Village Festival and Carnivals

The next village festival will take place in 2022 with fundraising events planned for 2021 if circumstances allow. Before our present biennial festival the residents of Bishopsteignton put on some amazing carnivals over many years and there is a lot of photographic evidence in the archive and in villagers’ photo collections.

We are hoping that residents with memories or photos of the past carnival processions will be tempted to join in this project and help us tell the story of this great village tradition. If you have had any involvement with the festivals or the carnivals, please do join us in our attempt to bring these occasions alive again on the website.

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Bishopsteignton Players

Bishopsteignton Players

Here at BH we have several photo albums in the archive of past Players’ productions, along with the the history of the children’s theatre, several programmes and photos. Many villagers are still living who participated in the productions and may have more photographic evidence in their own collections.

The first Players production was in the 1960s so there could well be another anniversary coming up! Meanwhile, the current Players are still going strong, and have even managed to stage a production outdoors, during the pandemic.

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Parish Census Search Tool

Census search tool header image - family items from the Bishopsteignton Heritage archives

Welcome to our Parish Census Search Tool

We have combined information from all the currently available censuses 1841 – 1939. There is a lot of fascinating information to be found therein which is presented as transcribed from the originals by our team of volunteers in order to enable you to research the people and places within the parish of Bishopsteignton throughout the aforementioned years.

It is worth remembering that the censuses are a series of snapshots taken over a couple of days, ten or more years apart. The censuses were hand written with varying degrees of legibility and some are damaged in places, so let us know if you spot any inaccuracies! There are a lot of gaps in the story of our village and we would love to hear from you if you have any information to help us fill them in.

This is the first delivery of our much larger ODIN (Online Data INterface) project which seeks to gather and store as much detail as possible about people, places, events, documents, stories etc. connected to our village, and present it in as enjoyable and informative a manner as possible, for present and future generations.

Credits for their contributions to this stage go to James Hooper for compilation, development and transcription, David Whitehouse for transcription and consultancy and to Rowena Bradnam and Ian Roberts for transcription.


You can:

Search by forename, surname or both. Use full or partial names. Not case sensitive.

Search for up to three people – allows for husband + wife’s married name + wife’s maiden name, for example.

Choose the census year or years for specific queries or search multiple years to get an individual’s or family’s story through time.

Choose to omit “closed” records. These are records that have been redacted due the person concerned still being alive, at the time of transcription.

Once you have searched you have the option to hide rows where there are a lot of results and only some are relevant to your particular query.


As a suggestion try typing “Coombe” into the Surname field and click Submit to see the history of our benefactor Molly’s family.

The next instalment of the database will allow researchers to record family trees within the parish.

Please let us know what you think in the comments section below.



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Contributing research

All information held by Bishopsteignton Heritage and displayed on this website has been researched and contributed by people within and who have connections to the village. People like YOU. If you have anything you would like to add there are 3 ways of doing it.

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