Colyton Parish History Society

About Us

Founded in 1986, the Colyton Parish History Society includes the surrounding villages in the Coly Valley which have contributed so much to the history of the area.

The society has a collection of deeds, documents, books, photographs, maps, and other records relating to Colyton’s history.

Additions to this collection, especially old photographs, are most welcome if appropriate, and we are happy to copy and return to the owner. An acknowledgement can be provided in our records.


Local History

Colyton is a town steeped in history and has many interesting features that make it a popular destination for visitors.

One of the most notable features of Colyton is its medieval street layout, which has remained largely unchanged since the Middle Ages. This network of narrow streets and alleys provides visitors with a glimpse into what life was like in a medieval town.

Another highlight of Colyton is its church, dedicated to St. Andrew, which dates back to the 12th century and contains several fascinating features, including a 15th-century rood screen and a 17th-century pulpit.

Colyton played an important part in the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 and in the earlier English Civil War. It was also a major centre for wool production in the Middle Ages.

Despite its rich history, Colyton is a thriving town with a range of modern amenities, including cafes, pubs, and shops. Its location in East Devon also makes it an ideal base for exploring the beautiful countryside and coastline of the region.

Whether you’re interested in history, architecture, or simply want to experience the charm of a traditional English town, Colyton is well worth a visit.

Key Facts

  • A medieval market town in an area of outstanding natural beauty
  • A maze of Saxon streets
  • A wealth of fine historic buildings
  • The Most Rebellious Town in Devon
  • A beautiful Church dating from Saxon times
  • The Heritage Centre contains fascinating archives
  • 1 Hour Guided History Walks around the town