Axmouth is a village, civil parish and former manor in the East Devon district of Devon, England, near the mouth of the River Axe. The village itself is about 1 mile (1.6 km) inland, on the east bank of the Axe estuary. The parish extends along the estuary to the sea, and a significant distance to the east. The village is near Seaton and Beer which are on the other side of the Axe estuary. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 493.

Axmouth over R. Axe
Audio recording of birds on the estuary, by Lawrence Shove, March 1966
St Michael's Church, Axmouth


In the will of King Alfred the Great, a copy of which is in the British Library, Axmouth was left to his youngest son Aethelweard.[1]

According to Historic England, 'Axmouth was ranked as a major port by the mid-14th century and accounted for 15% of the country’s shipping trade'.[2] The remains of a late medieval fishing boat can be seen at low tide in the River Axe, just south-west of the village.[2][3]

Historic estatesEdit

Within the parish of Axmouth are various historic estates including:

  • Stedcombe House is a Grade I listed William and Mary house and estate, to the north of Axmouth village. It was built in about 1697 by Richard Hallett on the site of the earlier Stedcombe House, that was destroyed during the English Civil War. The Hallett family acquired the estate in 1691 from Sir Walter Yonge of Escot.


The village includes some thatched cottages, the church has a fifteenth-century tower and a carved Norman doorway and pillars. The Tudor period Bindon House is nearby and the remains of a hillfort can be seen on Hawkesdown Hill above the village. An early concrete bridge crosses the mouth of the river close to the harbour which is home to a yacht club.[8] There is also a golf course.


  1. ^ "S1507". Electronic Sawyer. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Three Historic Shipwrecks Given Protection". Historic England. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Three of England's oldest shipwrecks can still be seen on sand and mud in Devon". Culture24. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  4. ^ Pole, Sir William (d.1635), Collections Towards a Description of the County of Devon, Sir John-William de la Pole (ed.), London, 1791, p.123
  5. ^ History of Parliament biography of Walter Erle (1586–1665)[1]
  6. ^ "The Henrician Partbooks belonging to Peterhouse, Cambridge (Cambridge University Library, Peterthouse Manuscripts 471-474): A Study, with Restorations of the Incomplete Compositions Contained in them". Submitted by Nicholas John Sandon to the University of Exeter as a dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Music in the Faculty of Arts February 1983. Revised summer 2009 for inclusion in DIAMM (Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music) Source:Chapters I-II [2]; Chapter III, Volume I: "The Composers in Ph", pp.81-114, including Walter Erle (d.1581), pp.86-96 [3]
  7. ^ Risdon, Tristram (d.1640), Survey of Devon, 1811 edition, London, 1811, with 1810 Additions, pp.25-6
  8. ^ Peter Long (2005). The Hidden Places of Devon. Travel Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-904434-30-4.

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