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Entry from White's Devonshire 1878:

Abbotsham, a parish and village nearly two miles west of Bideford, is in Bideford union, county court district, and petty sessional division, Northern division of the county, Barnstaple archdeaconry, Hartland rural deanery, and Shebbear hundred. It had 421 inhabitants (198 males, 223 females) in 1871, living in 62 houses on 1708 acres of land, extending westward to the shore of Bideford or Barnstaple Bay. E. U. Vidal, Esq., is lord of the manor, but Dr. Heywood Smith, Mr. Richard Turner, Mr. Taylor, and a few smaller owners have estates here.

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