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Upton Pyne is a charming parish and village to the northwest of Exeter. St Mary’s Church is built of local volcanic stone and dates back to the 13th century.

The manor came into the possession of the Pyne family during the reign of Henry I (1100 – 1135) when Herbert de Pine took over the land.

In the early 18th century the heiress of Stafford of Pynes married her neighbour Sir Henry Northcote (5th Baronet) and took the manor to him, Sir Henry probably built the present Pynes House, a typical Queen Anne house.

The family gave their name to the village of  Upton Pyne.