Ashton, a parish in Devon, adjoining the river Teign, 4 miles N of Chudleigh, with a station on the Teign Valley branch of the G.W.R. Post town, Chudleigh under Newton Abbot. Acreage, 2182; population of the civil parish, 209; of the ecclesiastical, 194. The Chudleighs were proprietors for several hundred years; and their mansion, some remains of which still exist, was garrisoned for King Charles I., and taken by the Parliamentarians. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; value, £270. The church is a small ancient edifice, with square turreted tower. By a Local Government order in 1884, Middle Bramble and Lower Bramble were amalgamated with the parish.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Ashton St. John the Baptist|
|Poor Law union||St. Thomas|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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Directories & Gazetteers
The Description of Ashton from White's Directory and topography of Devonshire, 1878.
We have transcribed the entry for Ashton from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Ashton (St. John the Baptist))
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Devon online:
The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1564, with additions from the earlier visitation of 1531, is online.
The Visitations of the County of Devon, comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620, with additions by Lieutant-Colonel J.L. Vivian, published for the author by Henry S. Eland, Exeter 1895 is online.