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Otterton is located within East Devon local authority area. Historically it formed part of East Budleigh Hundred. It falls within Aylesbeare Deanery for ecclesiastical purposes. The Deaneries are used to arrange the typescript Church Notes of B.F.Cresswell which are held in the Westcountry Studies Library. The population was 920 in 1801 622 in 1901 . Figures for other years are available on the local studies website. The lay subsidy of 1524 valued the community at £22/14/02.

A parish history file is held in Budleigh Salterton Library. You can look for other material on the community by using the place search on the main local studies database. Further historical information is also available on the Genuki website.

Maps: The image below is of the Otterton area on Donn's one inch to the mile survey of 1765.


On the County Series Ordnance Survey mapping the area is to be found on 1:2,500 sheet 94/5,9 Six inch (1:10560) sheet 94NW,SW
The National Grid reference for the centre of the area is SY082853. On the post 1945 National Grid Ordnance Survey mapping the sheets are: 1:10,000 (six inch to a mile: sheet SY08NE, 1:25,000 mapping: sheet Explorer 030, Landranger (1:50,000) mapping: sheet 192. Geological sheet 326 also covers the area.

Illustrations: The image below is of Otterton as included in the Library's Etched on Devon's memory website. Other images can be searched for on the local studies catalogue.


Extract from Devon by W.G.Hoskins (1954), included by kind permission of the copyright holder:

OTTERTON is a large, pleasant village with much good building in cob and thatch, and the local red sandstone. A good house in the main street is dated 1627, and there are others of the same period. The church (St. Michael) was rebuilt in 1871 (Benjamin Ferrey), except the tower, and turned into a suburban edifice.

Otterton priory, founded temp. William II, was a dependent of Mont St. Michel in Normandy. It was sup- pressed as an alien priory in 1414 and its endowments granted to Syon Abbey in Middlesex. At the dissolution of Syon in 1539, Richard Duke (who was clerk of the Court of Augmentations, handling the disposal of monastic property) immediately bought the manor of Otterton. He converted part of the monastic buildings into a mansion, which still stands by the church, and is now divided internally and occupied by several cottagers. The manorial mills, recorded in Domesday Book, are still working.

Pinn farmhouse has a good deal of 16th century work. Ladram Bay is a much-visited "beauty-spot" on the redsandstone coast of this parish.

Creator: Devon Library and Information Services
Title: Otterton community page
Imprint: Exeter : Devon Library and Information Services
Date: 2004
Format: Web page : HTML
Series: Devon community web pages ; GAZOTT3
Ref. no.: WEB GAZOTT3
Coverage: Devon . Otterton . History . Web pages

Last Updated: 22/02/2005

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