Exeter Bedford Circus, Devon Genealogy

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Exeter Bedford Circus

Guide to Exeter Bedford Circus, Devon ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Exeter Bedford Circus, Devon
Type Extra-parochial area (England)
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Exeter City
County Devon, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Exeter Incorporation
Registration District Exeter
Records begin
Parish registers: 1833
Bishop's Transcripts: 1827
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Not Applicable
Diocese Not Applicable
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Search the courts of the surrounding parishes
Location of Archive
Devon Heritage Centre

Parish History[edit | edit source]

BEDFORD CIRCUS was one of the finest pieces of Georgian town-planning in England. The idea for Bedford Circus started with Robert Stribling, a speculative architect/builder who, in 1773, who began the construction of 14 townhouses on the site of John Russell's Bedford House, itself a remnant of a Dominican Friary which had been on the same location from the 13th century until it was dissolved in 1538 during the Reformation. A chapelry was created for the inhabitants of the circus. It came to an end beginning in the early hours of 04 May 1942 when German bombs set light to much of Exeter's historic centre.[1]

BEDFORD-CIRCUS, a precinct and chapelry, in the county of the city of Exeter, S. division of Devon.[2]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Exeter Bedford Circus parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FS PRs = England, Devon, Parish Registers, 1538-1912 (FamilySearch) - free
FS BTs = England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887 (FamilySearch) - free
FS Mar = England, Devon and Cornwall Marriages, 1660-1912 (FamilySearch) - free
FS = FamilySearch - free
FMP = Devon Baptisms, Marriages, Burials (FindMyPast) - ($)
FMP Banns = Devon Banns (FindMyPast) - ($)
BOYD = England, Boyd's Marriage Indexes, 1538-1850 (FindMyPast) - free
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[3]
FS Catalog PRs = FamilySearch Catalog Parish registers - free
FS Catalog BTs = FamilySearch Catalog Bishop's transcripts - free
Exeter Bedford Circus Online Parish Records
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FS PRs 1538-1912
FS BTs 1558-1887
FS Mar


FS 1538-1975
FMP 1833-1914
FMP Banns





FS Catalog PRs

FS Catalog BTs

To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Records are also available at the Devon Archives and Local Studies.

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]


Census records[edit | edit source]

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

Probate records[edit | edit source]

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.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Exeter Bedford Circus on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Demolition Exeter A Century of Destruction of a Cathedral Cityonline blog Date Accessed: 2 July 2013
  2. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) Date Accessed 27 October 2013.
  3. ArcherSoftware.co.uk