • Hawkchurch

Historical Descriptions


Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Axminster, 147 miles S.W. London. Mrkt., Sat. P. 2860

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850


The National Gazetteer 1868

ABBEY, a tythg. in the par. and hund. of Axminster, in the co. of Devon. It is not far from the town of Axminster.


Lewis Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Abbey, a tything, in the parish, union, and hundred of Axminster, Honiton and S. divisions of Devon; containing 76 inhabitants.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.


Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Shapwick, a tything in Axminster parish, Devon; near Axminster.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


  • County: Devon
  • Civil Registration District: Axminster
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Archdeaconry of Exeter
  • Diocese: Exeter
  • Rural Deanery: Honiton
  • Poor Law Union: Axminster
  • Hundred: Axminster
  • Province: Canterbury