Our Archives: Crediton's Heritage

The society's main asset is the archive of documents relating to the Crediton area.

We have 1,000s of documents in our archives and an extensive collection of postcards and photographs. Some of these have been reproduced in the the form of cards and notelets which can be purchased from the museum

The society continues to receive donations of documents, maps, postcards and other items concerning Crediton and the surrounding villages.

All these are stored in rooms at Downes (the historic home of the Buller family) by kind permission of Mr Henry Parker.

Items can be brought to you in our research centre by arrangement. Please browse the indexes to find the item you need and then contact us for more information or to book an appointment to view the item, quoting the reference number which can be found at the top of each index page.

** Please note that not all of our archive is catalogued on these pages. If you don't find what you are looking for it's still worth contacting us. **

Main collections:

  • Maps - Our archive of old maps of the Crediton area, and some drawings of improvement projects
  • Property - Documents directly related to property in and around Crediton
  • Families - Docs concerning specific Crediton area families. Also info from some family history and WW1 research.
  • Charities - Documents directly related to Crediton-based charities
  • Church - Documents related to the running of Crediton Parish Church. Also the church's own archive, and parish magazines.
  • General Archive - Documents which don't fit in any of the other categories, including the Crediton Improvement Act, Tithe and our small Railway collection.
  • Memorial Inscriptions - Transcriptions of memorials in and around the Crediton area
  • Library - Books, trade directories, town guides, school magazines etc.
  • Sandford - Documents relating to the village of Sandford. (Being catalogued April 2022)
  • Parish Registers and Tithe Maps - Viewing Parish Registers and Tithe Maps for our area